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Dog threw up blood. Dog is 10 years old.

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dog threw up blood. Dog is 10 years old.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Please call(###) ###-####dog threw up blood
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Did she get into anything?

2- Is she lethargic?

3- Any pre existing medical conditions?

4- Any other symptoms?

5- How much does she weigh?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
1. not sure . dog eats chipmunks
2. yes
3. bad hip bad knee on pain med tremedol one pill twice a day
4. does not want to eat but got her to eat twice today
5. 90 pounds
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

1- Is she on any other medication besides Tramadol?

2- Can you take a look at her gums and see if they are pink or pale?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
1. no others meds but takes supplement for joints (flexall)
she has been coughing for months while she eats. The vet put her on an antibiotic for the cough, but she is off that now.
2. pale gums
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Please give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Friend, when a dog is vomiting blood this could the result of disorders affecting the gastrointestinal tract or secondary to a systemic disease. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: Ulcers, ingestion of a foreign body, infections, tumors, kidney or liver disease, toxicity, etc. to name a few causes. The other concern is her gums being pale; this could be a sign of: Anemia, poor circulation, blood shifting, decrease blood pressure or cardiac output, etc. Dogs that go untreated with pale gums could have a fatal outcome.

Unfortunately we are somewhat limited as to what you can do at home. I would strongly recommend having her checked tonight by ER veterinarian for supportive care. In addition, the attending veterinarian will be able to run some test to try to determine the cause of the vomiting with blood. If you do not have access to ER vet this is what you can do until she is seen in the morning by family veterinarian:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium. Start her on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 10mg tablet every 12 hours. You can buy Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy.

2- No food or water for 6-8 hours. Need to give her gastrointestinal tract time to rest.

3- After 6-8 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, continue giving her water in small amount every hour or so. Leave her without food until she is seen by vet in the morning.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination in the morning.

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Dr. Peter

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She eats rat too. She did seem more alert this time when I checked her gums.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the additional information, may above recommendation continue the same.

Please reply if you have additional questions.