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Constipated pup now has diarrhea and blood in vomit

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Puppy was constipated hadn’t gone since morning, threw up dinner last night. Does not seem lethargic but after several attempts had not passed stools.
Now, she did pass some liquid stool then kept trying and passed a small pellet she vomited in the midst of this, just clear liquid with blood. I'm taking her to the vet later.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

How many hours as it been since she passed stool?

Can she keep at least water down?

Any belly discomfort?

Are her gums pink or pale/white?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Her belly feels soft and she doesn't react to touching her belly. Color seems normal
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you,

Now if she is passing some liquid stool, straining, and vomiting; then we do need to tread with care and it is good that you plan to have her seen. This is because while we could see this with colitis (which can be secondary to diarrhea or cause diarrhea itself) and protozoal/parasite infections; there is risk of this being from a fecalith (hard ball of feces) or a gut blockage from her eating something she should not have.

In the meantime since her belly is comfortable and she has good gum color, consider trying her with a light/easily digestible diet. Since she did vomit, start with a small volume (a spoonful). Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free). When you offer that spoonful, give her 30 minutes to settle. If she keeps the food down, you can give a bit more and so on. As her stomach stabilizes, you can offer more. Once she is more steady, you can add fiber (ie canned pumpkin) +/- a GI lubricant (ie cat hair ball treatment would be best since we don't want her vomiting the liquid ones and risking aspiration) to these meals as they can help them pass hard feces and blockages. Of course, if she isn't settled and passing stool by the time her vet is open, a check +/- xray would be best to make sure we get to the root of this quickly as fecal impactions can require enemas and anything else caught could need surgical removal.

Please take care,

Dr. B.