She has black tarry stool and is coughing or sounds like she is trying to cop some thing up. 7 year old pug. Female.

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Customer: She has black tarry stool and is coughing or sounds like she is trying to cop some thing up.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: 7 year old pug. Female. Spayed.
JA: When did you notice this tarriness? Did the Pug eat anything unusual?
Customer: Yes. When I was not home she ate a entire bag of bison liver dog treats. They were intended for another animal. She can only have hydrolyzed protein. It was about 113 g. Maybe more.
JA: What's the Pug's name?
Customer: Winnie or Wednesday
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: she has fungal allergies and is on Prednisone and ketoconazole.
Answered by BrandonG102 in 23 hours 1 year ago
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Good afternoon, I’m Dr. Gates and I’m happy to assist you this today.

My job here is to assess whether or not you pet needs to be examined and diagnostic tests run or if we can manage things safely at home.

I will do my best to go through everything with you and give you my professional advice based on the history and clinical signs. The more information I have the better the job I can do to help get you some answers for your pet.

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Black tarry stools are generally termed melena and can be caused by serious issues like stomach ulcers and internal bleeding. You can read about this condition here:

https://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/pet-health/melena-blood-in-stool-in-dogs/

Prednisone is a steroid and can lead to stomach ulcers and stomach bleeding which can show up as melena. I would discontinue giving any Prednisone and follow-up with your vet as soon as possible. Never give any NSAIDs like Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc. to dogs, especially with Prednisone.

You can try giving Pepcid AC (famotidine) or Prilosec (omeprazole).

The usual dosage of famotidine or omeprazole for dogs is 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg per pound of body weight given twice a day and is sold as over-the-counter medication.

Pills usually come in a strength of 10 mg, though they also come in amounts of 20 mg. This will decrease the amount of hydrochloric acid produced in the stomach in the event that Winnie does have an ulcer. Ulcers can quickly perforate and lead to peritonitis, so I would not delay in having her seen.

I hope this information was helpful and that Winnieis back to normal soon. You can provide updates and ask follow-up questions by picking up the chat in the window and I will answer when I am next online. Thank you for using Just Answer and have a wonderful day!

If any part of my response is unclear, please let me know. It’s my goal to deliver excellent service, so please let me know if there is anything more I can do. I invite you to ask me any follow-up questions. Thank you for using our site and for trusting me to answer your question.

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