My dog ate breakfast, vomited it, had 1 normal stool and then had 2 episodes of pooping blood. He did not eat dinner.

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Customer: My dog ate breakfast, vomited it, had 1 normal stool and then had 2 episodes of pooping blood. He did not eat dinner. Wondering about bringing him to the ED overnight vs the vet in the morning
JA: I'll do all I can to help. A lack of appetite can seem worrying. Does the dog also seem more tired than usual?
Customer: Yes. He went for a couple of walks since then but wasn’t asking for it like he usually does. On the first walk he stopped walking in the middle and was carried home.
JA: Does the dog seem to be in any pain?
Customer: No but he looks a little uncomfortable
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Boots, 4 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: That’s all. Thank you
Answered by Dr. Michael Salkin in 14 mins 11 months ago
Dr. Michael Salkin
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Dr. Michael Salkin is typing. Please be patient. I have 50 years of experience in canine, feline, avian, rodent, and rabbit medicine and surgery.

I'm sorry to hear about this with Boots.

You appear to be describing hematochezia - frank, nondigested, blood in the stool indicating bleeding from the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract, such as the colon, rectum, anus, or anal sacs.

It can due to disease of the distal GI tract or, less commonly, hemostatic/clotting disorders. The GI disease may be primary (neoplasia - benign polyp or malignant cancer; colitis) or secondary (e.g., uremia from kidney failure; hypoadrenocorticism/Addison's disease).

GI diseases predominate and include infectious organisms - parasites, bacteria, fungi; acute hemorrhagic diarrhea syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, drug administration, and many types of colitis.

Boots' vet will need to consider all of the above.  To know if he's an emergent patient, please check his vital signs for me...

1) Check his gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (cyanosis/hypoxia/lack of oxygen to his tissues).

2) Check his respiratory rate at rest. He should be taking less than 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest.

3) Take his rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into his rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F (38-39.2C). This is a two person job!

Please let me know what you find.

1) nice and pink
2) <30 breaths per minute
3) we don’t have a thermometer to check rectal temperature

Thank you.  Because he's not emergent an ER visit isn't needed at this time but I do want you to continue monitoring those vital signs as there are diseases that can rapidly result in profound anemia.  Do have Boots' vet attend to him tomorrow.  Please respond with additional questions and concerns if you wish.

Thank you so much for your help and expertise! I feel very reassured, will monitor overnight and take him to the vet tomorrow

You're quite welcome.  If you need clarification on anything I've posted or have additional questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask.

Will do. Thank you
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