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My dog has digestive issue. Vomit and...

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11 Jan 2022

My dog has digestive issue. Vomit and diarrhea followed by jelly like, and tarry stool. His poop finally firm up, but I saw white slimy spaghetti shaped stuff in his stool today. I wondered if I should give him over the counter dewormer before I can actually get an appointment with a vet.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did your dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: The vomit and diarrhea happened after overeating and trying new kibbles.
JA: What is your dog's name and age?
Customer: Captain, 9
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: He's vomitted pink foam early in the morning twice in the past two months (mid-Nov. & early January). He seems to have heart burn cause by stomach acid. I wondered what kind of lab tests he needs to find out whether he has GERD or erosive esophagitis (?). I think the colors of his poop (black) and vomit (pink foam) indicate blood from upper digestive tract.
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Dog Specialist's response
11 Jan 2022
Veterinarian

Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for asking your question and trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 20 years of experience.

As a note, Just Answer will automatically offer you a phone call - that is not from me and is not always helpful - nor I am not always able to take a phone call - so please don't accept without checking in via text first.

This could possibly due to intestinal parasites but worms are unusual in an adult dog to cause vomiting and diarrhea. They usually just cause diarrhea, not the vomiting. Is he eating well and acting normal or does it seem like he feels ill with this? As well when you say "tarry" do you mean "black" because that's a big deal if he has black stool.

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Customer reply
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black stool. All black first, but only partially black after switching to bland diet.
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Dog Specialist's response
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Veterinarian

Black stool means there is internal bleeding since this is digested blood. But the picture is not concerning that there is significant bleeding and it looks semi-formed.The white thing int he picture does not look like a parasite. I am suspicious something else is causing diarrhea.  What is all the corn-like substance in the food? Did she eat something like bird seed? That would cause diarrhea.

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Dog Specialist's response
11 Jan 2022
Veterinarian

Please let me know what questions you have. If you only want some options for home-care I can provide that so long as she is doing great.

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Customer reply
11 Jan 2022
I gave him some Slippery Elm Powder mix in water around 5pm yesterday. Maybe that’s what the white slimy stuff is?
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Customer reply
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Following two pictures are his poop this morning:
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Dog Specialist's response
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Veterinarian

Are you on good terms with your vet such that you can drop off a stool sample for them to at least do a stool check for worms? Are you highly worried about parasites? Again, most adult dogs (especially if on monthly heart worm preventive) are not going to get roundworms which is what it sounds like you are worried about.

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Dog Specialist's response
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Veterinarian

These stools are pretty normal

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Customer reply
11 Jan 2022
His stool this morning looks normal, but it went a little loose this afternoon. Does it mean I fed him too much?
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Customer reply
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We did feces test in mid Nov. and he was cleared with parasites. Should I do it again?
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Customer reply
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I worry more about the black stool, which means internal bleeding. Do I need to take my dog to vet for ultrasound or X-ray for the issue since his stools sometimes are partial black.
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Customer reply
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I also found out that my dog would vomit foam in the morning if I don’t feed him early enough (caused by acid empty stomach?)
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Dog Specialist's response
11 Jan 2022
Veterinarian

I doubt feeding too much would do this. With your worry of worms, I suggest drop off a stool sample at your vet to double check but I'm sure it's fine. Here are a few at-home suggestions at home you can do so long at she is eating great and feels good:

1) Feed a bland diet for 3 to 4 days. I like cooked ground turkey and sweet potato (or you can buy a high quality prepared of this made by Wellness in a can of Turkey/Sweet potato). Or you can do chicken and rice.

2) Start a probiotic such as one made for dogs (Proviable or Fortiflora) or you may use culturelle as made for people (1 capsule daily). Or if you cannot get any of those products then give 1 tsp of plain yogurt once daily.

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Dog Specialist's response
11 Jan 2022
Veterinarian

For black stool, we worry if the entire stool is black, not just a part. Sometimes a bit may be discolored from the different transit time through the gut or more irritation in the colon. But if there is more diarrhea and all of it is black, then this is a reason for a visit to the vet for and exam and testing.

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Customer reply
11 Jan 2022
He actually vomited pink foam twice in the past 50 days. I found it helps give him Pepcid AC for acid control. Is long-term use of Famotidine ok? When should I stop give him the acid control medicine?
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Dog Specialist's response
11 Jan 2022
Veterinarian

Pepcid is a great choice. That infrequent for vomiting is not necessarily concerning. If it increases to several times a week then this is more worrisome. I would continue Pepcid through the diarrhea and then perhaps stop in about a week. See if the probiotic might help.

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Customer reply
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I give this probiotic yeast to my dog starting last Wed. Should I switch to the Proviable or Fortiflora?
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Dog Specialist's response
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Veterinarian

I am not familiar with that product and can make no comment on its quality. There is no regulation on probiotics so you have to trust the one you use. I you feel good about this then that's fine to use. I trust the ones I mentioned and have a few others I like such as Standard Process ProSynbiotic and VetriScience Enteroflora.

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Customer reply
11 Jan 2022
Thanks for the suggestions. How about the VetriScience ones in the picture?
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Dog Specialist's response
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Veterinarian

Yes, I trust this product to have good quality to it. Excellent choice.

Thank you for visiting. Keep me posted on her progress. You can respond to this with an update in the future if you like. Have a great evening.

- Dr. Joey

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Customer reply
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Have a great evening!
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Dog Specialist's response
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Thank you.

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