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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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hi i have a male belgium shephard hes been vomiting 3 or 4

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hi i have a male belgium shephard hes been vomiting 3 or 4 times w3ithin the week his vomit was yellow and brown but he hasnt been sick since but has had diarroeha with a little blood in it he is 13 years old normally fit he still plays now and again and barks
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking with Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I suspect that many vets were reluctant to give you a less than satisfactory answer. Vomiting and diarrhea aren't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. Primary gastrointestinal disorders such as a simple dietary indiscretion, ingesting something new, inappropriate, or perhaps a non-food item are considered but we also need to consider that major organ dysfunction at Marley's age can also cause those symptoms - pancreatitis, hepatitis, renal and hepatic insufficiency, e.g.

I'll "watchful wait" most patients for up to 72 hours to see if they remiss unaided. I'm not as patient with a 13 year old who has much less reserve than a much younger dog. I'm concerned that you're now seeing hematochezia (blood in the stool) which can indicate ulceration in the GI tract, severe inflammation, or cancers.

Unless Marley remisses within the next 48 hours, I encourage having his vet take a look at him. I would expect a gastrointestinal diagnostic panel of blood and urine tests to be performed and perhaps X-rays or ultrasound of his abdomen performed as well.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.