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My dog has had the runs for 3 days and today I noticed a

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My dog has had the runs for 3 days and today I noticed a pool of runny black looking tar today
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Did the dog eat anything unusual recently?
Customer: not that I know of
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Eddie 7 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Eddie?
Customer: no I got him from Battersea at 9 months old and never been unwell
Submitted: 17 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 17 days ago.
Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.I'm sorry to hear this and appreciate your concern for Eddie.Are his gums pink and wet?
Is he lethargic or off his food?
Customer: replied 17 days ago.
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 17 days ago.
Sorry, which question was that "yes" in response to?
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 17 days ago.

Hi there, could you see my reply above?

Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 16 days ago.

Without further information it is difficult for me to provide the best advice but I will certainly try.

Please reply when you can and we can continue the conversation.

Diarrhoea and dark stool is a worry.

When we see tarry stool we worry about bleeding in the upper gut due to e.g. an infection, ulcer, cancer, parasites or toxin ingestion.

We'd want to know Eddie has pink and wet gums, is active and eating well. His breathing should be settled and he should not be bloated or wobbly when he walks.

If not, he should be seen urgently.

I'd offer a bland diet of chicken and rice alongside probiotics (such as Protexin Prokolin).

I'd also ensure he is up to date with a good quality wormer such as Panacur.

A vet check is important to assess him and analyse his stool.

Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 16 days ago.

I do hope this has helped and please let me know if you have any further questions.

Take care,

Linda.