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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 48 years of experience.
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My dog has been sick over the past 20 hours and now I’ve

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My dog has been sick over the past 20 hours and now I’ve noticed bright red blood from his bottom with runny poo. He doesn’t want to go for a walk but has had a little food and water
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Did the dog eat anything unusual recently?
Customer: not that we know of. We are visiting my Mum so it’s a different environment but his diet is the same unless he picked something up in the park
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Jacko. He is a Lakeland terrier aged 10 and otherwise very fit and healthy
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Jacko?
Customer: not really
Submitted: 15 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 15 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 15 days ago.

I'm sorry to hear about this with Jacko. You appear to be describing the acute hemorrhagic diarrhea syndrome – previously called hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. This is an umbrella term that refers to hemorrhagic enteritis or colitis associated with a number of infectious and non-infectious causes and that typically lasts less than a week in duration. Most important, it can dehydrate and electrolyte imbalance such a small dog quite quickly and these dogs can be lost within 24-48 hours. I encourage your finding a 24-hour veterinary facility where he could be hospitalized on IV fluids and ancillary care be given parenterally - in any manner other than orally.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
He is drinking plenty of water and just had a bite to eat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 15 days ago.

Thank you. That makes his prognosis better. Please continue in this conversation if you wish.