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Q. 10 year old chihuahua. Gastro-intestinal bleeding ulcers. Taking meprazolic and sucrassyl, blood on her feces everytime, no longer vomiting blood.

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A. If this is fresh red blood it is an additional problem and indicates a bleed in the lower end of the gut whereas if it is black and tarry it is still in her upper GI tract. I would find a very easily digestible food in order to reduce the amount of work her gut lining is required to do and give it a chance to repair. She may also benefit from antibiotics if her white blood cell count is raised and management for kidney disease if this is also present as this can contribute to ulceration

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