Searched the site for Colitis/bloody diarrhea threads but...
So long story short, took Ava out this morning around 7:30 am for her morning poop and when she squatted out came red brown liquid with a strong smell of iron. Not believing what I was seeing, I crouched down and took a good hard look at what landed on the ground --bloody liquid. Immediately I called out of work and whisked her to the vet at 9 am this morning. Of course in between I googled the symptoms (which in the worst case scenario led me to the conclusion of -- parvo!)
Told the vet what happened (after handing the vet tech a spoonful of her liquid stool) and things leading up to this morning -- on and off diarrhea (from soft formed stool to straight soft serve the past 24 hours) to dry heaving/vomiting clear liquid/yellow bile over night into this morning. Her energy is high but all night I kept taking Ava out at her request so she can poop. I have a flashlight on my phone so it was all brown soft serve until this morning's poop scare. This morning was her first refusal or really, lack of interest in food.
Vet prescribed Famotidine for her tummy and Metronidazole for inflammation of her intestines that my vet has attributed to colitis. This was after an xray was done to confirm that there was no blockage in her stomach. I've given her Famotidine earlier and she hasn't been dry heaving yet. I've been trickling water down her throat every 30 minutes or so because she hasn't gone to her water bowl at all on her own -- something she doesn't appreciate. I've waited an hour or so after to give her Metronidazole. It's hard because she hasn't eaten so I've fed her the pill with a little piece of bread.
So of course while I was at the vet I was on the forum searching high and low for threads on colitis, parvo, SIBO, etc., while I was waiting for them to do the xray. Obviously, I'm worried and am already thinking the worse and mentally preparing myself for any potential emotional anguish down the road. Having had gone through cancer with my last dog and doing all that I can, remembering the pain doesn't really make me look forward to anything. I know I should think positive but I just don't want to take a misstep and glaze over a symptom or anything that can lead to something more than just colitis. Just taking her out to poop and watching red brown liquid squirt out makes me upset (not falling apart upset just upset in a grim way).
I fed her boiled beef and rice (chicken allergy here) this morning post vet visit and before giving her Famotidine but she threw that up thus why I'm now doing slightly warmer than room temp water (a little honey is added) and a small piece of bread wrapped around the pill.
AND...on a separate issue, the vet noticed an abnormally large heart for a 9 month old female GSD (64lbs) with a heart murmur that now has graduated to a level 2.
So I'm not sure what the purpose of this thread is now that I'm on the 5th or 6th paragraph but for those who have had dogs who got a sudden onset of colitis...how long does the bloody diarrhea last? Also, dogs with large hearts...any input other than the scary articles I found online? I think I'm looking for some source of comfort to quell down my freak out right now...
Or any input on how I can do things to help Ava feel better would be nice too...