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The symptoms you're describing in your Yorkshire Terrier, such as diarrhea that is bloody or black, lethargy, and loss of appetite, are concerning and can be indicative of several underlying conditions. Bloody or black diarrhea can suggest gastrointestinal bleeding, which can be caused by a variety of issues including infections, ingestion of toxins or foreign objects, or underlying health conditions such as ulcers or cancer. The lethargy and loss of appetite further support the seriousness of the situation, as they often accompany more significant illnesses.
Given the duration of 8 days and the multiple occurrences per day, it's important to address dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, which can be life-threatening, especially in a small breed dog like a Yorkshire Terrier. To help manage dehydration, you can offer small amounts of water frequently or an electrolyte solution designed for dogs. However, this is a supportive measure and not a cure for the underlying cause.