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Understanding that your Airedale Terrier has been experiencing diarrhea with a bloody or black color multiple times a day for the past three days is concerning. Diarrhea of this nature can be indicative of several underlying conditions, including but not limited to gastrointestinal infections, parasites, dietary indiscretion, or even more serious conditions such as a bleeding disorder or gastrointestinal obstruction.

The presence of blood or a black, tarry appearance in the stool suggests that there may be bleeding within the gastrointestinal tract. If the blood is bright red, it typically indicates bleeding in the lower intestinal tract, such as the colon or rectum. If the stool is black and tarry, this can be a sign of bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract, such as the stomach or small intestines.

At home, it's important to monitor your dog closely. Ensure he has access to fresh water to prevent dehydration. You may also consider offering a bland diet, such as boiled chicken and rice, which can be easier on the digestive system. However, it's crucial not to make any sudden dietary changes without consulting a professional if the diarrhea persists.

Keep an eye out for additional symptoms that could indicate an emergency, such as vomiting, lethargy, a distended abdomen, or signs of pain. If your dog is unable to keep water down, becomes increasingly lethargic, or if the diarrhea worsens, these are signs that immediate veterinary attention is needed.

In the absence of other medical conditions and without any current medications, it's difficult to pinpoint the exact cause without further diagnostics, which would typically include a physical examination, fecal testing, blood work, and possibly imaging such as X-rays or an ultrasound.

It's also worth noting that while your dog's vaccination and flea and tick prevention statuses are not mentioned, staying up to date with these preventative measures is important for overall health and can prevent certain diseases that may cause symptoms like diarrhea.

In summary, monitor your dog's hydration status and overall behavior closely, offer a bland diet, and watch for any worsening of symptoms or the appearance of new ones. If the diarrhea has resolved and your dog is otherwise acting normally, continue to observe him for any recurrence of symptoms or other changes in health.

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