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Readers Respond: Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis - Prompt veterinary care is critical

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Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis (HGE) in dogs is a sudden-onset episode of vomiting and diarrhea, often very bloody in nature. The exact cause is unknown, but there are many theories: diet, allergy, a bacterial infection or bacterial toxin, virus, reaction to an intestinal parasite, etc. Stress may play a role in the development of HGE. HGE can affect any breed, gender, and age. Quick veterinary treatment and supportive care is essential.

Have you experienced HGE with a pet? What were the first presenting signs? What was the main course of treatment? Read stories from other viewers. Share your stories here. HGE episodes with my pet

Lost my puppy to HGE

My 2 1/2 year old mix breed dog started vomiting dark brown piles quite frequently. I didn't really think much of it because she threw up quite a bit in the past. She then threw up a big glob of bright red blood. I immediately rushed her to the vet where she spent 2 nights. I woke the morning after the 2nd night to find out that she did not make it through the night. I was devastated, and still am. I know my vet did everything he could to save her and I am very grateful to him. He said she had had the most severe case he had ever seen. If your dog shows any sign of blood, AT ALL, take your dog to the vet immediately. I waited too long to take her, but if you take immediate action, you may be able to save your dog.
—Guest elprocks

Vile and without warning

My 5 1/2 yr old Chihuahua all of a sudden became quite listless. She refused to go to bed in her usual space. I estimate that between 930pm and 730am, she had several movements which were bright red pools of blood. I rushed her to the vet this morning and she was already spiraling downward. I do believe that we are on the way to recovery as she has taken some bland food twice since I brought her home. The IV is still in her arm in case she does not progress properly. Very sad little dog...it hit her like a bomb. The only thing that I can think might have set this into motion were dog treats (made in USA). I gave her a 1" piece and have been told that the coatings cause gut problems. None of the other 8 dogs have shown any symptoms.
—Guest norma

5th episode

My Pomeranian cross Sammi has suffered through another terrifying episode of HGE today. This makes either 5 or 6 times he has been struck with explosive bloody diarrhea and frothy vomiting but he has recovered from each episode ok. He is 6 years old and we have basically experienced at least one attack a year. Terrifying does not cover it! We have had him at emergency vet each time, on IV fluids, antibiotics. The first and second times they did a slew of other tests, over $2000 each time. He has also had 2 knee operations. As I have no two legged children, and he is my first dog, I have wanted to do everything I can to give him the best possible life. This latest episode I have started to think that this is something that just cannot go on. Much as I love him, I can't afford continual emergency care, especially as I believe he will continue to get this periodically. I don't know what to do, he is the most lovable soul and is so happy when not sick with this terrible disease!
—Guest Lindy

yorkie

My dog munchkin died yesterday morning. I believe she had HGE based on her symptoms. I wish I could have did more to help her. She had the symptoms several times before but always came out of it. She had several of the causes which are stress & hypeness. I believe she became stressed 3 years ago when we brought another dog into the home. Now that we know the symptoms we'll know how to help during the illness since we can't afford vet visits at this time. I wish I would have researched much, much sooner & just maybe my munchkin would still be here. Feeling sad in New Orleans.
—Guest Sarah

A large amount of blood in my bed?

I have 2 yorkies and they sleep with me in bed, I am a very light sleeper and last night I didn't hear anything that would make me worry about the dogs, but at 430 when my husband got up to go to work he turned on the bedroom light and his underwear were covered with blood he thought I was bleeding, ( I Wasn't and I didn't have any blood on me, I pulled the covers back and there was more blood on the sheets, the dogs both seemed fine and neither of them had blood on them that I could see, I'm very concerned because this is the 2nd time I have found a large amount of blood where my little boy yorkie has been, I don't know where this blood is coming from I don't know if he's throwing up because I have never seen him do that? Is there anything I should do? He seems fine he plays and runs around like he always has, I just am afraid of loosing him to something that a Vet could fix....Any answers would help at this point, he was just a the Vet and they said he was ok
—Guest Elizabeth

My sweet Corgi has had HGE twice

My sweet Corgi had her first episode of vomiting and bloody diarrhea at around age 3yrs. The symptoms came on suddenly and she lost a lot of blood from her bowel. there was blood everywhere. She was dehydrated in a matter of hours. She was hospitalized with IV fluids and medications for vomiting and diarrhea. She was sent home on a bland diet (Science Prescription canned food) and metronidazole. She was healthy for the most part. Whenever she would have a slight incident of diarrhea with a little bit of blood, I would start her back on the metronidazole and it has always been effective, along with a bland diet, no wheat, wheat gluten, corn, grains, fatty foods of any kind! With our Corgi it has always appeared to be diet related! She must have a strict limited ingredient diet or she gets very sick, very quickly with frothy, bloody, thick vomit and foul, bloody diarrhea. I always have metronidazole on hand to administer to her immediately with any signs of diarrhea and/or bleed
—Guest Leslie2014

lost penny lane

lost penny lane in two days. vomiting bloody stool took to vet but she did not make it . she was 6yrs old my husbands baby girl . he has kidney stones this lost has crushed him. very depressed and sad.
—Guest vickie cotton

No vet, EMERGANCY animal hospital!!

9 yr maltese never left alone observed in everything.. She has yeasty feet which i try to remedy naturaly. before the HGE, trying to lick her feet. 10 times more than usual. interesting her intense itchy feet flared up on weds, by sat morn she was near death.. fri nyt 8pm tummy extreamly tight. 1st sign. drinking water like it was going out of fashion. 2nd sign. At 11pm fri nyt became anxious kept getting off the bed to walk around. could not settle. All night went on. 3rd sign. Im attentive so i did not sleep at all, 7am onwards she was throwing up water every few hours. No sleep and was in distress. By 3pm vomiting every 10mins, breathing looked and sounded congested. In pain. Took to vet, gave pain med and nausa stop. Home. By 11pm unresponsive, glass eyes, first poo for the whole time Moave red shooting out like a sause bottle. 11:20 blue tounge cant swallow can't move lying on side She is in shock. Race to EAH, 24hour care, straight on IV. 24hours later and she's home alive. Just.
—Guest Tiffany

Lost husky to HGE

Lost my best friend to this. I didn't see his vomiting or blood in stool as he was an outside dog. I did notice him depressed & slow moving. Thought he just had an upset stomach. He was fine on a Tuesday, sick on a Wed, took him to the vet on Thursday morning as he was more sick & left him for treatment, he died 15 minutes after I left. Very sad. My sister got him from a shelter 6 years ago & when she brought him home out a room full of people he ran up to me first. I knew he would be my dog when we locked eyes. His love saved my life throughout 6 years in my hardships & I saved his, from the shelter, from almost getting ran over, running away & being found. It was a constant circle of unconditional love. Most handsome, best personality & loving dog that I have ever had. He was fast & liked chasing rabbits! I only lost him 3 days ago & my heart still hurts. You will be missed Apache, you were my best friend:)
—Guest Justin

Rosemaryuk

Florence fell ill very quickly. Vomiting then strawberry syrup then rusty coloured rotten fish smelling liquid shooting out from rear end.highly distressed. Rushed to emergency cover put on drip for three days. Very depressed. Has taken 2 weeks to recover. Bowels have not returned to normal. Trying new foods, feeding earlier to avoid an interrupted night's sleep. Thankfully this is working. Nightmare experience thought we were going to lose her. Pray to God this won't reoccur. Florence is a 2 yr old mini schnauzer.
—rosemaryuk

My Boxer, Penny, recovering from HGE

We had appointments and were gone most of the day. Penny does not touch her food while we are out. Still did not eat it that night and when I took her out ate some grass and vomited. The next morning there was a small amount of diarrhea on the carpet. Put fresh food & water out and she never touched it. Seemed to sleep more than usual that day. Had diarrhea again so I checked online first, then gave her one Imodium tablet. When I got up the next morning, there was diarrhea and now blood on the carpet. Also foamy vomit was in several spots on the floor. It was a Sunday so no choice but to take her to the emergency animal hospital. They did some blood work and determined the red blood cells were a little high and suggested possibly GHE. Gave us the option of keeping Penny overnight or us taking her home with subcutaneous fluid treatment. We decided to let her stay as they told us the i.v. treatment would work faster. She came home in a.m. & She's feeling much better a week later.
—Guest Laurie Crusoe

I lost my Charlie

Like most my Charlie showed all signs of having first stages of HGE ( foamy vomite and the runs ) lack of interest in food Tuesday afternoon .. So rang my local vet no help as I didn't have the consult fee straight up rang another same thing was given the number for the animal welfare league .. Guess what same thing consult fee or surrender .. Rang friends for help but no one had available cash .. AWL sang back 20 mins later asking how I went .. Anyway I had no luck so they said to bring him in and chat with the vet ... At vets office he checked his eyes his eyes his abdomen gums but that's it !!! Told I could of been something he'd eaten and to fast him for 12 hrs Then was the how much can you afford today .. I gave my last $20 ..Charlie past away early Wednesday morning .. I'd like it to be manditory that any dog showing signs of parvo or HGE to be blood tested before they leave any vet clinic regardless of costing that could be worked out later .. Its a matter of life or death
—Guest Rose

waited too long

Around December of last year my 7 year old rat terrier/mix started having diarrhea (2013). She did not start to vomit until Today (march 2014). The only sign we had that anything was wrong was the diarrhea. It was foul in odor and increased over time. Only on a few occasions during this time did I find blood. I didn't think that anything serious was wrong and had several friends tell me dogs her age sometimes have trouble going and it would pass overtime. Even if your dog seems fine and is only having diarrhea. Take them to the vet. No matter what the cost. The pain they go through at death is truly unbearable for something that is treatable and can be cured if treated in time.
—Guest Brandi

waited too long

Around December of last year my 7 year old rat terrier/mix started having diarrhea (2013). She did not start to vomit until Today (march 2014). The only sign we had that anything was wrong was the diarrhea. It was foul in odor and increased over time. Only on a few occasions during this time did I find blood. I didn't think that anything serious was wrong and had several friends tell me dogs her age sometimes have trouble going and it would pass overtime. Even if your dog seems fine and is only having diarrhea. Take them to the vet. No matter what the cost. The pain they go through at death is truly unbearable for something that is treatable and can be cured if treated in time.
—Guest Brandi

Hemorrhagic diarrhoea

My 8yr old lab has been really fit and healthy all his life. I came home from work yesterday to find a very lethargic dog and two big pools of blood. I grabbed hold of him as he could not even get up himself and raced to the emergency vet. He had a big steroid shot to help him and given 6no tablets that have to be taken twice a day with chicken and rice. Buster is now responding to the medicine as he can get up himself and is starting to wag his tail a little. Please do not ignore a problem with your dog, if you see any blood in there poo get them to the vets as this disease can kill, but a quick response by yourself could save your dogs life as it is treatable.
—Guest Steve

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