Her family rushed her to the vet clinic where she had to stay the night, receive fluids, and was eventually diagnosed with Hemorrhaic Gastroenteritis (HGE). According to VCA Animal Hospitals, HGE can affect any breed, age, size, or gender of dog, but it is most common in small- and toy-breed dogs. Most cases of HGE occur suddenly in healthy dogs.
The exact cause of HGE can be related to eating non-food items or even dramatically different foods than what the dog is accustomed to, intestinal parasites and bacteria, or even stress, anxiety, and hyperactivity in many cases. Dogs with HGE will appear severely ill and, if left untreated, may die, so it is best to rush your dog to a vet immediately if you see the following symptoms:
- large amounts of bloody diarrhea, very often bright red
- a painful abdomen
- decreased appetite
- or fever
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