Monday, July 13, 2009

A Horrible End For A Wonderful Companion

This weekend, my best friend and oldest companion died. She was 8 1/2 years old. Even for an Akita, that's young. She died of Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis or HGE. An almost unknown disease which can take a dog's life in a matter of hours. I decided to write this blog because of the lack of information on this subject.

I encourage all dog owners to contribute and share their thoughts and their own stories. The only thing which will save more dogs from this horrible fate is if we all inform each other.

What is Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis?

It is a possibly fatal disease which can strike any dog at any time. There is no known cause for it other than some speculation that it could be a virus, or parasite. It could also be caused by allergies, a change in diet, stress and many other reasons.

How do I know if my dog has it?

The signs are blood in the dog's vomit and bloody diarrhea. However, in Ansel's case, she showed no clear signs of blood either in her vomit, or in her diarrhea. So watch closely. If you suspect that there is even the smallest amount of blood, rush your dog to the vet.

Is it curable?

Most of the cases of HGE have been cured. The most important thing is to recognize the signs early and act quickly. There is only about a 10-15% chance of fatality with treatment. That's WITH treatment. Without treatment, as in Ansel's case, fatality is almost guaranteed. There is also a 10-15% chance of HGE recurring in your dog once they've had it. So again, it takes dedication and diligence to spot it and get your dog to the vet.

What's the treatment?

Hospitalization is a must. The vet will administer an IV with fluids, antibiotics and sometimes potassium. There is also a possibility of a blood transfusion in cases that need it.

What is the recovery time?

Most dogs should recover in a few days. In that time, their diet should consist of bland foods like boiled rice and boiled burger. After a week, or so a normal diet can resume.

ANSEL JANUARY 2001 - AGE 3 MONTHS
Ansel Jan 2001
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ANSEL JANUARY 2002 - AGE 1 YEAR AND 3 MONTHS
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ANSEL SEPTEMBER 2006 - AGE 5 YEARS AND 11 MONTHS
Ansel Sept 2006
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ANSEL FEBRUARY 2008 - 7 YEARS AND 5 MONTHS
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91 comments:

  1. Hi. I just read through this post of your beloved dog Ansel and it brought tears to my eyes. I just picked up my dog from the vet and they diagnosed her with the same condition. She was at the hospital all day and was put on IV. They said she was stable enough to take home. I have to bring her back in tomorrow morning to finish her IV treatment. I'm sitting here surfing the net & trying to figure out what happened and what could have caused this to happen.

    I'm worried, scared and hope she'll feel better soon. Prayers ...

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    1. Can someone please help me I am devastated that my Yorke died two days ago. She was vomiting foam no Diarrhea she stopped drinking water but then started drinking again she waddled sound a little while then got up on the dogs in her spot and did maybe twenty min later. What could have caused this. Please help me to vote with her loss. My heart hurts so bad

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    2. My 2 dogs died a day apart.vomiting foamy mucus and bloody diarrhea. They both ate beneful healthy puppy 3 days prior to there death. Their breathe smelled like antifreeze which i found out the purina uses two chemicals that are equal to antifreeze. So if your dog has symptoms as such you only have a few hr window to save them

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    3. My yorkie just died today from it no known cause he was fine Monday and today the bloody diarrhea it was to late

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  2. I would like to give you my most humbling condolences. The "love" of our lives, our chocolate lab Hershey is going to the vet tomorrow morning for (I suspect) this very thing, which I had never heard of until this evening. I don't think you should feel guilty about anything, though I would probably be the same way. Sounds to me like you loved your baby dearly.
    I am very sorry.

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  3. Julie,

    I am terribly sorry to hear about Hershey. My thoughts are with you!

    Please let me know how it goes.

    Taylor

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  4. My , not quite, 2-yr old Pomeranian, Pookie just died of this
    last night...I thank you for your post as it is helping me to deal
    with all of these feelings....especially the "what if I'd taken him in
    sooner?" pains.
    Pookie was just feeling a little sick, and then we woke up to see
    him on the floor with clear fluid and diarhea everywhere. We took
    him to the vet, they put him on IV in the morning & he died 10 hrs
    later of cardiac arrest. I feel your pain in the suddenness of this hge.

    Thx again,
    jessie

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  5. So sorry for the loss of your beautiful dog. I am looking into adopting a dog who was abdandoned at a shelter with this disease... cruel huh? I am going to go get her right now and take her to the vet.

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  6. It's 4am here in the UK and I have just returned from the emergency vet. Seems my Schnauzer has what poor Ansel had. I am so glad that I took her to get attention although I agonised for hours over calling the vet out of hours. The scary thing was the speed in which this thing took her over - a matter of hours. Sorry for you loss.

    Richard

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  7. My condolences on the loss of your dear Ansel! My Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is slowly recovering from HGE. This last weekend, he spent two days at the Emergency Vet Hospital after vomitting blood. He became very sick in just a short amount of time, and fortunately received the treatment necessary for survival. Thank you for bringing awareness to this potentially deadly disease!

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  8. Im so sorry to hear about your loss. I live in mexico and I just brought my dog in a few hours ago. Things are not that advanced here and I hope that he is ok. they just gave him a shot because he did not seem that dehydrated. he seems ok but we shall see. don't blame yourself.

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. My dog is in the hospital right now fighting HGE. She never really throws up but did three times in one night. I thought maybe she had just gotten into something but called the vet just to be sure and thank god I did because an hour after I left her at the vet she started to bleed out. She is fighting for life now its been two days. Its so easy to feel like I could have done something more. I should have been able to stop it but the truth is HGE is just fast and evil and and no ones fault.

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  10. My dog got out of the vet today. I took her in fri
    I've had to feed her with a 10 ml syringe every two hrs.
    I went and got her a baked chickin and I'm feeding her
    table spoon every two hrs she eats that on her own

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  11. Our one year-old Miniature Schnauzer also has HGE. Between my husband's lunch break and getting home from work, our dog went from healthy and happy to explosive diarrhea. Luckily, we got him to the emergency vet as soon as we saw a drop of blood in his diarrhea (he had not begun vomiting at this point) and after one night in the hospital, he is on his way to recovery. At least, he sure is eating like a pig!

    Thank you for sharing Ansel's story. I hope that it saves many dogs' lives.

    Does anyone out there have pet health insurance (the visit was less than $500, but I would like to avoid paying that much again!), and would HGE be covered under your plan?

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  12. Our 85-pound Australian Shepherd is recovering from HGE. We are lucky -- she vomited blood on Sunday afternoon but the vet didn't seem concerned when I called; he said he'd see her but it could wait until the next day if not resolved. By the time we got to the vet on Monday she could barely get out of the car. Very high hematocrit, severe dehydration.

    If I had known at the time, I would have insisted she be seen immediately. Fortunately, she is now recovering at home after a night in the hospital.

    I would suspect that HGE is covered under pet insurance. Unfortunately, because HGE can reoccur, our dogs may not be insurable......

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  13. Our six-year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is recovering from this disease. He was perfectly healthy. Three days ago, I awoke to a nightmare of a large pool of bright red blood on the hall floor, then saw another and several areas of vomit, and found him under a table listless. Then I saw the blood stains around his tail area, I grabbed him with a towel and called the vet as I drove him as fast as I could that I was on my way. After 24 hrs of tests and IV fluids, blood plasma, and antibiotics, he is home on his way, so far, to recovery. I thought I had overreacted. I never heard of this horrible disease. Bless you for posting this tribute to Ansel. Your story will surely save other dogs' lives as pet owners learn of the real urgency of action when HGE strikes.

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  14. Our six year old Airedale Terrier, Alfie, is (hopefully) now recovering from this disease. He was perfectly healthy, then he just went downhill fast, refusing food and water and went outside to leave a large pool of blood. He has spent 2 days in a veterinary hospital on IV and antibiotics. He is now home, very sleepy, but also very hungry so hopefully he is recovering. We had never heard of this disease and neither had the breeder who we spoke to. Your story is saving lives, we only knew about it from your tribute to Ansel.

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  15. Our dog Harley, a 5 year old rott-shepherd mix, is now home and recovering from this horrific syndrome. We are so blessed that he got treatment in time. I was just researching this and found your blog. I am so sorry for the loss of your gorgeous dog. Thanks for posting this and helping to raise awareness for HGE.

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  16. my dog is presently in the hospital on an iv with this disease. i am so heartbroken and so scared. thank you for this posting this blog. i also am so upset bc we waited two days to take her in. she hadn't been feeling well when we picked her up from the kennel and we figured she was "upset". we then saw a pool of blood last night, and took her in for a fluid shot. she has a pool of blood again today and they admitted her into the hospital. my heart goes out to everyone on this blog.

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  17. Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures of Ansel. I am so sorry for the loss of your companion. We had to go though the same thing but were lucky with our outcome. This weekend was horrible. Our dog , Sadie, a cockerspaniel/toy poodle, began vomiting up blood on Thursday. She then had a terrible odor , followed by bloody diarrhea. I was worried but didn't call the vet until later that afternoon. She ended up staying at the Animal Hospital all day on Friday and Saturday so that they could give her hydration through an IV. They also gave her antibiotics and B12. We were able to bring her home for the night after the full day of hydration. It was the longest night of my life and she didn't look like she would make it. I held her half the night as she layed in my arms lifeless. She pulled through the night and was much better after the second round of hydration at the hospital. She is now home and doing well. Dogs that have had this can have a relapse, so know to watch for the signs again. Please tell anyone who has a dog about this syndrome/disease so that it can be caught immediately. We waited because we didn't know but we were very fortunate that Sadie survived. I am angry that this disease is so sudden in healthy dogs and that it takes their life so quickly!

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  18. This just happend to us with our Black Lab over the weekend. I had not noticed anything wrong with him Friday day or night. But Saturday morning I went to let him out and he had a bout of Diarreah and some vomiting. I put him in the garage for the day so that he didn't mess in his crate. I had to leave for a funeral out of town. While there my daughter calls to see if I am home. She had left her computer in the house and wanted to retrieve it. I told her to let herself in and check on Gage..(our baby) to see if he was ok and to give him water. 10 minutes later she called me back telling me of the horrific scene she has seen in the garage. There was blood everywhere she said. Said he needed an "exorsism" I rushed home to find a half dead dog. I took him into the ER Vet. And they immediatly started IV fluids. I think that was the only thing that saved his life. If my daughter had not come home...Gage would have not made it till I returned. This is a very odd and QUICK SETTING disease. I am so thankful Gage made it out ok.

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  19. Two weeks ago my husband and I adopted another Pomeranian. Her name is Murphy.
    A week after we received her from the rescue, she started to vomit. I was a bit alarmed but attributed the vomiting to the stress of being subjected to a long rescue transport from LA to WV, and trying to adapt to a new home with four other Poms.
    Around bedtime, Murphy seemed to be a little better and had stopped vomiting. I went on to bed but woke up three hours later to a horrific smell!
    On the floor in the middle of our dining room, there was a huge puddle of diarrhea and blood! Murphy was laying in the doorway, and when I checked her hind end, she was covered in blood!
    I quickly mopped up the mess on the floor with paper towels and put them in a plastic bag, knowing the Vet would need to see the evidence.
    I put Murphy in the deep sink and rinsed her hiney, then telephoned the Vet's emergency call service.
    The Vet told me to bring Murphy in to the clinic immediately and stated that from the symptoms I described, she felt sure Murphy had Hemmorhagic Gastroenteritis.
    The Vet immediately began fluid therapy and put Murphy on antibiotics. Murphy responded quickly, and after an overnight stay, she was discharged from the clinic with medication.
    Less than four days later, which was yesterday, I again awoke to a familiar smell!
    I jumped up, found Murphy and checked her rump thinking, thinking she had a relapse...but didn't see any blood or potty on her!
    In a panic, I hunted down the four other Poms we own, looking under beds and pulling them out one by one to check behinds.
    It turned out to be Piper, who is five years old and all of three pounds. She had blood all over her hind end and feet.
    Again I called the Vet in the wee hours of the morning and made an emergency trip to the clinic.
    Piper was also diagnosed with Hemmorhagic Gastroenteritis but had not shown any symptoms prior to the bloody diarrhea.
    No vomiting or listlessness. She had been energetically playing with one of her squeeky toys before going to bed, so it was a shock that she had come down with the same illness as Murphy! Especially since prior to Murphy's arrival, Piper had been extremely healthy with no serious medical issues!
    Our Vet admitted Piper and sent me home with a bottle of antibiotics to administer to the other three Poms in our household. They don't appear to be ill, but the Vet said to give them the medication to prevent onset of the illness.
    I spoke with the clinic yesterday afternoon to check Piper's progress. They said she was doing well, responding to treatment and barking non-stop at the other animals in the clinic!
    Hopefully she'll be able to come home today.
    I've been doing research on Hemmorhagic Gastroenteritis, which is how I found this webpage, and appreciate all of you who have shared your experiences! I would like to express my condolences to those of you who lost your pet to this terrible illness. I feel truly blessed that my Poms were diagnosed quickly and responded to treatment.
    The Vet assured me she doesn't believe this disease is contagious, so I'm trying to figure out exactly how Murphy and Piper contracted the disease.
    The only common factor I can think of is Murphy, who is extremely overweight and had to be put on diet dog food. My dogs were being fed Kibbles and Bits until Murphy's arrival, and I switched everyone to Purina Fit and Trim in order to help Murphy lose weight.
    Needless to say, I dumped the diet food out of their dish and replaced it with their usual food. The change of diet had to be the culprit.
    I'm not sure I'm 100% convinced this illness isn't contagious. It seems too ironic that two dogs in the same household could have such a violent reaction or hypersensitivity to changing food.

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  20. We lost our Ollie to HGE on Saturday. I am wracked with guilt because he was a bit off colour on Friday. He had vomitted during the day and had a case of diahorrea but it was all clear. As Ollie had these issues before and they only lasted 24 hours - he was always fine and chirpy the next day, I decided to wait until the morning to take him to the vet. When we woke up he was under the children's trampoline in the elements barely breathing - it was unusually cold and wet overnight. We still didn't see any blood and assumed that he had a severe case of gastro. Unfortunately, we were wrong. The vet lifted his tail and found blood. What if I took him on Friday instead of waiting? What if ... As odd as it sounds, thing I can't deal with, more than his actual death, is that was he in pain?

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  21. Anonymous,

    I am very sorry to hear about Ollie.

    But please don't beat yourself up. This is a horrible disease that comes on like wildfire. And unless you've researched it beforehand, there's simply no way of telling until it's already hit. In which case, it may be too late.

    If you want to honor Ollie spread the word about HGE to your family and friends.

    Taylor

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  22. This article is amazing. Your story really touched my heart. Last night, we took our dog straight to the Vet and he is undergoing treatment for HGE. Thank you for your information and spreading awareness for this illness. I'm deeply sorry for your loss, if only we could turn back time. Ansel was such a beautiful dog, and I hope you and the rest of her loved ones are doing well. Thank you for writing this article.

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  23. I'm so, so sorry for the loss of your sweet Ansel. My dog, Gracie, suddenly came down with HGE 24 hours ago. She goes to doggy play care and was fine when I dropped her off in the morning. She was her usually bouncy, playful self. By 3pm that day I got a call from the staff at play care that she'd been vomiting blood. An hour later I took her to the vet and by then the bloody diarrhea set in. She had all the symptoms you describe, I cannot believe how fast this thing happens. It looks like we caught it in time and Gracie will be ok. I have been sick with worry and I can't begin to imagine your pain. Thank you for sharing your story. God Bless.

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  24. Folks:
    My litle dachshund Sable is taking IV as I type this. Blood in his stool for the last couple of days and suddenly vomiting all over the place and just outright bleeding this morning. At first I was shocked because I just lost my first dachshund to sudden illness last Christmas, but your comments have the effect of making me feel very lucky to have gotten him in to the vet this morning. Condolences to all those who have lost a pet, I know the pain. Keep up the good work spreading the word about HGE.

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  25. My chiwee Brownie is in the hospital because of this awful condition. I thought she was dead yesterday evening when I called her she didn't come to me, I found her lying with her tongue hanging out in my closet. She played all day she never showed any signs of blood in stool or vomiting. she had a foul smell in mouth before this no signs at all. Thank God I rushed her to hospital. she is a very active little dog.. I pick her up tomorrow I still don't understand what this is and wish everyone will keep posting about this HGE

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  26. Does anyone know of actual veterinary studies that have been done on HGE? To me, it's infuriating that we hardly know anything about the cause of this devastating disease. Yesterday, we lost our 4-year-old German Shepherd in a matter of hours.

    If the blog owner or anyone has any resources on this subject (other than the general websites) please post.

    Thanks. My sympathies to everyone on this thread who has had to go through this experience.

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  27. I can barely see through my tears to post this comment. Your dog's story is ripping me apart, especially since my dog is in ICU with this disease at this very minute. He has been spraying blood for almost 36 hours now. I am sick with worry and was looking for answers when I found this site. I took my baby, a toy Poodle, into the vet at first sign, first loose stool, yesterday afternoon, and then back to their ICU for IV fluids last night; so far nothing is changing in the diarrhea department so I don't know how to feel, even with the recent news that his red cell volume (per mL) is normalizing at this hour. I have seen dogs crash without warning (the ashes of my sweet baby who died from AIHA eight years ago rest atop a shelf in my closet). Today I am hopeful but distrustful of positivity at this point; e.g. the VT's claim that my current baby is doing great and should recover fully. I watched my last baby crash over and over, over the course of 11 days until I finally was forced to make the worst decision a pet owner can make....and at the same hospital my current baby is in today, coincidentally. Two dogs, two hemorrhagic conditions, same hospital. Actually, make it 3 dogs since one of my other babies (I have 3 dogs now, in a way making sure I have backups to care for in case I lose another one like I did 8 years ago) just got over pancreatitis and was showing the same hemorrhagic signs for about a day. My luck with dogs and bleeding disorders ain’t great at this point. Anyway, my heart aches for you and your baby. To this day I can’t read Rainbow Bridge.........but I hope Ansel’s there.

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  28. My guess, as a scientist but certainly not a vet expert, would be a bacterial shigella like organism similar to a disease in humans. Few intestinal organisms cause hemmorage, but shigella does and can be serious. Most viral or vibros organisms do not cause the intestine to loose red cells. Vibros looses fluid but is not hemolytic. Look to some shigella or nasty e coli

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    1. Clostridium is what our vet pointed to. Shigella and E-coli as with most bacterial infections are accompanied by a fever...most if not all HGE sufferers do not display fever.

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  29. I wish they could find more out about this horrible disease. my little booboo is in the hospital right now for second night in a row diagnosed with this. i am leaving her at the vets for a week , due to the amount of recovery involved. I will never "wait it out" next time she vomits or has diareahh. Its very serious she nearly died. This is such a horrible dissorder....

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  30. My 4 year old Yorkie, Jojo is currently in the hospital right now on an IV for what I suspect to be the very same thing. Although the vet doesnt seem to be entirely sure, and doesnt seem to want to give that diagnosis just yet because this is not the first case of this for my dog. This is actually the THIRD instance of bloody diarrhea and slight vomiting of clear frothy liquid that Jojo has had in the past month and a half! Both of the other times before, Xrays and blood work were done which all came back normal and he was sent home on Metronidazol, a probitic paste/pill combo,and a veterinary prescribed diet for sensitive stomachs. He was fine for a couple weeks after each time, but now its back again. This time with the characteristic lethargy and lack of appetite and dehydration that he never exhibited before! My poor dog was so weak yesterday with a low pulse and had a really bloody episode at the emergency vet that scared the vet enough to make him want to put Jojo on an IV immediately and keep him over night. Today we called and were told that he is doing fine and responding to the treatment much better than the vet thought that he would. We are going to leave him there on the IV all day today to make sure that he gets the most help that he can before we bring him home. I hope and I PRAY that he makes a full recovery this time and that with this round of medication and treatment, that we will never have to deal with this again! We are all so tired. This has been a trying month for me, my mother and for Jojo.

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  31. I am sorry for all the losses. I have a german shepherd today he turns 6. His name is cosmo.I believe he has HGE. All the symptoms are the same. Me and my husband were laid off so we have no income. I can't take him to a vet. My 5 yr old daughter is taking it really hard. He has not eaten a full meal in 3 days, and what he does eat he throws up undigested food. He has had 4 accidents in the house. I am so depressed. I have taken so many pictures of cosmo and my daughter so she can always look at them. I don't no what to do!!!! I will give updates.

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  32. Anonymous,

    That is so sad!

    I wish you the best.

    Please keep up updated.

    Taylor

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  33. All of these posts are so moving. I'm Ansel's people "gr'ma", and I still miss our girl something fierce. Taylor's research into HGE has certainly brought this horrible disease into focus but why aren't the vets warning dog owners about it? Sue

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  34. Hi. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Ansel. I'm going through the motions of it right now. My baby boy, my love, my heart Heckler, my beautiful German lines German Shepherd was diagnosed with HGE on Monday, August 29th. He has been in the hospital since then. He started vomiting on Sunday night. At first, it was normal, vomit, so I thought nothing of it. I stayed up with him for the night and since his vet didn't open until ten on Monday morning, I decided to go to work (which I regret). I came home around nine or so and there was blood everywhere, so I rushed him in (I mean, doing 95 on the freeway). They took xrays and there where no foreign bodies, but they still didn't know until they checked for parvo. As we where waiting, he collapsed with blood literally pouring from his rectum. Already beside myself, I lost it. I though he was going to die. They admitted him into the hospital and he's been there ever since. They have him on an aggressive IV treatment with penicillin and other antibiotics and anti vomiting meds. I visit him everyday with today going on my lunch break and me headed there after work. I'm at a loss because I was afraid that I was going to lose my best friend. We're on day three and it's a struggle. He's still not eating but he's looking better, not good, but better. They say he's out of hot water and into cool. I feel like I failed him because I shouldn't have left him alone when I went to work for a few hours. I research everything with my babies (I have a cocker spaniel and a Norwegian Forest Cat and a Manx at home as well) and I feel stupid that I didn't even know about HGE. I'm on a mission to teach my fellow parents about this horrendous disease. I just think that if I would have acted sooner, or have done one thing different, that I would have him home. I need my Heckler and I cannot imagine my life without him, especially at only three years old. I'm on my way to visit him right now. I can just only hope that we can spread the word and teach other parents the warning signs before it hits like it did with Heckler and Ansel and all the other babies it affects. :( Knowledge is power.

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  35. My sweet Maggie is at the vet's right now fighting this awful disease. She started throwing up last evening, but I didn't think too much of it because it was clear. She is a lab and I thought she had snacked on something she shouldn't have. It wouldn't be the first time! She seemed O.K. otherwise, a little quieter than normal and trembling a bit. She still wanted to play and was happy though so I confined her for the night and went to bed at 2:00 am. Fours hours later my son got up for school and found a lake of blood on the floor. I rushed her straight to the vet and she is currently there on IV and antibiotics. The vet said the next 24- 48 hours will tell the tale so all we can do is wait it out. My heart goes out to you losing your lovely boy I don't know what I will do if Maggie isn't alright.

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  36. I just returned with our 6.5 lb. little sweetie, who, night before last vomited all night. After a trip to the vet in the morning, I was sent home with antibiotics and my baby in tow, who had been given anti-nausea medication and sub-cutaneous fluids after x-rays failed to show any foreign bodies in her stomach or intestines. Later - long after Veterinarian hours, the bloody diarrhea started to appear, and happened 10 times during the night. I was on the Vet's doorstep before they even opened. They gave her more sub-cutaneous fluids, antibiotics and anti-nausea drugs, and ruled out parvo. Once again, they sent her home with me after observing her for the day, and she is on the antibiotics, and limited water and bland food to make sure she can keep it down. I am praying that she continues to improve. There is a remarkable difference in her demeanor tonight compared to last night, and there has been no more vomiting or bloody bowel movements. I once lost a large breed dog to something that I had never heard of commonly referred to as "twisted stomach." It took her life in less than 12 hours. Even with surgery to turn her stomach back to the proper orientation, she died from the damage that had been done in such a short period of time. I am always the alarmist when something is off with one of our pets. They can't tell us when they aren't feeling well, and sometimes, by the time they show us, it is too late. I pray that soon thoughts of your beloved Ansel will be those that warm your heart and bring a smile to your face. You were lucky to have had one another.

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  37. My 7 yr old pomeranian was fine friday morning but was listless and had vomited profusely friday night. My husband took him to the vet he next day where he had blood work done and was sent immediatly to the emergency hospital where he has been ever since. He has had 4 plasma transfusions and was put on vitamin k as a precaution against possible rat poisoning. He still looks terrible and now has liver problems, could it be HGE ? I am so scared that he won't make it .

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  38. Hi,

    I'm very sorry to hear about your pomeranian. Was there bloody stool?

    Normally HGE is accompanied by bloody diarrhea as well as vomiting.

    In any event, I hope he recovers.

    Taylor

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  39. Thank you for sharing your heartbreak with others. My girl frenchie, Meika, is currently in a critical care clinic with HGE. Reading your story helped me to make sense of her very sudden illness. She was fine Saturday night, but not really interested in her supper. Sunday morning, she began to vomit blood, and had bloody stool. I rushed her to the vet immediately, but we almost lost her on the way to the clinic. She was limp and lifeless. She is not well enough to come home yet, but I can only hope that we caught it early enough. She's a tough cookie.

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  40. Hi , i was just looking on the websites about HGE, when i found you blog. I know how you felt, my dog just died of HGE , it wasn't even 24 hours after the vomiting and bloody liquid stool. It started around midnight, i put newspapers down on the floor all around the bed, it looked like a blood bath. I work for a Vet so i took Gizmo to work and they gave him sub q fluids, a shot of antibiotics and a shot to stop the vomiting. work closes at 12 noon Wednesdays, I took Gizmo home and he died 2 hours later. I was devastated. I have two other dog that have gotten mild cases of it, they got fluids with antibiotics and were fine the next day, then in a week or so another one would get it. I could swear it is contagias, but the vets say not,but they don't know so, why when one got sick did another soon after get it also. Now i just had my Gizmo die from it and i am so scared my other dogs will get it again and die from it. this is a quick acting illness. I just can't believe my Gizmo is gone. I have been grieving for 2 days now, i know it will get better and yes the vets need to educate the public about this awful HGE. Sincerely Robynn

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  41. Robyn,

    I'm so very sorry for your loss!

    I truly hope your other dogs will be fine, but at least you now know how quickly you must act with this terrible disease!

    Taylor

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  42. I'm so sorry for your loss. I just lost my 6 year old Maltese, Nemo, from HGE 2 days ago. I miss him so much and it hurts so much. He was perfectly healthy and such a loving and energetic dog. He was really one of a kind.

    We had a baby 10 months ago, and about 6 months ago, we sent him and our chihuahua to live with my in-laws and their minpin. We have a small 1 bedroom condo so 2 adults, baby and 2 dogs is a tight fit. I thought he would be ok there and planned on bringing him back as soon as we moved into a bigger place. We imagined our son growing up with Nemo, chasing him around and torturing him (but secretly we knew Nemo would enjoy it). We just saw him on thanksgiving day when we visited, 3 days before he got sick, and we usually visit on sundays, but we didn't go this week bc we were just there. That sunday afternoon, Nemo started the vomiting followed by bloody diarrhea. This was at 3pm and they called the vet right away, but by around 9:30pm, he was gone. When he started vomiting, we all thought he had just eaten something bad and would be ok in a day or so. I didn't know it was that serious and had planned to visit on Monday, but he was gone by Sunday night. I never got to say goodbye.

    Thank you for your blog. This all happened so quickly and suddenly that it's been very hard for all of us to make sense of it all. I was certain that this happened because Nemo was lonely and heartbroken, because we had sent him away. I couldn't think of any other reason for a perfectly healthy, young dog to die so suddenly. It's terrible that we have all had to suffer from this terrible disease but it gives me some comfort knowing that there is some sort of explanation for what happened to my Nemo. I hope Nemo wasn't in too much pain and I hope that he is in a better place now. Nemo will always be my guardian angel. He came into my life when I needed him the most and left as soon as he was certain that his job was done.

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  43. Thank you for creating this blog. HGE is a little known disease that can kill a healthy animal within hours.

    We just lost our precious 8 year old and very agile and healthy greyhound on 12/23/11 to this horrible disease, and are trying to make sense of what happened. What is truly troubling, is that we took Valentine in to our holistic vet first thing in the morning before she had any vomiting or diarrhea, because she was a bit lethargic and losing her appetite. Her blood work was normal and he found no significant findings so we were not worried, but watched her closely as we do when she is not feeling well. Around 7:00 p.m. that night, she had explosive diarrhea on her bed, as if it happened so fast she couldn't control it. We took her to the best ER Hospital immediately, and after sub-q fluids and anti-diarrheal meds and 3 hours of observation, she was released to go home with us. At 3:00 a.m. she woke me to go outside, and began vomiting (no blood) and more diarrhea. We rushed her back to ER and they began aggressive IV fluids, anti-diarrheal, anti-vomiting meds. We slept overnight in ER with her, and she seemed stabilized by the next afternoon. Then they added antibiotics and she began bloody diarrhea and more vomiting. I know that her healthy gut flora, pro and prebiotics were already compromised, and was concerned that a massive dose of antibiotics could really hurt rather than help at this point. A downward spiral began and at 8:45 p.m. we ended her suffering with euthanasia on the recommendation of two of our holistic vets via phone consults, and the ER doctors.

    So incredibly heartbreaking with so many questions about this disease unanswered. We have vowed to learn more, spread the warning signs, and advocate and educate to help other loving pet parents never have to go through this. To all of you who have posted and shared your stories of survival and death, thank you.

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  44. Buddy is also suffering from HGE as of now.. we take him to a vet giving him a medical treatment.. too bad we have to take him home for we have no enough money to confine him at vet clinic.. we have to give our fees for the electric bill in the expense of his medical treatment. I just hope and pray he can make it, I constantly monitoring him now and send sms to the vet doctor of his condition

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  45. HGE killed my best friend Axl a couple of days ago. About 4 months ago he had the same symptoms....vomit which looked like yellow bile. At the time I thought maybe he had ingested a pencil. Then came the bloody diarrhea. I scooped him up and made the grueling trip to Houston with him pooping blood the entire way. He was treated aggressively but we never received the diagnosis of HGE. A few days ago, the symptoms came back and of course after hours. We called a local vet and they advised pepto bismol and pedialyte. We would bring him in to the vet first thing in the morning. Axl went into a coma laying under my covers beside me. We found a vet that would See him ASAP. It was 3 in the morning. We had to leave him there. He died before we made it back home. I lost my very best friend.....I feel so guilty for not taking him immediately. I miss him so much! I am literally sick with grief....

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  46. 4 months ago my 2 yr old chiweenie was fine the one night when i went to bed. i woke up 6 hours later to find that he was throwing up blood and having bloody diarrhea. it was 2am i called the emergency number for his vet. the vet said to bring him in when the office opened up at 8am. so for 6 hours i watched him decline with each time he would vommit or have diarrhea. he was to the point that he couldnt even stand up withot falling over. when he got to the vets office he was in shock because of the blood loss. his blood was thickening and his prognosis was not looking good. the vet sat down with me to give me my options. i decided to leave him there for IV fluids and antibiotics. he spent 4 days there and the vet was suprised that he pulled through.

    Just this morning i woke to wicket acting strange. he once again started throwing up but this time it was clear. not long after he started throwing up the diarrhea started but it was not bloody. so i called the vet and took him in. once we got to the vet he started having bloody diarrhea. the vet again confirmed that he again has HGE. this time i noticed the warning signs and got him there before things got to bad. he is once again on IV fuids due to the thickening of his blood and the vet said he will be there again for at least 3-4 days.

    if your pet starts throwing up blood or even having bloody diarrhea please take them to the vet it could save their lives.

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  47. My parents Springer Spaniel was being looked after by pet sitters while they were on holiday. On saturday got the call that Rosie had passed away. Devastated. Apparently she vomited her breakfast in the morning. They thought nothing of it. Bloody Diarrhea followed. They took her for a walk, she was fine. No panting, no signs of distress. On way back she lay down, totally fatigued & went floppy. They immediately took her to the vet. She was slightly anaemic with pale gums. IV drip & antibiotics. She seemed to be recovering but then her condition deteriorated rapidly & she died. Awful, awful situation with my parents 5,000 miles away & the poor pet sitters who had to deal with a such a distressing situation. HGE is suspected. Will miss you Rosie xx

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  48. My toy poodle Hershey just died of this. I am saddened and upset because i wish that we had known, we thought he just ate some bad food or caught the flu. was gonna call the vet the next day if he wasnt better. woke up the next morning, there was blood in my moms bed,blood on my brothers bed, and there he was feet stickin out under my moms bed in a pool of blood, dead. I am devastated and i blame myself because if i had known i could have got him to the vet sooner. I am so lost and saddened, i feel like there is a rock weighing down my heart.

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  49. Caitlin,

    I'm very sorry to hear about Hershey.

    Don't blame yourself though! This is a disease that is not talked about and hardly ever shared amongst pet owners.

    Hopefully you will spread the information and help save the lives of other pets.

    Taylor

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  50. I'm the anonymous poster that wrote about my shepherd Heckler above on August 31st. I haven't checked this blog in a while because in my frantic state back then, I did not bookmark this site. I just want to say that my heart is so broken for the pet parents that have lost their sweet babies. I'm so sorry to you all. I can only imagine the pain that you feel. :(

    Taylor,

    I just want to thank you so much for creating this blog. When Heckler got sick,I had never heard of HGE. Because of you and the research I've conducted, I am able to share with pet parents about this horrible disease, to bring awareness to this issue in hopes that I can save one more life. Heckler is thriving. I feel so very lucky that we were able to make it through. He ended up being in the hospital for a week. On the third night, they told me that he wasn't going to make it. I stayed with him for hours. I wanted to be with him if he was going to pass. I didn't want him to leave me. And I'm so appreciative that he didn't. Thank you for educating me and the rest of us.

    To all of those that have lost your babies, again, I'm so sorry.

    To all of those that have babies that are currently fighting, stay positive and when you visit your babies, stay positive. I believe that even though they are sick, I think they can sense when we are upset and that upsets them even more. They are fighting a terrible battle and I honestly believe that it makes a difference to them if we are strong for them.

    I will continue to bring awareness and knowledge about this common disease that is uncommonly spoke of.

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  51. I had a 15 month old lhasa also she died from this 2 years ago and I miss her so much.I am on a guilt trip about her as at the time I had a 7 week old chihuahua who had what Piggy had but I took him to the vet first as I thought she's older and was more stronger than the pup.Barry survived he's 2years old now but Piggy died in my partners arms within hours as we were waiting our turn to see the vet.So I can understand Ansels owner having this guilt as I have it allthe time if only I took piggy first instead of Barry but I reply thought she's just got a tummy bug and will be okay in a few days giving that she was a young healthy dog.I deeply miss her and so does our other lhasa who was brought up with her and the rest of our family miss her especially her little mannerisms.

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  52. I have a one and a half year old terrier mix that I almost lost from HGE. He was hospitalized for 6 days before he could go home. I have now found out 6 month later that he has alot of food allergies - I can't help but feel that this HGE would have never happened if we had known he had these food allergies - Please, if your dog has had HGE, I would advise you have him/her tested for food allergies - It is a blood test. Now that I have my dog on proper food that he is not allergic to, his stool is normal, with no loose stool or throwing up. It has really changed him! Hope this helps. Sarah

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  53. I am so sorry for your loss, words don't do justice. I am currently waiting to call the vet and see how my 3 1/2 year old yellow lab Cyliss is doing. I took him in about 4 hours ago. He woke me up this morning vomiting and I didn't think too much of it, because it is not uncommon for him to throw up sometimes. He proceeded to throw up several times during the day and wouldn't eat or drink water. I called and talked to a few trusted people about what I should do and spent hours online looking up stuff. I decided to wait 24 hrs to see if he was going to snap out of it. I had class and my Boyfriend was home so I felt ok about leaving. When I got home my good boy still wasn't feeling well, he wanted to be outside even tho it was raining and he had big strings of drool hanging from his mouth. I decided to stay outside and just watch him for a while. I was shocked when I saw dark diarrhea shot out of his backside. I investigated and it was red, bloody, watery. without any poo. I paniced, knew I had to take him in.. 12:30 am He is still there right now.. Vet wasn't sure what is wrong with him!? I can't sleep and I found your post.. Broke my heart!! I pray I didn't wait to long..

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  54. I'm sorry this happened to your dog. Thank you for sharing your story. My dog is six years old, she is a small dog and had had this two times and before that it was the same but they said it was pancreatitis. I am looking into what to do with her now to help her. But is really frustrating, im always paranoid that she is getting sick. It happens so fast! As soon as she has diarrhea and she is not happy I take her in. Luckily this time she was only in the hospital one day and is doing really well. I took her in asap. Sorry to read about your loss. Thanks again for sharing.

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  55. Our dog Kona, an english chocolate lab got this. It started by her gushing bloody diarrhea, squirting, everywhere all over me in the car, racing to the emergency vet, and I.V. and sending her home. The next 10 days a blur, as we were in and out of the vet sometimes twice a day, sometimes leaving her, and sometimes bringing her home. 4 blood transfusions, plasma transfusions, 6 medications, and we lost her. I held her paw as she passed 8 days ago, and my world has been altered ever since. Kona had an amazing life, came to work with me every day, was never without either her dad or me, co-pilot in our plane on every trip, co-pilot in my Porche, and white Exterior/Interior Mercedes (perfect for a chocolate, the salesman said, "so put a sheet on it", summers at Stinson Beach, winters at Tahoe, swam in her private pond, sat in our waterfall, and ran with me every morning, and walked with her pappa every night. She had an acre to roam, and Mt. Diablo in her backyard. She loved her life, and especially her gourmet treats off pappas plate. Yes, she was allowed on the bed, and we would curl up in balls, just so she was comfy, sleeping with her baby, a little grey bear, that she sucked on the nose. She will be missed forever, and we arent't so sure we will make it without her, isn't life crazy sometimes!!

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  56. When I read Ansel's story my blood ran cold. I was waiting to hear back from the vet after rushing my dog Ralph to the emergency room the night before. While I knew something was seriously wrong, the vet was so reassuring of him responding well to treatment that I gave little thought to how close we really came to losing him. Had he not vomited blood when he did, we would have delayed getting him help until the morning to avoid the expense of the ER. I am now educating myself about HGE, and spreading the word to all my friends and family. Thank you for making this blog. Your beautiful Ansel's death was not in vain.

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    1. Thank you for posting your site, it is very informative and educational in helping understand this horrible illness. I rushed Yogi, my 5 year old Pomeranian to our vet when I came home from work to find him jumping up and down in his pen being happy to see me yet when I saw the coagulated blood and diarrhea on the floor of his pen, I began to panic and knew he had to be taken to the vet immediately. I've lost sleep for the past three days & nights wanting to see him and be with him, however, asking my vet how his condition is throughout each day,"he is alert, his eyes look good, and he was standing up, his blood tests are normal, the barium test showed no blockage in his intestines." "Was told he vomited and the diarrhea returned last night while he is on I.V.." Now I feel it's time to prepare myself for never possibly seeing him run across the yard and do his little howl when he liked to go places in the car! I have missed him and I've worried about him every minute of each day and night! I'm not sure if he will pull through this illness or not? I keep praying each day for him to recover and come home, alive and well!

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  57. Hello All .... I have a pikenese thats 4 yesterday mornin he woke up to a foamy throwing up which was,consistent the vet said just a virus wd be ok ..my hubby takes Kobi home and leaves for work .I came n like 3 hours later when I opened the door the most horrific smell n the world I walked back to my bedroom because Kobi usually meets me first thing, Kobi was layin n blood and was already geting cold .I grabed him up toon to vet .they told me without 24 hour hosp.and iv Kobi is dien . The nearest one is about hour way ... We got Kobi there and they put him n icu he is improvin but will stay tonight hopefully we got him there n time .This is the Fastest growin disease HGE.. my thoughts are with the ones that lost their pets ... Dont even waste a min get the little loved ones there asap .....

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  58. hello, my shih tzu poppy died last week(26th sept 2012)of hge it took just 18 hours too take her life and she was only 3yrs old.the vet did everything he could to save her but it was to late, the bleeding was so bad she bled to death,i think there should be leaflets about this in every vets surgery.

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  59. My Akita lived thanks to your posts! I would have never known how serious this H.G.E. was had I not read the info you've all shared. My 4 yr old Akita was lethargic and vomited blood. I took him to the vet at 4:40 PM, and she gave him anti nausia meds and oral antibiotic and sent us home. By 11:30 that night, he was drooling heavy and laying on the lawn.(Drooling was the first sign I saw the night before)He was not looking good, in fact he was getting worse! I rushed him to the E.R. where they gave him and I.V and I.V antibiotics. I prayed he wouldn't die that night. I picked him up at 7:00 am and took him back to the vet for another full day of I.V and antibiotics. He has been home now, eating rice, and boiled chicken. Oral antibiotics for 5 more days. What was happening was he was dehydrating internally, so it was extremely important to get him on the I.v.

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  60. Roxy's Mommy- LauraNovember 8, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    I am so sorry to all of you who have lost your dogs. This morning, I too, lost my dog to HGE. My little pomeranian, Roxy, was 5. She was healthy and fine. Monday night she had a semi-soft stool w/ a little bit of red blood on top and a drop in her fur. Not a lot. It was common for her to have periodic poop/belly issues briefly. Tuesday and Wednesday she was fine. We went to bed and she seemed fine. No clue she was sick.
    We woke up 4am Thursday to the sound of her passing a very large loose black, bloody stool. She didn't even try to move when it happened. Put her on the floor and she couldn't stand. We rushed her to the ER vet. We live in the country and it is 50 minutes away. We have never gotten there so fast. We were there before 5 am.
    They thought HGE and didn't seem too terribly concerned. Started an IV and meds. But then her labs showed her blood levels were terribly low. Hematocrit of 10 and Platelets 13 (both extremely low). The vet non-chalantly said "She could die at any minute." She was deteriorating and in an oxygen cage. We opted for a blood transfusion, but by the time they could get it started she was even worse. She barely received any of the blood and her breathing was extremely labored. She had no color left to her tongue or gums. We had to end her suffering. We chose to euthanize. I know if we hadn't, she would have been gone in minutes any ways, but couldn't let her suffer any more! My poor baby was gone by 7am. 3 hours and she was gone! They said this isn't contagious, but now I will be worried about our 9yr old newfie/chow mix!
    My husband and I are devastated, but especially me. I literally spent all day every day w/ her. I work from home and she sits by my desk all day, sits w/ me on the couch to watch TV, and sleeps w/ me in bed. This is so painful.
    Good luck to those whose dogs are currently fighting this awful disease!

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  61. My 4 year old yorkie had an episode of HGE on Christmas Eve. She had been sick since December 6th, and was diagnosed with pancreatitis. We had done a CBC, full body x-ray and abdominal ultrasound. She was on chicken and rice and was showing little signs of improvement. While 3 hours into a 13 hour car trip she started to gag. She vomited the more blood than I could imagine coming from such a little dog. The blood was bright red, and there was so much of it. Our vet advised us to get her to the University of Florida emergency hospital at their vet school. We were there in 30 minutes. I believe that decision saved her life. She was severly dehydrated. They put her on 3 continuous IV's for 2 days. Until reading these blogs I didn't graslp the true severity of her illness. And, now I am left wondering if she doesn't have pancreatitis at all. Since she was so severely dehydrated could it be that she was actually suffering from mild symptoms of HGE all month and the blood was her body actually going into shock. I am so grateful to the UF vet school doctors. They are truly amazing and without their knowledge I am sure my little angel wouldn't have made it.

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  62. I have just picked my Jack Russell Jaz up from the emergency vet <He's had HGE , THe speed it developes is scary , we found a pool of blood on the floor and then another pool , Phoned the emergency vets and he was already in shock , he vomited in the vets and you wonder how all that blood can fit in that little dog , They said he was lucky to survive , be vigilant people

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  63. I I am so sorry to hear about everyones loss. It is devastating to lose one of our beloved pets. I just lost my Biewer female to what I believe is this horrible disease. Sarah was six years old. This morning I awoke to a small amount of vomit. I have several dogs and none were acting different. I then put them all in their pen while I went to work. Sarah appeared fine at this time and ran in her pen looking for her toys. This evening when we went to let the dogs back in we discovered Sarah in her pen with a couple of spots of vomit and a huge pool of bright red bood around Sarah and on her back side. Sarah did not have a pulse and had obviousy just passed a shory time before. I am just sick. She was my little angel. I nevet had heard of this disease before, but I agree it is horrible.

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  64. Kady,my 9 year old rat terrier,became ill with HGE just 4 days ago.The initial vomiting & diarrhea didn't worry me too much because I thought she'd probably just eaten something that upset her stomache.I did notice that she was making unusually frequent trips to her water bowl and seemed unable to relax or get comfortable. A few hours later she was throwing up a whitish froth and I saw streaks of blood on her inner hind legs. Suddenly, she squatted and a huge gush of blood spurted from her rectum. It was about 3:00am on Sunday night and by the time I reached the nearest emergency clinic,her skin was cold, her gums were nearly white and she was completely unresponsive.I held her limp body and looked at her blank,staring eyes and thought " She's dying. My baby's dying!" More precious minutes past while the vet waited for me to fill out the admission form and pre-pay for the examination and I.V.
    Kady is still hospitalized,in guarded condition, and I've been told that even if she survives,she may have permanent damage to her vital organs due to the massive loss of blood & dehydration that put her in a state of shock. So far,the tests and treatment administered has cost over $1,500. I have a very limited income and had to use the money that was supposed to be spent on food and this month's utilty bills plus $300 I had in a savings account. The vet currently treating Kady said she doesn't know what's causing Kady's continuing fluid retention and diarrhea. She wants to do some more tests that will cost $275 that I just don't have. This is a nightmare.I haven't been able to stop crying.I keep thinking that even if Kady recovers with no lasting damage, it could happen again. I don't know what caused it or how to prevent it. I can't believe that I had never even heard of this horrendous,deadly HGE until now.

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  65. Thank you for this blog. Sadly I lost my french bulldog boy to this yesterday. He was 20mths old only and we are devastated.

    His rapid decline echoes so many stories above. I left for work after our morning walk and he was completely fine. My friend dog walked him for me at 5pm as I had a work function to attend and she messaged me to say he was a little lethargic. When I got home, I found him curled in a corner, unable to stand, very weak and surrounded in vomit. We showered him and took him straight to the emergency vets. They diagnosed HGE and put him on an IV drip and antibiotics. The vet was optimistic and we left him there overnight.

    In the morning the vet called with an update that there was little improvement, but that medicine dosage was changing. I arranged to visit him at lunchtime. 20 minutes after the phone call he died. Less than 12hrs after falling sick.

    It has left myself and my boyfriend heartbroken. What if I'd have come home from work earlier? What if there was something we could have done differently? On hindsight, he had had a sickness bout 1 week before. He'd been to the beach and when he returned he was sick 2-3 times. I thought he had just drank sea water so I monitored him and decided that if he was sick in the morning I'd take him to the vets. But he was completely fine in the morning so I thought nothing of it. Now I'm wracked with guilt that maybe if I had followed up last week then he would still be with us now. Our home is so empty without him and life seems so unfair that this happens to such a young, fit and much loved dog.

    I wish lots of love to those dogs and owners currently fighting this ugly, cruel sickness. I hope your dogs recover well and quickly.

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  66. i am soo sorry for your loss she was absolutely beautiful :( tonight i am in total panic as i just left the e.r my lil guy came down with HGE nearly 8 hrs ago started with diarrhea and progressed to blood pouring ive never heard of this in my life my poor guy is only 1 yr old and 6 lbs.... i called every vet in the state of mass tonight because my funds were non existent till my next pay check and no one could help me ..by the grace of god the last e.r i called suggested to try an apply online for care credit an instant approval...I rushed him there as fast as i could there keeping him for 2 days with iv and meds i pray tonight he pulls through ...this dog is like my second child and i would be devastated if something were to happen im soo sory of your outcome but try not to blame yourself i would of chalked it up to just a lil bug too but he was pouring blood tonight needless to say i aint sleeping!! i think your story will bring awareness to this mystery disease and your girl will be smilin down on you from heaven because you potentially helped many by her story <3 rest easy ANSEL

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  67. Our French Bulldog has had HGE two times in her seven years of life. Both times during the month of October. I have heard that HGE is more prevelant in the fall. Her very early, initial symptom was vomiting. Immediately after vomiting she became very wobbly and seemed as though she might collapse. She just stood in the same spot with her head down. The first time we waited an hour before taking her in. It seemed as though she was ok, but by the time the vet was bringing her out to come home, she had bloody diarrhea. At that point, it was uncertain if she would make it through the night. She received the proper treatment and she made it ok with three days of intensive care and another week of recovery at home.
    The second time, four years later, she had the EXACT same reaction after vomiting. We took her in to the vet immediately. Again, she didn't really present any other symptoms, until they tested her red blood cell count. If there is any uncertainty, ask the vet to check the red blood cell count. If it's high they should start immediate IV fluids and antibiotics until the red blood cell count is down in the normal range. This treatment was with a very early diagnosis. She is home and doing fine 24 hours later. A later diagnosis would require more treatment- even a blood transfusion. So, the red blood cell count is the definitive test. I'm sorry for all of you who lost your beloved pets. This is a very scary virus complicated with an unknown cause.

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    1. Sorry for your loses, my husband and I just lost our chihuahua Lexi of 15 years.

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  68. I think my 9 month old mini Yorke has this right now, my heart just hurts for her as we are expecting and just spent a very large sum of money on baby items...she has been vomiting and had loose, jellylike stool that appeared to have massive ropey worms in it( they didn't move or anything) and I believe she might have vomited some very smelly blood..she weighs next to nothing as is and I'm afraid we are losing her...

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    1. Hello,

      I would advise you strongly to take her to the vet ASAP. Please DO NOT wait. HGE is not something you want to mess around with.

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  69. hello,
    I was reading this and well trying to find out some information on the cause of my dog's death and if all cocker spaniels die the same. my last dog died the same. day before my dog died she bleed rectally and then the next day when we woke up and tried to let her out I tried to wake her up she was dead. we did not see bleeding the day before but the next day is when we notice there was blood. just the same with our other dog that died 17 years ago.

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  70. I los my dog Harley a 11 year old Yorkie/dachshund mix to what looks like these symptoms. I thought she had eaten something bad and thought resting would be fine foe her. If I would have read this I would have taken her to the vet immediately. Feel so bad she relied on me to taken care of her and I let her down. Please take your dog to vet if these symptoms were to ever occur.

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  71. Hi, I lost my Chihuahua last night named Sweety....she was just 4 yrs old. It looked like she had what all of the websites describing Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis had...My aunt shelly had the car since had to use it to go to work...and I feel like it's my fault for not calling her right away to tell her Sweety had to go to the vet right away. Sweety looked like she was in a lot of pain, and tried to hide when she had the chance. We tried to keep her hydrated. I went to bed early yesterday afternoon around 6:30 P.M. only to wake up today with her dead. I didn't know she was dead until I put my hand on her and she was hard as a rock and cold. I yelled her name at least 6 times. She never responded or moved at all. I've had her since I was in 4th grade, I'm now in 8th grade. She's all I've ever had. Please, when you see anything from your dog that looks like HGE, take your dog to the vet RIGHT AWAY.

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  72. So sorry for the loss of your beautiful fur baby Ansel. She may have left this earth but now she is happy and playing with all the other fur babies up on Rainbow Bridge. I realize it's been over 6 years since she left you but I know you will always miss her.

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  74. I think I just lost my ten year old cocker of this. This sad thing is that he was in the vets all day having tests but although he was bleeding anally and had very pale gums they did tests but didn‘t put hI'm on fluids, which I believe could have saved him. They sent Billy home with meds but he deteriorated quickly becoming too weak to stand. We took him to emergency vets where he was put on a drip but I think at that stage he had gone into shock too much. They rang an hour and half later strongly suggesting we put him to sleep as he was bleeding from all orifices and banging his head repeatedly. I am devastated he was such a healthy dog full of character whom has been by my side constantly since he was 11weeks old. What is worse is that I believe he could have been saved if given fluids earlier in the day. HGE was not even mentioned but it didn‘t take much to look up his symptoms and for HGE to pop up. My heart goes out to all who have had to deal with this tragic event. Billy will never be replaced. x

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  75. My dog pepper has the same thing I don't have any money for the treatment but they have said that pedialyte can help and they gave me special food for her I'm really worried about her and don't no what I'd do without her

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  76. Hi my Trooper has been at the Vet for 3 days now for HGE. The night it started(out of the blue) it was very scary as blood was everywhere!!! Trooper was in shock and by the time we got him to the vet his blood was already 70% coagulated. He was dieing :( good news is he seems to be getting better slowly and with 24 hr care. If I have any advise Do Not wAit for treatment!!!!!!! Sorry for all the lose of loved ones on here.

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  77. My 4yr old jack Russell has this. It is a vial disease. Unfortunately my boy is one of the unlucky ones that has a reoccurrence of this. So far in less than 12months he has had 4 bouts of this it comes out of nowhere. I have started keeping records of his behaviour 1st thing he does is shake for about 5 mins before the vomiting starts. It then is usually less than an hour before the bloody stools. I panic every time he is sick that this will be another bout of hge. My vets area amazing and see him immediately because they know I sadly amn getting used to spotting the signs. My poor boy has been left with food sensitivity so extreme he can only eat a special diet food and nothing else he is sick at least twice a week but fortunately it doesn't always turn into hge. Another thing I have noticed is his stomach makes noises all the time and he has been left quite depressed. Thank god for pet insurance. I know I am fortunate my boy is still here but my heart goes out to him because of his suffering. I live in fear of loosing him and I feel for everyone that has lost their pup to this illness.

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    1. Does he eat a purina dog food product

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  78. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm happy for all of the survivors. I'm so angry that there is no information about this and that people have not even heard of it. I arrived home at 9 pm last night to a scene from the bloodiest nightmare imaginable! Clear but frothy vomit (lots) and puddles of blood all over the house. No ER in my area. The blood continued through the night. I took her to Vet first thing this morning. He did IV hydration and blood work. He said she needed an ultrasound but I would have to take her to a clinic in a larger city and pay $450 up front. Then they would determine if she had twisted stomach or intestine, obstruction, tumor or.....? Something that would require surgery. I absolutely cannot afford it. When I picked her up after work I told him this and he said he could try some meds. I brought her home with the IV for the night. I'm taking her back in the morning for more hydration and meds, for the day. He never mentioned this illness. He said it might be Colitis. She is sleeping deeply and has only had one blood 'poop' but I am so worried. Please say a prayer for my Lola. Thanks for listening.

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  79. Tails our adorable Sheltie died of HGE tonight.(Tuesday).She started with diarrhea and a little vomiting on Monday which we thought was nothing more than a tummy upset. During the night she passed a puddle of blood and in panic we took her to the nearest Pet hospital 30mins away. I gave a rundown on her health and the Vet assured me it was nothing more than a gastric bug and after giving her antibiotic and anti sickness jabs she dispatched us on our way. Once home I started reading up on the internet and realised my dog was very sick. She passed more blood, so scooped her up and back to the pet hospital. The time scale between the initial consultation and the return visit was just over 2 hours including 60mins travel time. On the second visit she was put on a drip, she was severely dehydrated and in shock, her body was on the brink of shutting down. She died 12 hours later at the hospital - they said her pancreas was inflamed too. I just feel she should have been admitted straight away - I know it won't bring her back - and it might have been to late anyway, but at least she would have been spared agonizing travelling time

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  80. My chihuahua terrier had hurt his leg so I took him to the emergency vet to get looked at. They prescribed metacam for him to take for inflammation. Twenty four hours after taking the medicine he started throwing up yellowish green foam and was experiencing diarrhea. I called the vet and they said to bring him in if it continued. I woke up in the middle of the night and he had left s large spot of brown liquid diarrhea on the floor. I took him to the vet and after they ran tests the said he needed to be emitted for 12 to 24 hours for hge based on his signs and lab results. He soon started having only blood coming out. They immediately started and IV with fluids and antibiotics. After 13 hours of treatment of IV fluids and antibiotics he was able to be taken home since he was no longer throwing up or having diarrhea. They have him fluids and meds before we left to cover through the night. We were also givin some antibiotics and anti nausea medicine meds to give him along with a bland diet plan of chicken and rice. He was still very weak that night and slept. The next day after giving him his meds, some food and getting water in him he started improving and feeling better.

    I had never heard of HGE before. It is common in smaller breeds but all dogs can get this. I'm convinced it was the metacam that caused it with my dog butters. IF YOUR DOG SHOWS SIGNS OF THROWING UP AND DIARRHEA TAKE THEM TO THE VET IMMEDIATELY. Time is not on your side with HGE. As I read the stories above I understand how lucky I am.

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  81. Our wonderful, 7-year old pug, Leo, just died earlier this morning from HGE. He was a healthy and happy dog. He had a liver issue since he was four that had him on a special diet to help with his digestion of protein, but other than that, he has been such a healthy, happy-go- lucky dog. Last week, we took him to the emergency vet because of vomiting and diarrhea. He had no blood in his stool. He was given an IV for dehydration and was at the vet for less than 24 hours. He was peppy and happy when I went to pick him up on Wed. Yesterday, 5 days after his first bout of vomiting and diarrhea, he started foaming around the mouth and having bloody diarrhea. We took him to the vet shortly after we noticed this. They admitted him and shared some concern about the blood in his diarrhea, but I never expected to get a call at 3:30 in the morning telling me that he had passed away because they couldn't get his blood pressure under control with his continuous loss of blood. His little heart just gave out.

    All week, we had been trying to figure out what he had gotten into that would cause him to get so sick. The vet told me today that this is not attributed to something that dogs get into, and that this does 'just happen' to dogs and less in cats. It's comforting to know we did whatever we could for him, but our loss, is very painful. I miss every little thing about him. My heart goes out to all of you who are reading this and are feeling or have felt this pain.

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  82. Hi, my thoughts are with you, it's a terrible time when your pet is so ill. I have already posted on here about 'Tails' and HGE, it was heartbreaking that she died and I still cry over her. However 3 days after her death, her litter sister Luna started with the same thing - all I could think of was to prepare myself for the worst. she was admitted straight away to the pet hospital, put on IVs etc. Days passed and they said she was alert and her tests were ok, but she was still passing blood etc. After nearly a week she came home - she still had a little diarrhea with speckled bloody mucous. But gradually she regained her strength and the diarrhea subsided. She survived. Yogi is lucky that you sought treatment straightaway, I don't want to tell you he will be fine - but I do want to say that there is hope - just be patient it's not a quick fix - all the best - let me know how you go on

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