Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis (HGE) in Dogs

Dog on IV fluids © Miguel Vera on Flickr

From Veterinary Medicine at About.com
Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis (HGE) is a sudden, severe case of bloody vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. There are case reports of HGE in cats as well.  Prompt veterinary care is essential, and the mainstay of treatment is supportive care (fluid therapy and antibiotics).

HGE is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease. Learn more about HGE here to be aware should your pet develop similar signs.

Any time your pet isn’t “quite right” or experiencing bloody vomiting, diarrhea, urination/can’t urinate, painful cries or extreme lethargy, an emergency call to  your vet is warranted. Minutes and hours can make a difference. The sooner, the better — for your pet and for your pocketbook.

Have your dealt with a case of HGE with your pet? Please consider sharing your story to help others be aware of this rare but real disease.

Photo: Sick Dog on IV Fluids © Miguel Vera on Flickr