Many small dogs in the toy and miniature breeds suffer from a condition called Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis or HGE. This is a condition of the intestines where the lining of the intestines get inflamed. If this happens and your dog is untreated, it can begin passing blood through the bowels and die very quickly. After you have read this article, you will be able to determine if your dog suffers from this condition, and be able to possibly even save its life.
How to determine if your dog has HGE
Eating is one of a dog's favorite things to do, but when they have HGE that is the last thing they want to do. Your dog will begin shying away from their food, and being lethargic; vomiting and diarrhea are more prevalent signs of the condition. You may be interested to know that there is no cure for this condition, only treatment. Once your pet suffers from this condition, the possibility of it recurring greatly increases.
Vomiting a yellow/green foamy substance is one of the first signs. After a few hours with no treatment, your dog will begin with diarrhea. Even water is stressful to their intestines and will be vomited within a couple of minutes. If the dog is still not treated, it will begin shedding the lining of their intestines through the bowels and bleeding. This is a totally involuntary action. If this happens to your dog, get it to the veterinarian immediately! This is when the dog can die very quickly.
Diagnosing this condition is difficult. Most veterinarians diagnose the animal with Parvovirus before any testing is completed. Parvovirus has to be eliminated before treatment can be done. However, only a vet can complete the testing necessary to determine this condition.
Treating your dog for this condition is a difficult task because it takes round-the-clock care. If you are lax in your care it can cause the dog to have a relapse immediately and die regardless of the care you have given for a short period of time.