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HGE is characterized by a rapid onset of vomiting and diarrhea, often with varying degrees of associated GI bleeding. From Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (HGE) (Dr. Barl Spielman)
What to Watch For

  Acute vomiting
  Anorexia
  Depression
  Bloody diarrhea

Clinical signs are variable in both the course and severity of the disease.  The onset of HGE is usually very quick/immediate, with no previous warning signs or health problems reported in the affected individuals. Signs progress rapidly and become severe within a few hours.  Signs of shock, collapse, and sudden death have been reported.
HGE affects middle-aged dogs (average age is 5 years old). The cause is unknown. Treatment is supportive and includes hydration and treatment with antibiotics. If the diagnosis is made in a timely manner, most dogs will improve quickly, once treatment is started.

Canine Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (VetCentric)

Veterinary Q & A: HGE
Also know as Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (About.com)


[ September 02, 2003, 09:02 PM: Message edited by: Betsy Iole ]
 
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