Stagecoach Pet Hospital Blog
Trixie, a 4 year old spayed yorkie presented to Stagecoach Pet Hospital for diarrhea, lethargy, and decreased appetite. No changes in food or treats. Trixie does not go hiking or swimming. She is up to date on vaccinations.
Trixie has a normal body temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate. Her gums in her mouth are not moist as they should be. Her belly does not palpate painful. Rectal exam revealed bloody diarrhea.
Fecal exam- No intestinal worms found.
Bloodwork- Severe dehydration was confirmed.
X-rays- No significant findings.
Trixie was diagnosed with Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis or HGE.
What is HGE?
This condition basically means inflammation of the stomach and intestines with bleeding. Vomiting can also be part of the syndrome. The cause of HGE can be from a number of issues including viruses, diet changes, or an infection of the gi tract with Clostridium perfringens type A.
Treatment for Trixie:
Treatment is based on fluid therapy and medications to protect the gi tract. Trixie had an iv catheter placed and was given several medications intravenously. She was also placed on a fluid drip for 24 hours. After just 10 hours in hospital, Trixie dramatically improved. She was discharged home after one night of hospitalization and supportive care.
We are so happy Trixie is back to normal!
If you have noticed these symptoms in your pet, be sure to give us a call.
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Brandy, a 6 year old female spayed Chihuahua presented to Stagecoach Pet Hospital for examination of several bruises on her belly. Brandy is eating and drinking well.
Brandy has a normal heartrate, respiratory rate, and body temperature. Several areas of bruising are noted on her abdomen. Brandy also has petechial (small red lesions) on her gumline in her mouth.
Brandy had several blood tests performed. The complete blood count showed that Brandy had a very low platelet count.
Shadow, a three year old male Cane Corso, presented to SPH for vomiting and diarrhea for the last 24 hours. Shadow is up to date on vaccinations.
Shadow’s vitals were all normal. His abdomen palpated normally in all quadrants.
Parvo test- negative
Abdominal X-rays showed no obvious obstructions.
Bloodwork- Elevated kidney enzymes, low Sodium, elevated Potassium
Hypoadrenocorticism ( Addison’s Disease)