Health and Nutrition

Hemorrhagic Gastric Enteritis (HGE)

HGE is particularly dangerous to Toy and smaller breed dogs. Any kind of bacterial diarrhea can quickly dehydrate a dog, and the little dogs are at greater risk of dehydration as they have little weight to lose. It may take two to ten days after exposure before signs of HGE are apparent. Symptoms start with vomiting, lethargy, refusal to eat, and progresses to mucous covered stools, loose stools, severe diarrhea, and bloody diarrhea. A culture should be done as soon as possible to determine the exact bacteria to be treated.

Note: This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website is intended as a source of information only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional care. Always consult with your Veterinarian about health related matters.

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