Vet Blog

August Case of the Month

August 27, 2018

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.

Physical Exam:

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 painfully. A rectal exam revealed bloody diarrhea.

Diagnostic Tests:

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 the 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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