My dog Lucky (Pug X Chihuahua) recently had an episode of HGE – if you aren’t familiar with what it is, the most important thing you need to know about it is this: It is fatal if left untreated for 12-24 hours. Symptoms are severe vomiting, and diarrhea.
Ever notice your dog throwing up? Having diarrhea? These are signs of illness, and it could be a plethora of things. Make sure you do not take it as something that will pass, and check the vomit and diarrhea for blood. If there is blood in the stool or vomit, take your dog to the vet right away – he could be bleeding internally. MY little Lucky was bleeding from his anus and constantly throwing up foam with traces of blood in it. We rushed him to the vet immediately where he was given antibiotics, and hooked up to IV. To my joy, he started to recover slowly. He had to spend two days at the vet, with constant IV treatment as well as painkillers and antibiotics.
After doing some research on the internet, and asking my Vet – the cause of this episode of HGE is unknown. It is apparently very hard to trace what the exact cause of HGE is – which is frustrating as I would never want this to happen to my dog ever again. I suspect however, that the cause of the HGE was an abrupt change in diet. My two other dogs (Chihuahua, and Yorkie x Min Pin) had been on Orijen dog food before, which was working well for them. When we adopted Lucky we tried to switch him to the same dog food, and the quick change in diet might have been too much for his stomach to handle (we suspect he has a sensitive stomach now) as Orijen is a very rich, and high in protein type of dog food.
We were told to feed Lucky a Gastrointestinal food for his recovery, which he actually really enjoyed and brought him back to full health. We have since switched to a food made by the same company, and it’s a food that is good for small dogs with sensitive stomachs. The food is Royal Canin – Special 30.
I hope this post gets found by someone who needs the help – if you happen to read this blog while searching for reasons why your dog is throwing up, or having heavy diarrhea, PLEASE take your dog to the vet asap!