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Hershey Very Sick

Well it has been a very stressful couple of days here and we are no further ahead. Monday Hershey threw up his breakfast soon after he ate it, but the rest of the day and the next day acted like his old self so I didn't think to much about it. He is a gobbler when it comes to eating, so I thought he just ate to fast that day and that was that. So when he was fine Tuesday I never thought any more of it. Wednesday morning I went to get them out of their crates for breakfast and Hershey was covered in vomit. His face, chest, feet and all his bed. It was clear liquid. I immediately took him to the vet who then gave him anit nausea meds, a pepsid type med and ran some tests. At this point his poop and pee had been normal including that morning. He wouldn't eat and he was very lethargic. Very abnormal for him. So we came home hoping the meds and the bland diet she sent us home with would do the trick. Later that evening he was still lethargic and not eating. My husband and I went out to the garage at about 10 p.m. and when I came back in the utility room there was a huge blood pool about a foot in diameter. I yelled for Matt I could not believe my eyes. We were both horrified. It had come from his rectum. So scary. Not a single vet in our town offers 24 hr emerg, so we drove to Calgary to the nearest emerg and got him in. They ran a bunch of blood work and did xrays and nothing is showing up. He had no fecal matter in him to run a fecal test and that is a problem. They still have him at the clinic and he still won't eat, still lethargic had another bloody discharge episode at noon with no fecal in it so we are no further ahead. We are so worried, this came on him so fast and they are calling it Hemorrhagic Gastritis, which is a catch all phrase when they cannot pinpoint anything else. He will be there overnight again tonight and they are going to give him an appetite stimulant in hopes of getting fecal matter to test for parasites. Has anyone else here had anything like this. It is so frustrating not being able to pinpoint anything and this little guy is so sick.
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Oh, I'm so sorry! I don't have any words of wisdom, but I ope you get some answers and he's feeling better soon!!!


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I'm so sorry to hear about Hershey, I can only imagine how frightened you must be for him. This same thing literally just happened to my friend's dog a week ago. She is not a Hav, she is a Malmute. She presented exactly like Hershey did down to being found in her crate covered in liquidy clear vomit. She spent 3 nights in the hospital and is fine now. They never did find the cause which is worrying but the Vets at the animal ER said it isn't that uncommon to not find a trigger/cause. I'll pray for you that you have the same outcome.
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How terrifying! I'm so sorry for Hershey and for you all! I hope he will recover fully whether they figure this out or not!

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Molly had several episodes in the past with the bloody stools, sometimes looking just like bloody liquid. Very scary indeed! Once or twice she had vomiting also. In her case they never found a cause for these episodes and treated the symptoms. We went through many days of bland diets, probiotics and antibiotics. The vet wanted to put her on a prescription bland food but Molly would never eat it. I researched a lot of foods and started her on a limited ingredient diet. She has had no further episodes and is doing well and eating well. I hope that Hershey recovers quickly and that it is simply a case of GI issues with an unknown cause that does not cause him any further problems. Try not to worry. Molly and I send our love and healing prayers for Hershey.
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So sorry! I have not had this experience. I'm sending good thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery for Hershey!❤️

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Ohhhh, poor Hershey!! My little Leela had the same thing in March. It seemed to come on quickly. Talk about panic!! She spent 2 days hooked up to an IV because she was so dehydrated. It was very scary. All ended well though my heart skips a beat if she vomits or has a loose stool. Get well soon Hershey and hang in there Hershey's mom.
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Thank you all for your support it is very upsetting. For those of you that posted similar situations with your pups or your friends pups is there any way you could let me know what your vets used to treat this, it couldn't hurt to at least mention it to our vet as what she is doing doesn't seem to be working.







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My vet said the important thing was to keep Leela hydrated. They did administer an anti-nausea along with IV fluids. I also think it depends on how early you catch the illness. Leela had a bloody stool very early on and I am within walking distance from my office (Leela goes to work with me) to the vet. So I just scooped her up and took her to the vet immediately. The vet said it could take 24 to 36 hours to get her stable. Fortunately, she responded well to the treatment. I had to keep her on a bland diet of chicken and rice for 2 weeks after.

I think her illness was caused by someone at my office sharing people treats with her and not puppy treats. After that expensive incident everyone got a stern talking to. Now the rule is no treats unless you ask mom first.
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Poor Hershey! how worrying. I hope they discover the cause and that he is back to normal as soon as possible.
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