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Poppy very sick

We are very concerned with Poppy. She started having diarrhea yesterday morning. She ate her normal breakfast and dinner yesterday (dinner at 5pm). At 8pm Poppy had a diarrhea accident on our couch pillow. She ate some of this diarrhea. When I noticed the accident and tried to pick up the pillow, Poppy snapped at me. Over the next 2 hours, Poppy vomited several times and started to lightly shake or tremor. I think the tremors were due to discomfort and pain. We then took her to the ER where they did blood tests and x-rays. White blood count was very low and x-rays showed intestines were inflamed. I don't find this unusual considering what she went through. Poppy was also mildly dehydrated. The vet is not ruling out intestinal obstruction but could not find anything conclusive on x-ray. For that matter, blood work was pretty inconclusive also. The Parvo and Pancreatic test came back normal. While at the vet, Poppy started to have bloody diarrhea. This was alarming and now we are panicking.

Poppy spent the night at the ER and was given antibiotics and IV for fluids. When my wife picked her up this morning, Poppy was definitely feeling better but still stick and she still had bloody diarrhea. This morning we took her to the vet where she is still getting fluids.

Out of the ordinary things Poppy did recently. She went to a new groomer on Saturday. She and her brother Teddy were there for half the day and seemed fine when we left. Teddy did have a couple of accidents when we got home so maybe stress related? Could Poppy be this sick due to stress? Seems unlikely. Poppy also got into the trash on Saturday night. I caught her quickly but she did have a big Pork Shoulder bone on the floor. There was a little meat attached to the bone and I'm sure she got some of that but the bone was intact.

We are getting vet care but they really don't know what's going on. Has anyone gone through something similar? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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I hope Poppy just got something that did not agree with her and gets better soon.

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That is terrifying, I know. It would seem more likely that Poppy ingested something that created the issue than stress related to the grooming. Is it possible the groomer gave something to the dog(s)? Unfortunately, in cases like this, there is the possibility you'll never know what caused it. I'll pray for Poppy to come out of this unscathed.

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I was wondering the same thing as Geri. Perhaps the groomer gave them a treat that does not agree with her. To ease my mind I would call the groomer and check. I hope that Poppy gets better soon.

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I hope the worst is over and Poppy is better soon. I know how scared you must be.

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I would get with your vet, because it sounds like it could be Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis or (HGE) If this is what she has she needs to be at he vet with an iv hooked up to her, and antibiotics

A friend on mine lost one of her dogs to this and recognized the symptoms when another came down with it a few years later and was able to save him with the fluids and
antibiotics, it took about a week for him to fully recover

Here is a web site to help you understand what HGE is
http://vetmedicine.about.com/cs/dogd.../HGEindogs.htm


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I just visited Poppy at the Vet. She is still on IV and has not vomited or experienced diarrhea since she we dropped her off at 8am. The last time she had bloody diarrhea was at 7:30 am when we were leaving the animal ER clinic. She will get re-evaluated in about 30 minutes to see what next steps will be. Poppy is doing much better and gaining strength back. I look forward to the next evaluation and hopefully bring her home.

I called the groomer and they said they gave her Pupperoni. They also mentioned that sometimes dogs will get diarrhea due to the stress of grooming. This seem a little extreme for stress related issues. Her white blood count was also really low so something serious is happening. Not really sure what though.

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I agree with Heather. My Sheltie had a bout with HGE about a year and half ago while we were traveling. If it hadn't been for the person who directed us to a wonderful vet who immediately hooked her up to an IV and gave her antibiotics we would have lost her. Keep a very close eye on Poppy. My girl was stressed because of a visit to my sister's house. Sis has a Lab that was a pup at the time and pestered my Sheltie. The stress caused her to have diarrhea and it progressed VERY quickly from there.
I hope Poppy is much better soon.

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I agree with Heather. My Sheltie had a bout with HGE about a year and half ago while we were traveling. If it hadn't been for the person who directed us to a wonderful vet who immediately hooked her up to an IV and gave her antibiotics we would have lost her. Keep a very close eye on Poppy. My girl was stressed because of a visit to my sister's house. Sis has a Lab that was a pup at the time and pestered my Sheltie. The stress caused her to have diarrhea and it progressed VERY quickly from there.
I hope Poppy is much better soon.
I agree she had HGE. This seems like a very non specific diagnosis, however, and doesn't pinpoint cause. I am surprised stress can cause this. I was sort of thinking it is not the cause in our case because Poppy left the groomer happy and was kissing on the groomer when we left. She also didn't start her diarrhea until the next morning. We got home from from groomer at 2pm, Poppy ate normally at 5pm. She had diarrhea the next morning. I would think diarrhea would start sooner. What do you guys think?

I should also note that we moved to MN from TX late December. Perhaps the stress from the move caught up to her? The first week in MN she was not herself but the last couple of weeks were fine.

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How scary! I'm glad the vet is on top of it and she's improving. I think they could be exposed to more at a groomer, perhaps if the groomer isn't as cleanly as they should be OR another dog was sick the same day, dog flu? Maybe your vet can give you a diagnosis.

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