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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-28-2012, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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HGE Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis

I left for vacation last Monday, and when we landed I got a phone call from my adult daughter that Tino, my 4 year old hav, was having bloody diarrhea... She took him to the vet for me, where he was given IV fluid, and several medications. He was quickly back to his usual happy self thank goodness. But this was actually the second episode. In April 2011 it was much worse, and extreme. That time they called it HGE, for which the cause is unknown.

I just got back last night, so I haven't had a chance to speak with the vet yet, and since I live on Long Island and we're waiting for Sandy to arrive, I just might not get a chance to talk to her until Wednesday.

Since diet is one of the theories, I'm currently researching other dog foods. Stress may be another factor, and I think he knows exactly what my leaving with a suit case in the early morning means. So, I'm also thinking that next time I have to travel of asking the vet for some anit-anxiety medication. Which is something I'd rather not do and I only tried once when we were experiencing Hurricane Irene last year, since he is terrible with thunder.

I'm wondering if anyone else has had this experience with their havanese and what your theories/ideas might be...
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Cassie had HGE a few months ago. It was terrifying. Reading all about it online was even scarier! Cassie spend 2 days and 1 night at my vet who is also an emergency vet hospital. She was so sick. I have not had a second episode and hope that we never do.

The week before it happened we were out and about a lot. Cassie is a nervous wreck in the car and I took her on a ride to a flea market to meet a friend which was about an hour each way. I wondered if that stress of that could have been a trigger for it. I think it is so hard to know. I still feed her dry food. I gradually put her back onto it and she is doing well.

I am so glad to hear that your daughter acted quickly and Tino is doing well. Stay safe in the storm!

**Karen, Mom to Brady, Dugan, and Devon
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I would bet on stress of you leaving. My mother had an old dachound and got a new puppy and the older dog began to have ots of bloody dirrhea all over my new carpet. The vet also said that it was the puppy. He gave us somekind of liquid diet and we gave the old dog lots of attention and it cleared up in a couple of days.

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