Casanova has been admitted into the vet hosital with Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (HGE). He had bloody poo last night and vomitted this morning. The vet did a rectal in front of me, and I was shocked that he was all bloody inside. We think they will be keeping him at least 1 if not 2 nights to get Casanova stabilized.
Does anyone here have experience with HGE? I am obviously really worried; but on top of that, we (including the vet) have no idea what caused it. We used to feed all home-cooked fish and chicken with veggies, but in the last few months have been feeding 1/2 home cooked and 1/2 Acana Pacifica. Could switching to kibble possibly do this to a dog that was fed home cooked only?
Please pray for Cas that he will be back to normal. I feel like such a wimp...I was crying when I saw the blood and I didn't want to leave my baby there at all.
UPDATE (Thursday night)
Thank you all so much for all your kind wishes and prayers. I am so grateful for my SM family! Thank you so much for your sweet PM's and emails. If I haven't gotten back to you yet, please know that I will and that I appreciate so much hearing from you.
So I spoke to the doctor again. She said that they have been giving him fluids and antibiotics slowly via IV, and that he is doing fine and resting. She is going to call me first thing in the morning, and let me know if he can come home tomorrow or if he needs to stay longer.
I have really been in shock this whole time, and now I have alot of questions I want to ask the vet. I looked at alot of websites, but can't figure out why something this severe can happen so suddenly. What in the world could make his GI start hemorraging? I don't think she is doing any testing on him while he is there. But shouldn't there be tests done now, or is that not standard practice for HGE because the causes have not been identified?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you all so much again. Casanova loves all his aunties here.
UPDATE (Friday morning)
I just called again to check on Casanova this morning. The vet tech said he was alert with no vomiting or diarrhea overnight, and the IV was still in. I have to call back at 9:30am to speak with the doctor. I hope this is good news for him to be released soon...Bijou is definitely not herself. She seems depressed. She keeps running around the apartment checking every dog bed in every room looking for her big brother-- breaks my heart. She did it last night, and she did it first thing this morning. Thank you all for your kind wishes and prayers. I know you are all helping Casanova, and I'm so grateful.
UPDATE (Friday 9am)
Yayyyy!!!! I'm soooo happy!! The doctor just called and Casanova is coming home at 2pm today!! :chili::chili::chili
These Chili's are beyond awesome!) I have to keep him on a special diet and some medication to get him through the weekend. I know lots of you have asked me about HGE, so I will post what she told me below in case it helps anyone in the future. She didn't run bloodwork because the clinical signs for HGE are different than other conditions, and the priority was to administer fluids and antibiotics to him immediately:
HGE is frank blood. Colitis is the mucousy diarrhea. Pancreatitis presents with fever and stomach pains. She says there is no known cause for HGE, but that it could be stress. She said it used to be thought that it only happened in city dogs, but then it was thought that owners of dogs in the country just didn't know it b/c the dogs were going outside. Because there are no known causes, there is no way to prevent it. She says anytime you see blood in the stool, RUN to your vet with your pet. HGE is very serious.