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Anybody here ever heard of or had this happen to their pup? Had to get up to speed real fast cause my mid-size Beagle is in doggie ICU right now being treated, apparently it can kill smaller dogs very quickly ..
A real mystery, comes on quickly with no warning and no real known cause although there have been multiple cluster outbreaks especially in Cali not related to food, other disease etc. etc. sometimes appears to be seasonal - yeah, it's gonna be a fun Derby week, and Stanley Steemer has been called to come on Monday, wish us well
HGE, is characterized by a very sudden onset of severe bloody diarrhea, often accompanied by vomiting, loss of appetite and lethargy. While the symptoms may vary somewhat, HGE is a potentially fatal disease that only your veterinarian can properly diagnose.
Often there is no pattern to when or where HGE cases are diagnosed. On other occasions, HGE occurs seasonally or geographically. This past winter in Southern California saw a cluster of HGE that affected a large number of dogs (1) while another outbreak in Indianapolis occurred this past summer (2). Other outbreaks of HGE have occurred in Costa Rica (3), Long Island New York (4), and Pennsylvania (5) to name a few.
There is no known cause of HGE and therefore, unfortunately, there is no known prevention. Although HGE has been reported throughout the US, data shows that previous winter outbreaks in Southern California in 2004, 2005 and 2006 were thoroughly investigated using extensive diagnostic tests and still no cause for the bloody and watery diarrhea was found. There was no evidence that the dogs' commercial pet food could have been the cause as the affected dogs ate a wide variety of different pet foods. (1)(6) Officials at the Los Angeles County Veterinary Public Health department are still investigating the cluster of HGE cases that occurred in their county last winter, but so far have been unable to find a cause. (1)(6)
Moe, meant to thank you for posting this. I have no dogs anymore but that doesn't mean I don't still love them, all of them. My prayers go out to any dog who contracts this, and it's family, if there is one.
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Thank you for the well-wishes, the Beagle is 99.99% recovered and gets a last round of pills poked down his throat today. HGE is just a real mystery and again had never heard of it, evah but apparently it's fairly common –they treat as a bacterial infection using Amoxicillin and Flagyl vs. a virus (e.g. Parvo) (differentiated of course by stool samples) although in both diseases supportive re-hydration is used. Poor Moe is now a dog poop specialist (the most important thing of course is not to step in it )
Great to hear the recovery news - I can't imagine what you have been going through.
Best wishes for a heathy, happy pooch.
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