Dog with vomiting and diarrhea

October 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Sometimes I like to give information about cases that come into the office especially when there is something to be learned from them.

West Highland White TerrierA little white West Highland White Terrier (Westie) came into the office on Thursday. It had been vomiting and had diarrhea for the past day and the little guy did not appear to be getting any better on its own.

Now normally diarrhea for a day in a dog is usually not a big deal, but coupled with vomiting it can be a sign of a serious disease. This case was no exception. The little Westie was still able to move around and wag its tail but you could see it was depressed and not as active as one of these little dogs should be.

I took a history and the little guy was current on vaccinations, had not tipped over the garbage can, the owners had not switched foods, and it had been on a good quality dog food (no recalls on this brand). Just started with some vomiting the night before and some diarrhea throughout the day and the dog was just looking worse as the day progressed.

Taking the dog’s temperature – normal but there was some blood on the thermometer. That was a tip off! This little guy was either suffering from the worst case of colitis I had seen or it had Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis (HGE) A blood tes would help me to diagnose HGE.

The Packed Cell Volume (PVC), which is a measurement of the solid part of blood measured 63. Normal should be between 35 and 55. Now of course the dog had been vomiting and had diarrhea so it could be just dehydration, but the Total Protein of the blood was in the normal range. If a dog is dehydrated the Total Protein would be elevated as well. I was confident I was dealing with HGE.

There is no known cause for HGE. It appears that it is an immune system response, but unknown why dogs all of a sudden come down with the disease. It is fatal if left untreated. It is usually found in adult dogs and usually smaller breeds like the Westie, but it can be found in any dog breed. Like this Akita that died last year – Ansel Young

The treatment is very simple. It is a matter of giving the dog IV fluids and letting the disease take its course. Most dogs are better within 24 to 48 hours after starting fluids. Other supportive care measures can be given such as meds to stop the vomiting along with antibiotics. But for the most part it is a matter of hospitalization and IV fluid therapy.

After the PCV returns to normal the dog can go home and be placed on a bland diet for a few days. This little guy did just that on Friday afternoon.

So if your dog is experiencing vomiting and diarrhea, it is best to get him/her into your veterinarian right away, especially if there is blood in the stool. It may be as simple as a parasite infestation or even colitis but it can be as dangerous as Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis.

Thank you to Dog Breed Galleries for the pic of the Westie

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Dog Pics: I just want to be outside!

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Secretariat opens tomorrow

October 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A film about hopes and dreams. The only issue I have with this or any horse racing movie is that you see the glorifying of the racing industry and nothing of the evils of horse racing and what it does to the majority of the horses. Still going to see the film, probably this weekend.

Make Plans to See Secretariat: Long-Awaited Film Opens Friday in Theaters

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Is your horse neutered?

October 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Similar to free/low cost spay and neuter clinics, there are now programs for stallions to control the problem of horse overpopulation in hopes of helping with the unwanted horse problem. The only difference I see here is that there are not stallions wandering around the neighborhood breeding, so it is a good idea but may not be very effective in controlling the unwanted horse issue.

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Castration clinics fight unwanted horse problem

Economic turmoil and a ban on horse slaughter has resulted in a steadily growing number of unwanted horses with owners who are unable to properly care for them.

The first aspect of the two-part project, Education Earns Stallions to Geldings, encourages horse owners, through education and financial incentives, to choose to turn their stallions into geldings. Those enrolled in the program are eligible for a voucher to cover the cost of castration surgery once the owner attends eight horse health management educational sessions. Many of the sessions were offered at the Minnesota Horse Expo in St. Paul in April 2009.

The second aspect of the project involves holding castration clinics, with the first such clinic organized in September 2009. The Minnesota Horse Council certified horse rescue organizations on the basis of their compliance with the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ published guidelines for such facilities. These certified organizations brought colts and stallions for one day to the Washington County Fairgrounds in Stillwater, Minn., for free gelding. The procedures were performed by veterinary students under the supervision of area veterinarians.



Have You Walked the Dog Today?

October 5, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

We should be exercising our dogs on a daily basis. Moderate exercise on a regular basis helps reduce weight – more calories being expended – and also helps reduce behavior issues- a tired dog is a good dog.

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Another humilating dog costume

October 4, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

LOL – where are the apple, & green grapes? Fruit of the Loom should get in on this one. :-)

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Do you have your dog’s costume?

October 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Halloween is just around the corner. Do you have your dog’s costume? :-)

2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™

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Last week of the WEG! Should be a good one.