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Postby mnp13 » March 9th, 2011, 1:29 pm

Just got a phone call - Riggs is vomiting up everything he eats or drinks and has bloody diarrhea. Lovely. Vet appointment for x-rays is at 6:00. I guess he was jealous of Connor getting all the surgeries last year? Let's hope not.
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Postby TinaMartin » March 9th, 2011, 1:32 pm

Not amusing at all! Hope everything goes ok.
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Postby amalie79 » March 9th, 2011, 1:39 pm

Good thoughts for Riggs!!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » March 9th, 2011, 2:11 pm

Oh no! What is with your dogs??? They just take turns costing you guys money. :goodthoughts:
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Postby Malli » March 9th, 2011, 2:45 pm

oy. Good thoughts.
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Postby LMM » March 9th, 2011, 3:04 pm

Oh crap. Good thoughts for Riggs.
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Postby PetieMarie22 » March 9th, 2011, 3:06 pm

Oh no! Hang in there Riggs!
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Postby pocketpit » March 9th, 2011, 4:52 pm

No surgery thoughts coming your way. Hopefully it's a simple HGE, not that it's any fun or cheap to treat but at least there's no surgery involved.
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Postby mnp13 » March 9th, 2011, 5:01 pm

HGE??
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Postby TheRedQueen » March 9th, 2011, 5:44 pm

Good thoughts...hoping for a good outcome!
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Postby hugapitbull » March 9th, 2011, 7:56 pm

Good thoughts for Riggs. Hope it is nothing serious.
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Postby madremissy » March 9th, 2011, 8:17 pm

:( Sending good thoughts to Riggs.
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Postby Pit♥bull » March 9th, 2011, 8:25 pm

When it rains it pours :(

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Postby mnp13 » March 9th, 2011, 8:32 pm

Just back from the vet.

No apparent reason for him being sick, we did a full blood panel and he has Metro to stop the running from both ends. We'll see what the blood work says on friday.

His constant runny eye is due to a plugged tear duct, so he has eye drops for that.

And we drew a rabies titer (after the vet tech told us he was over due and the vet "might give him the shot anyway" even though we don't want it. :rolleyes2: )

bland for the next ten days. yay!
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Postby TheRedQueen » March 9th, 2011, 8:47 pm

*fingers crossed for normal bloodwork*
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Postby pocketpit » March 10th, 2011, 1:14 am

HGE = hemorrhagic gastroenteritis Sorry :oops:
Mild cases seem to respond quickly to treatment, most severe cases or cases where people wait too long end up being pretty serious and can even kill a dog. We seem to see it in clusters for some reason. If we have one dog with it we can almost guarantee at least 4 or 5 more cases within days of one another.

Hooray for good bloodwork and and otherwise normal visit! I hope Riggs is back to normal in no time.
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Postby SisMorphine » March 10th, 2011, 1:41 am

Aww poor Mr. Riggles!
pocketpit wrote:HGE = hemorrhagic gastroenteritis Sorry :oops:
Mild cases seem to respond quickly to treatment, most severe cases or cases where people wait too long end up being pretty serious and can even kill a dog. We seem to see it in clusters for some reason. If we have one dog with it we can almost guarantee at least 4 or 5 more cases within days of one another.

Interesting. What are the causes of HGE?
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Postby Malli » March 10th, 2011, 5:01 am

I'm interested, too. I thought it was a variation of severe diarrhea (so could be caused by any of the things that cause that), but thats just my impression, so I wanna see what Dawn says :)
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Postby iluvk9 » March 10th, 2011, 6:53 am

I hope he recovers from "this, whatever it is, very soon.
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Postby pocketpit » March 10th, 2011, 3:43 pm

What are the causes of HGE?


Nothing has been proven as a specific cause but there are lots of ideas like a virus, a bacterial component, stress, etc. And certain breeds (smaller ones) seem to be more prone to it.

A dog can develop bloody diarrhea after having normal diarrhea but most HGE cases are characterized by sudden onset of vomiting and bloody diarrhea.
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