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My dog has been having uncontrollable diarrhea(x3), vomiting

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My dog has been having uncontrollable diarrhea(x3), vomiting (x3) and urination (x1) over the last few days. She has vomited some in the past.... maybe 1-2 a month over the first 4 months I had her. Tonight she had diarrhea again indoors and then a very bloody and clear stool. I'm very concerned and would like to know if taking her in tonight would be worth it -or if I should wait until the morning.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Shalet replied 7 years ago.
Hello. Yes - I do recommend you bring your gal to an emergency facility tonight. There is a disease syndrome called hemorrhagic gastric enteritis (HGE). This is thought to be caused by a bacterial -like organism called clostridium. HGE often presents with vomiting and/or bloody diarrhea. It is treatable with aggressive fluid therapy and antibiotics but the sooner treatment is initated the better.

When dogs have profuse diarrhea coupled with vomiting they can become very dehydrated very quickly. Dehydration is the biggest concern for your dog. Although emergency facilities can be slightly more expensive than your regular veterinarian you may save money in the long run by getting on top of this sooner than later.

I hope this helps and best of luck with her!


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