Rhea had been out of sorts for a couple of days but when she began vomiting blood her family knew that she needed immediate veterinary attention.

Upon arrival Dr. Susi performed a thorough physical examination. Rhea displayed abdominal discomfort, evidence of blood in her faeces and dehydration. The decision was made to admit Rhea to hospital for further testing and treatment. A comprehensive blood test was performed revealing severe dehydration. Intravenous fluid therapy was commenced, alongside pain relief and anti-nausea medications.

Haemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (HGE) is a condition in dogs characterised by the sudden onset of vomiting or diarrhoea, containing blood. Faeces often resemble a ‘raspberry jam’ consistency, a characteristic sign of HGE. The exact cause of HGE remains unknown. It may be caused by hypersensitivity reactions, dietary indiscretion (ingestion of a different food or non-food item), immune-mediated diseases, toxins or pancreatitis. HGE can affect seemingly healthy dogs and may be fatal if left untreated.

Rhea was later transferred to Casey Pet Emergency for ongoing monitoring and treatment overnight and returned to us the following morning. We were pleased to reunite Rhea with her family that evening, once her hydration levels had returned to normal, her appetite had improved, and the vomiting and diarrhoea had subsided.

Rhea’s family monitored her recovery closely at home and returned for a revisit some days later. We’re relieved to know that Rhea’s health is returning to normal – we expect her to make a full recovery!