11-08-2017, 10:53 PM
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Several comments... I have to agree... 'giving up' seems a pretty inappropriate phrase and I hope that your vet did not actually say that. We treat hundreds of vomiting puppies and adult dogs yearly that have bloody, mucousy diarrhea (or sometimes just pure red, jam-like mucus) and vomiting and ill and almost always have excellent success (not 100% though). A client may give up if they reach the limit of what they can afford, or feel their pet is suffering and not getting better, but a doctor rarely gives up without coming to some sore of agreement with the client (at least in a situation like this). Referral is the usual next step when a professional feels overwhelmed or over his/her head.
But those symptoms do not necessarily mean true "HGE" (hemorrhagic gastroenteritis). By definition, dogs with that disease have very abnormal blood work (elevated PCVs, usually over 65%) while still having normal or even low protein levels (only 1 in a 100 dogs with these symptoms will actually fit into the 'real' HGE category).. and those rare dogs are indeed extremely sick- very dehydrated, toxic, often septic, and often do not do well (though still many will eventually survive if treated aggressively... maybe 75%?).
The term HGE is often used carelessly to describe any dog with bloody diarrhea or bleeding from the rectum/anus. Lot of different conditions can lead to those symptoms, most which are related to toxic ingestion of something ('something' being a pretty broad category of possibilities all which include things a dog does not normally eat- rotting food, plant material, stool, stagnant water, dirt, table food, changes in dog food etc.). But dogs with bleeding colon tumors, anaphylaxis, extreme hyperthermia (heat shock), parasites, inflammatory bowel disease or intestinal foreign bodies can have the same symptoms.