Dog Health Alert-Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (HGE)

sick dog photoHappy healthy pets are our priority here at Camp, so when we hear of a new illness we feel it’s a priority to educate dog owners.

What is HGE?

The media has been discussing a recently discovered canine disease known as Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (HGE). This disease involves a sudden-onset episode of diarrhea, often very bloody in nature. The exact cause is unknown but there are many theories including intestinal parasites and bacteria. It’s believed that stress may be a cause of the development of HGE. This disease can affect any breed, gender or age.

Symptoms of canine HGE

Other symptoms include vomiting, loss of appetite and lethargy. This disease can be extremely dangerous if not treated in a timely manner. While we have NOT seen any instances of this in our Camp, we want you to be informed and have the most up to date information regarding the health of your dog.

HGE and Camp

This is also a good chance to remind you that if you’re boarding your dog, whether for a short or long period of time, providing a reliable emergency contact is crucial to the care of your pet. Your emergency contact should be someone reliable, easily accessible and know you and your dog. If we are unable to reach you, we will contact your emergency contact as well as your vet on record. We will always operate in the best interest of your dog and care for them as if they were our own. We do have an authorized vehicle equipped to transit pets, so we can take dogs to the vet in emergency situations.

If your dog is exhibiting any signs of illness prior to coming to Camp, please do not bring your dog to Camp and let us know immediately. We take health concerns very seriously and keep up to date on contagious illnesses and add to our deep cleaning process accordingly.

You should always contact your vet first if your dog is exhibiting any signs of unusual behavior or health concerns.

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