Gastroenteritis in dogs is a condition prevalent in the dogs of all age groups and breeds. The term gastroenteritis denotes the inflammation of the cells lining the stomach and intestine. Sudden bouts of vomiting, dysentery, dehydration and malaise are some features of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE).
Diarrhea, defined as frequent defecation or watery stools from the norm while vomiting, forceful expulsion of stomach contents through the mouth; leads to the rapid loss of electrolytes and stricken dogs deteriorate rapidly.
Left uncorrected, this would lead to metabolic acidosis. The condition is ubiquitous across dogs of varying age and breed though pups of 2-4 months are more susceptible to the condition.
Although dogs may suffer infrequent attacks of vomiting or diarrhea, the severity of condition is indicated by persisting symptoms. Medical advice should be sought without delay as treatment of the acute gastroenteritis in dogs is further complicated by accompanying suppression of the immune system.