Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis

General Information
Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and small intestine, characterized by sudden vomiting and bloody diarrhea. The cause is not completely understood, but bacterial toxins, viruses, and allergies have been suggested as causes.

While the disease can occur in any breed at any age, it is most common in young toy or miniature breeds of dogs. This disease is considered an emergency, as it can progress to profound shock and death in a matter of hours.

Important Points in Treatment
1. In most cases, hospitalization is required because affected dogs cannot keep down medication or food given by mouth. Various blood tests are necessary to evaluate the patient’s condition and monitor progress. Occasionally, radiographic (x-ray) examination of the abdomen is required.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.