May 2017 saw a surge in cases of this type at our hospital with six animals presenting with symptoms of this condition.
The signs are acute bloody malodorous diarrhea, sometimes associated with vomiting, and mentally dull patients with abdominal discomfort. The onset can be very rapid and can be associated with severe fluid loss, which can lead to shock even before classic signs of dehydration are seen.
Typically, small breed dogs are affected most frequently; Miniature Schnauzers are reported to be particularly prone to it. In our region, poodles or poodle crosses are represented more than the Schnauzers, but that may be reflective of local breed popularity.
AHDS used to be referred to as hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE). Unfortunately, despite a new name that better fits the description of the signs, we still don’t really understand what causes it.
In AHDS cases the gut becomes “leaky” and proteins can leak into … Continue reading