Treatment Name: Enteral Nutrition (Elemental and Polymeric)

Treatment Type: Medical and Surgical Procedures

Rated for: German Shepherd Dog

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Unnecessary in adults, might be necessary for puppies

Vuk Ignjic DVM



Posted Jun. 16, 2018

Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis manifests as severe acute bloody diarrhea, and the biggest threat to a dog is severe dehydration which can lead to shock and potential for development of septic shock. It usually resolves within a day or two so the anorexia isn't really a big problems for adult dogs, as they can go for about 5 days without food and no serious consequences to their health.

On the other hand puppies will benefit from early enteral nutrition as they start wasting after 8-12h without food, even when they don't have severe bloody diarrhea. Puppies with Parvovirus, which is quite similar to HGE, benefited immensely, and had much higher survival chances if they were fed early, even through vomiting (meaning they were fed., despite the fact they've vomited some amount of the food).

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