|10-28-2013 08:51 AM|
ECHO ... ate his dinner ... licked the bowl ... walked into the living room and immediately started acting "weird" ... his stomach swelled up like he had swallowed a beach ball, started spitting up white foam. I immediately called my vet who told me to get him to the ER IMMEIDATELY!!! From the first symptom to the time we walked out the door was a matter of minutes. The closest ER was in Annapolis, about a 45 minute drive from my house (it was dark and raining). When we got there they took us back immediately, took x-rays, performed surgery, etc. The vet told me that Echo would have died had we gotten there 25 MINUTES LATER!!! He survived.
JR ... ate his dinner ... acted normal. Then he started acting like he might have an upset tummy ... nothing dramatic ... no swelling of the stomach area that was noticeable ... he was spitting up a little ... some discomfort. Not sure when the torsion happened, but I know it took me a while to put two and two together and BINGO ... I HAD AN EMERGENCY!!! He survived the surgery despite me.
SLIDER ... no symptoms ... no bloat ... nothing except he refused to eat a baby carrot. I called my vet and made an appointment because I know my dogs are very sick if they refuse to eat something ... they're pigs. He also started acting uncomfortable which could have been from many things. Thank goodness they took me right away ... he had stomach torsion without bloat of any kind. Emergency surgery saved his life.
My only suggestion is to keep GAS-X on hand and hope that torsion hasn't happened by the time you give it. When in doubt ... check it out!!!
|10-28-2013 07:46 AM|
|10-27-2013 09:17 PM|
bloat is something that terrifies me. I thought the swelling would appear on the "tummy"area but in the videos in seems to appear on the sides????
The nearest e vet here is about 45 minutes away....ugh.
Hope to never have to use it.
|10-27-2013 01:42 PM|
|10-27-2013 01:36 PM|
|llombardo||I am leaning more towards genetic to. If dogs are waking up from naps or just old, there has to be more to it.|
|10-27-2013 12:40 PM|
Just sayin.... (I will never breed, I will never breed, I will never breed )
|10-27-2013 12:34 PM|
|ken k||Max bloated after waking up from a nap, no food, water or exercise, had him to the vets in 20 min`s, almost not soon enough, not only did his stomach flip, so did his colon, and thats what would have killed him, there is absolutely no time to waste, if you suspect it, act on it, its way better to look silly or over recative, then to find out you dog is going to die|
|10-27-2013 12:22 PM|
Old dogs are prone to bloating. Nothing needs to "set them off" they just bloat.
I added this to the bloat sticky - honestly, l don't know of any emergency where waiting at home makes it better:
It seems obvious, given that you should contact a vet first and immediately, and that it is a life threatening emergency time is of the essence. Get your dog to the vet on the very first signs, or possibility of signs. Minutes matter - you do not have time to sit and watch, sit and wait, post on this board, or do anything but get your dog to the vet. Being wrong and rushing to the vet makes you feel silly for a few minutes, but waiting makes your dog suffer and probably die.
Also - that's why you call the vet and say I have a GSD and think they may be bloating. That phone call will get things moving.
|10-27-2013 12:17 PM|
|llombardo||Quick question, most people believe that bloat happens because of exercise and eating/drinking? I can't see a 12 yr old GSD exercising or playing so hard that this would happen.|
|10-27-2013 12:10 PM|
|llombardo||The videos were helpful. Robyn scared me not to long ago, she swelled up and I freaked. Off to the emergency vet we went and immediately, of course none of my dogs get sick during the week, only on the weekends when the regular vet is closed. Hers was undigested food and a lot of it. $200 for a picture of undigested food. It was worth it for my peace of mind.|
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