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Thread: Bloat--please read! (a.k.a. GDV)

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    Thanks Amy and timely topic. Having a young inhaler I just raised the dish myself. Now what?? Geesh!!

    My long time Vet's Golden died from bloat. Nobody is safe I guess.
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    Lost my first Chessie to bloat. She looked like she'd just drank too much water. By the time it was obvious something different was happening we were at the vet only a few miles away. There wasn't anything they could do because of the damage which had been done due to blood being cut off. There isn't any easy answer. Some books say it's food, some say genetics, some say feeding schedule etc.

    She had eaten the night before. We got up at 8 am notice something was odd right away and she was gone by 10am.

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    The biggest danger the first 24 hours after the GDV is corrected is uncontrollable heart arrhythmias which can lead to a fatal heart attack. I glad your dog had the care he did, because a lot of general practitioners are not well equipped to deal with a complicated bloat.
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    Glad your dog pulled through! What an awful experience!

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    Amy sorry that you had to go through all of this. There is not "fool proof" non-invasive means to prevent GDV. The best prevention is with a prophylactic gastropexy. These can be done with a laparoscope and are minimally invasive. Being a surgeon here in North Carolina I can tell you that it runs about $2000 with a scope and is an out patient procedure. The price may seem steep but when you consider the average cost of treating a GDV is 5000 plus with a mortality rate as high as 50% it is priceless. Especially when we have invested so much time and money in training etc. I would recommend all "at risk" or "working dog" get them. Usually done as early as 9 months and have a less than 1% risk if future GDV.

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    Observant owner and excellent care made the outcome a success. Glad you and your dog are on the other side of this one - thank you for the excellent information.
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    Just went through this with my pet dog Saturday night. I was running a field trial this weekend and left Jake at home with a neighbor kid pet sitter (he has horrible anxiety in the truck). Went out on the land series of the trial and ended up coming home a day early. Got home around midnight and my boy looked pregnant. I texted the kid and she said she fed him 3 cups and then threw the tennis ball outside for "a while" 15 minutes after he ate. I rushed him to the emergency vet and he pulled through because I caught it before his stomach actually twisted. This was one of the scariest things I've ever gone through. Had we not failed the trial, I would have come home to a dead dog the next day. I'm now contemplating the preventive surgery because I'm scared to death it's going to happen again, and I won't catch it in time or I won't be home. He was acting completely normal and was jumping around and everything when I got home, but he was very distended and his stomach was rock hard. I know about bloat from watching emergency vets on animal planet when I was younger, so I wasn't messing around. It's something I am very cautious about and always have in the back of my mind when working them. I've never been so happy that my dog failed a field trial as I was sitting at the vet that night. She saved his life

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    Chris, maybe you can make this a sticky for future readers?
    God bless!- Jamee

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    Any idea what caused your case of the bloat?
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    Thank you for taking the time to share this with us.

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