One of our trainees didn't eat and seemed to be in discomfort. I played it safe and took him straight to the emergency vet. X-ray showed urgent need for surgery so they went in. They found various displacements with a twist in the colon. By the time they were finished the color everywhere was "pretty good." The surgeon has only seen this once before, and that other dog was euthanized on the table. He checked online--I imagine a board like this, for emergency surgeons--and most cases his colleagues knew also died on the table.
Our dog is alive so far. He'll be on bland diet and stool softeners, plus antibiotics and pain meds. We're concerned about tissue damage and possible need for a second surgery.
But so far the vets here haven't turned up much information. Has anyone here dealt with this? Any ideas as to risk factors, likelihood of recurrence, or even prognosis for a dog whose color was "pretty good" (but with some dark streaks)? Would appreciate hearing of any experiences.
Stuff that might or might not matter: dog is very lean, probably because of excessive activity and jumping in his run; dog was at the vet for shots in the afternoon and acted uncomfortable, so we had him examined. At that time his abdomen was soft and he was not apprehensive. Temperature, heart, respiration, gum color, all were normal.
Thanks for any input & experiences.