|Barked: Fri Jan 11, '13 3:39am PST |
|hello, i'm new around here. i have 2 dogs; a retriever mix and a pit bull mix. My retriever mix, a female, developed full on bloat with Gastric Dilatation Volvulus about 2 weeks ago. I was home and saw that she was not acting right; trying to vomit but couldn't, panting heavily, wandering around and trying to lay down in different spots. Rushed her to the emergency vet late at night and an x-ray confirmed my worst fears, bloat AND a twisted stomach.
We went ahead with surgery and waited in the waiting room for nearly 2 hours... and she made it! She's a fighter. THey also did the gastropexy on her. She was home 24 hours later, and has surprised us with how well she is recovering. She's a miracle!!
THing is, i was given lots of instructions on how to care for here in the first month post-op. But what about beyond that? She is only 5 years old. I read that once GDV happens, it is even more likely to happen again. The gastropexy will most likely make it difficult for the stomach to turn again, but not impossible. And bloat alone can still happen.
But i'm not too worried about it happening again when i'm home with her... i know the signs and will bring her in. What i'm concerned about is when she and our other dog are home alone... pit mix is only 4, so young as well. That is A LOT more years to worry about the both of them in their lifetime...
Not only vacations where typically we have people just come feed them twice a day (fenced in yard so they have free range when alone), but also what about just errands on a normal day? 5 hours of errands... dog can die of GDV within that time period. I haven't found one thing on the internet thus far about how people deal with a dog post-GDV or susceptible to GDV in terms of when the dog has to be left alone. And i'm talking long after the dog has healed from surgery.
I'm afraid everytime i leave in the future i may come home to a dead dog. My pit mix, a male, when he was very young would get a minor case of bloat with distended stomach when he would eat too fast and he would cry, but it would go away on its own with a couple minutes. But because of that, it's always been something i've watched with him and he's eaten out of a brake-fast bowl ever since. And here it happens to my OTHER dog in it's worst form. I feel like i have 2 doggies i have to worry about until they live out their lives.
Anyways... sorry for rambling... i'm new at this, plus at just barely 2 weeks later my emotions are still running a little high. I just don't know how i'm going to manage this for the rest of her life, and the other pup's. I know people out there are away from their homes even more often than me due to a full time job, and i wonder what do you do to manage this with a post-GDV dog (after healed) or susceptible dog? Do most people never leave their dogs alone because of this? Or something else i'm not aware of? Other than the normal preventative measures of having them eat/drink slow, not exercise right after eating, etc. any advice would be appreciated.
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