Around 8am Monday morning our basset hound, Woody, woke us up clearly in distress. His stomach was distended/bloated, he had excessive drooling, and was attempting to throw up with no success.
Around 8am Monday morning our basset hound, Woody, woke us up clearly in distress. His stomach was distended/bloated, he had excessive drooling, and was attempting to throw up with no success. We immediately rushed him to the closest emergency vet clinic to us.
At the clinic, Woody's x-rays showed that he had Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), a life-threatening condition where the stomach flips and no gases can escape and blood flow is cut off. GDV can be fatal within minutes and we are very lucky that Woody survived the 1 hour drive to the vet clinic. Once we received diagnosis we were given two options - immediate emergency surgery or euthanasia. Woody's pre-op blood work and vital signs were good, meaning he had a good chance of surviving surgery. He immediately went into surgery where the vets fixed his stomach as well as performed a gastropexy (attachment of the stomach to the abdomenal wall) to prevent a GDV reccurence. Woody has been doing well post-surgery but had to spend a couple of days at the emergency clinic to monitor his vitals, sutures, and for complications from GDV/surgery. He had to stay a little longer than originally estimated because he has not been interested in eating and the clinic wanted to keep him there until he started. This afternoon we were able to bring him home despite him not eating yet in hopes that he will be more comfortable at home for his appetite to return. Our fingers are crossed that he will eat by tonight, otherwise we will need to return to the clinic.
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