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  1. Chris, she had antibiotics after the surgery, but has been off them for a bit now. She's pretty subdued, today. But, she ate some breakfast, and suddenly became normal when I did "tricks for treats" with Pogo, leaping off the couch to join in.
  2. Vet says, possible concern of infection (even this late: 14 days post-surgery), so keep an eye on temps. Meanwhile, extra stomach meds, watch for lethargy, distention, and wait for her to heal from this life-threatening experience. Not easy. I just want her to be FINE, already. I know you all understand! Thank you for the good thoughts!!! <3
  3. Katie is back at the vet this afternoon. She's just not right. Still acting bloat-y. Please keep her in your thoughts, if you can.
  4. Susan, I'm so sorry about your lab. I know that feeling. seeh2o, thanks. Yes, that's what my vets said, too (soak kibble, several meals). At least 3 meals a day, at least for awhile. She's still on 4 or so, depending on how much she eats at each. Diane, I was just looking back at Wabi's history, and remembering that she had an epulis on her lower jaw that we risked anesthesia (she had arrested during her spay surgery, so more than usual fears for her!) to have biopsied. She survived that, but bloated like 5 days later, and boom! Gone. Fits with the stress model, perhaps.
  5. Chris, thanks. I *think* maybe it's just that we're controlling her intake, so it's all going in at once, and coming out the same way. Brandieandwe, LOL! We're on the same trail, here. I did try the blending, and that helped a bit. Got her to eat some, as long as it contained a fair percentage of canned food. I used an immersion blender. Poor hubby keeps harking back to the old days, when a pet lived, got sick, and died, with very little intervention one way or another. Heh! Well, that may be good enough for me and him, but NOT for our PETS!
  6. This is good background to help us decide how to proceed with Katie. I really appreciate all this input! She's still being super picky, but I'm hoping her normal appetite will re-assert itself before too long. *crossing fingers!* Other than that, she's quite perky! Did any of your bloat survivors seem less able to hold their potty needs as well, following surgery?
  7. Thanks for these very helpful replies! More below ... Poor Danes! What a mess they can be, huh? The ones I've met have all been really neat dogs, too. I'm so glad your puppy lived on to such a ripe old age! You mention personality. Katie is rather a nervous bird. She's worlds better than when we first got her, but she will revert to a fearful place if she gets confused or startled by ... whatever confuses or startles her. She recovers more quickly, but still, a nervous nelly. She had had a quiet day, but she had been having an upset tummy on and off for weeks. I'm really thinking
  8. Katie survived emergency bloat surgery 11 days ago. Yeay! That's a whole saga, of course. But, to the present issue. What to feed her?? We fed her canned ID (prescription) food for several days, and have been trying to transition her to a more normal diet. Whatever that's going to be. I'm probably screwing her up by trying too many different things, but she's not eating enough, and I'm concerned about her losing more weight. The vets said that any kibble would forever after have to be soaked before feeding. That makes sense: get the swelling out of the way before it goes in
  9. Doggie CPR – It Can Save a Life Yikes. This is the kind of thing you don't want to have to learn in an emergency, eh?
  10. How fun to see you working with the agility stuff, and the little steps you use to build up to the spectacular stuff! Dudley doesn't look too out of control to me ... but maybe I'm comparing it to Pogo (aptly named!) My two remaining pups each have their challenges, and training in our homestyle way has really made a big difference for both of them. Pogo is the most tightly wound greyhound I've met, reactive to just about everything either by freaking out or becoming dog-aggressive. He's now 8 years old, and we've worked through almost all of his dog aggression issues, on- and of
  11. I know how scary and worrisome this can be. Our situation was a little different (they're all a little different, right?), but what we found that helped was going back to basics for everyone: NILIF (cheerful, not punitive!), lots of positive feedback for peaceful interactions, basic obedience or less basic if they've already got that under control, and management. When our guys got bitey-face, we settled them back down with re-direction and reward. We were teaching them that there are limits, that we set them, and that it's good for everyone when we all live within those limits. The under-
  12. Sending loads of smooth-surgery and miraculously-fast-healing chants Henry's way!!
  13. Thank you all for sharing with me. Hugs to you all!
  14. I'm down to 2 dogs. One cat. It's almost numbing, the cumulative grief and sense of loss. Brilly, my first greyhound, my blonde bombshell, my old gentleman, was taken by osteo recently, like so many of our greyhounds, in a week. Wabi was swept away by bloat in a matter of hours. Happy was ground down by a hard life and digestive dysfunction over years. Two of my old kitties lived their lives with me, through thick and thin, and are now gone. Before that, there were others, down through the years. You know what I mean. It adds up. It never gets easier with repetition. But, I don't
  15. Sending good thoughts! My own Pogo had a growth on his cornea (the white at the outside corner of his eye). It was removed, sent to pathology, and found to be hemangiosarcoma. That was at least a year and a half ago (my memory is horrible!), with no return. Hopefully, whatever it is on your kid is NOT cancerous!! Good for you getting it checked immediately!
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