LadyBailey Posted August 16, 2008 Share Posted August 16, 2008 (edited) As some of you know Bailey bloated last week and survived - thank god! Here's the thread Bailey Bloated I am posting this because I want to share with you what her signs were and what we were thinking at the time. I hope our experience helps you in identifying bloat as soon as possible and that you too have a good outcome like we did. Of course we have all read about bloat and we all probably freak when our greys going tearing off around the yard with a full belly.... or we wait hours until they stop panting to feed them. We probably all know the signs - trying to throw up, distended abdomen, looks like they swallowed a watermelon, pacing, panting the list goes on. And we all know the theories on why bloat happens, but of course there is really no rhyme or reason when it does happen. Tuesday was a completely ordinary day. Bailey was 100% her normal self. She was eating fine, drinking normally, playing, resting, sleeping soundly - completely normal. We feed two meals a day. Raw. Raised feeders. She didn't run at all that day. When I kissed her good night,(at 10:20pm) she was perfect. At 2:30am I heard walking. Then she settled, so I let her be. At 3:00 am, she's walking again. He tummy looked a little full, but not really any more than normal - as she was looking a little tubby the last few months - we were trying to get her to lose some weight. But one thing was for sure, she was uncomfortable. She would sit down and then get up right away. She also stuck to me like glue. She wanted to go outside, but didn't do anything. She looked nauseous so I thought she was going to throw up, but she wasn't retching. Then she burped and seemed to be fine. She was panting a lot. Settled for a few minutes and then I called for Tim because I thought - damn it (or other four letter word) I think we are dealing with bloat. Tim came down and Bailey actually jumped on the couch and was fine for about 10 minutes. Then got up and looked nauseous again - walking around like she was preparing to puke - but no retching - her tummy looked somewhat normal still. I actually had the pepto in my hand thinking of giving it to her. Then she sat down on the couch again and fell asleep for about 5 minutes. Tim said, well, let's go back to bed and if she's up again, we'll hear her. Just as he said that, she jumped off the couch and went to the back door. That is when she had her first retch... and off we whisked her to the e-vet. This started at 2:30 at home and by 4:00 the vet had a tube down her throat that was releasing massive amounts of gas. We were lucky because her tummy didn't go into torsion. If there was any advice that I would give after going through this it would be: if your dog is showing any signs even remotely close to what i have described - get them to the vet asap. $200 on xrays to see if they are bloated is way cheaper that emergency surgery and worth every penny if you can save them in time. And although she wasn't showing the text book signs she was bloating and had we waited for those textbook signs, it probably would have been too late. And here is a link to a great article about it written by a well-respected Deerhound breeder. I got this after our situation and boy does it sound exactly like we were going through. Bloat & Torsion Edited August 16, 2008 by LadyBailey Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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