Dealing with bloat

Nov 2nd in the evening Riley began trying to vomit, it was like something was stuck in his throat.  All that was coming out was a white foam, we immediately got him to Bishop Ranch within an hour of symptoms.  He was diagnosed quickly, it was bloat.  Bloat, gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV)

From – Bloat, happens when a dog’s stomach fills with gas, food, or fluid, making it expand. The stomach puts pressure on other organs. It can cause dangerous problems, including:

  • No blood flow to his heart and stomach lining
  • A tear in the wall of his stomach
  • A harder time breathing

In some cases, the dog’s stomach will rotate or twist, a condition that vets call gastric dilatation volvulus. It traps blood in the stomach and blocks it from returning to the heart and other areas of the body. This can send your dog into shock.  More from that article

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The did surgery that evening, we were lucky, the the Dr Wong re-positioned the stomach it pinked right away the only casualty was Riley’s spleen.  The next morning I went for a visit, he looked better than I thought he would, we spent a couple of hours together, he napped, I read, it was good.

The ride home

The ride home

We returned in the evening to see if we could get him to eat, he had not shown any interest in food and couldn’t come home until he eat something.  He was fighting to stay awake for the ride home, most he was successful with that.

Fortunately we got him to eat some chicken & kibble so we got to take him home.





Inflatable Collar

He finished his dinner and has been showing interest and eating since we brought him home.  He will be on a bland diet for awhile and dealing with am inflatable collar (so much better that a cone, on a Dane it is a sight) at night and when he is alone.


Home and napping

Home and napping

The next week it’s important to keep him mostly resting and each day giving him a little more walks.  If we see improvement each day we know he is headed out of the woods.  He won’t be able to play for 2 to 3 weeks because Dr Wong redid his gastro plexi (tummy tack) because the first one failed, his stomach should not have twisted.  The way the tummy tack works is the surgeon will tack the stomach with a stitch (Dr Wong did 2) over the next few weeks scar tissue will form around the stitch tacking the stomach hopefully preventing the stomach from twisting if Riley would bloat again.




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