About Susan Ostroski

A fifty something puppy mom living in California.

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 http://pets.webmd.com – 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

More from UC Davis

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.




Couch Potato

20160615_155548So Riley will go to the couch and if there is a basket on the couch he thinks bummer not allowed on the couch today…


ottoman potato


Not my first choice, but it works.



Next day no basket, cool I’m allowed today

Great Dane Couch PotatoI come in the room, Riley doesn’t look like he is really allowed on the couch.

Couch Potato

I leave and return about 15 minutes later…

New levels in couch comfort.


more confort on the couch

And more comfy moments.


All because puppy mom didn’t put the basket on the couch


K9 Nose Work – Odor Recognition Test (ORT)

So for a year and a half now Riley and I have been doing K9 nose work training the class has started to talk about doing trials so we all signed up for the first test, the ORT.  To participate in k9 nose work trials you must pass 3 odor recognition test.  The reason for the test is to verify that the dogs know the odors (birch, anise, & clove) used in K9 nose work competition. The test consists of 12 boxes on the floor with one containing the odor, the test is blind, the human does not know which box contains the odor, so you work with your dog to find it together.

On May 9th we participated in odor recognition tests at a facility in Escalon Ca.   I wasn’t sure he was ready because he doesn’t have a strong tell, meaning he doesn’t tell me when he finds the odor, sometimes he just moves on, ugh.  We have been working on his tell, but it seems that we need more work :).  I thought about postponing his trial but I’m glad I didn’t…

The first test was funny, Riley was so distracted by the testing area, he pranced around ignoring the boxes, “lets to here mom”, “no wait lets go over there”…  To my surprise he passed birch, pretty much one only box his lingered he lingered on twice so I called “alert”.

The second & third tests he was more focused but I read him wrong, in both cases I alerted to the box next to the box with odor, bummer.  We have work to do!

The nice thing about the ORT is that even if your dog doesn’t get it right he still gets cookies at the correct box, win win for the pup!

K9 nose work tired pup

The great thing about the day is Riley and I had fun and he was completely conked out at the end of the day.

Tired Pubby


The good thing is we passed birch so we can start NW1 trails if we want!

Daily Zoomies

Great Danes go zoom, Abby our first Dane started doing what we called the daily steeplechase.  She would zoom from room to room, jumping over anything in her way, it was event.  Riley has his daily zoomies in our bedroom!  It is truly amazing how Danes can turn on a dime.  Running Great Danes are magnificent, but be sure to be out of the way!


Out and about boy…


morgan hill dog park

Riley and Carrie out at the Morgan Hill dog park after a training session…  A few months back Lindy & decided to brave the dog park and our pups had a GREAT time.



morgan hill dog park


Riley was a running fool…


morgan hill dog park



And then Riley had a snorkel in the dog bowl.


tired pup





Then Riley was really sleepy!





A few weeks back we went out to Las Positas Winery for a glass of wine out on the patio  Positas Winery Tourand the wine maker took us for a tour!


Riley in the tank room…


Las Positas Winery Tour

Riley in the barrel room with auntie Jan and winemaker Brent Amos.