Saturday, April 21, 2012

POTP for Hero the Sharpei (emergency surgery for bloat)

A few days ago, Hero, the Sharpei almost lost his life to bloat. Luckily, his family recognized the signs and rushed him to the hospital where he had emergency surgery. He seems to be recovering, but is still a bit fragile.

Bloat is a horrible, life threatening condition and quick action is required. The symptoms of bloat are restlessness, pacing, salivation, retching, unproductive attempts to vomit, enlarged and painful abdomen. If you even suspect bloat, get your dog to the emergency room. Better safe than sorry (yeah, Mango has been to the ER for suspected bloat which turned out just to be gas and after some mighty farting he felt better, but I don't regret taking a conservative approach).

Visit his post here to wish him well.

Mango Momma

P.S. Try to limit the risk of bloat by not letting your dogs engage in vigorous activity for at least an hour before and after eating. Large chested breeds are more prone to bloat (like both my boys). But be aware that even if you do everything right, it can still happen.


Priscilla said...

It was a really scary experience for Hero and his family, and thank goodness that he is on the mend now. Paws are crossed for him all the time.

Mitch said...

Mom and dad know all about bloat. They lost their St Bernard, Murphy to this dreaded condition. Lots of AireZen is headed Hero's way.

Love ya lots,

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We saw the news about Hero yesterday. We hope he is going to fully recover. Our human brother-in-law's parents lost their sweet lab Haley to a second round of bloat. She had surgery after the first bout and was doing well. The second time was fast, furious, and sadly fatal. She died before they had a chance to work on her. Great information for all dog owners to know about.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Oskar said...

Thanks for filling us in. We are off to wish him well!

Nubbin wiggles,

Asta said...

Poow Hewo
Thank dog his pawents knew all that infowmation..i hope the Mango nevew twies to dance wight befowe ow aftew meals..I'm off to visit Hewo
Pleez stay safe my sweet fwiends
Thank yoo fow telling us
Smoochie kisses

scotsmad said...

That's scary. We didn't know anything about bloat in dogs. We'll be careful.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

The Boston Lady said...

We had a German Shepherd that this happened to. Fortunately we were able to get him to the vet, but it was most traumatic for all involved. Glad Hero's folks were on the ball for it and that you described very accurately the symptoms and how it can be avoided. Ann TBL

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

We had not heard about Hero's scare and are off to wish him a speedy recovery. Mama has personally lost three Danes to bloat and has had other Dane losses in the family. It is a terrifying condition.

Jed & Abby

Lorenza said...

My paws are crossed for Hero.
I hope he will be fully recovered soon!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Two French Bulldogs said...

we heard that bloat is so scary and horrible. Thank goodness you had gasers Mango
Benny & Lily

A Wonderful Dogs Life said...

We have to wait one hour after eating to have any water, wait one hour after activity before eating. We eat and drink from raised bowls too. We try to be careful.

Hero - hope you are feeling better soon. Take it easy and enjoy the pampering. The peeps like to indulge us when we're healing.


chicamom85 said...

Mango, thank you for the information on bloat. My Mommy has honestly never heard of it. I am sorry that Hero was so sick, we will go visit him now. I am also glad that your tummy ache turned out to be remedied by excessive toots and nothing more serious. I have to imagine that Dexter wasn't too happy about your "outcome" so to speak.

Loveys Sasha

Bouncing Bertie said...

Thanks for the information on bloat. I was not previously aware of this dangerous condition. Bertie is the opposite of large chested, but still it's good to be aware of these things.
I do hope Hero is recovering well.
Cheers, Gail.

violett said...

All the best for Hero. He will recover quickly.
My predecessor here, a German shepherd dog had 9 years with bloat. Mom has it and immediately realized he was saved by an operation. The stomach was sutured and the spleen removed. He then spent three happy years yet.
It was not just the food, but great excitement and joy. Mom and Dad came at night after 8 hours back home.
Lots of love

Kathy from DoubleNickelsandBeyond said...

Thanks for posting this. I'll surely keep this in mind if ever I see these symptoms. I do hope Hero makes a full recovery.

Bassetmomma said...

Great post! Bassets are also prone to bloat. I soak Fred and Gloria's kibble a bit before feeding to help eliminate so much swelling in the stomach. Thank goodness Hero's parents got him in in time! :) Have a Happy Earth Day!

Anonymous said...

Oh crap. Something else to worry about.

Thanks (NOT!) for the link to the "why clowns are scary" list. I'm pretty sure a retest would now have me in the severely impaired category.

jen said...

Such an important topic! Bloat is one of my worst fears with the Newfs!

I am glad that your friend made it through!