Whenever I have canine patient walk (or be carried) in for evaluation of a suspected Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV= “bloat”), I always have great sympathy for both the dog and owner.
GDV an incredibly uncomfortable, life threatening abnormality that requires and emergency surgical correction. The postoperative period always requires intensive care monitoring over a series of days and there are often complications involving multiple organ systems (heart, gastrointestinal tract, etc).
Very recently, a patient of mine, Nike, had to undergo surgery to correct a GDV. Nike is a senior German Shepherd Dog who has survived a traumatic intervertebral disc rupture and surgery on her back in her formative years. Nike has compromised mobility, but she is able to ambulate well enough to take frequent walks with her human mother and caretakers.
She definitely a survivor and shows remarkable determination to recover from the variety of adverse conditions she has faced.
Please wish Nike in her recovery process. Those that care for her also could use your good thoughts, so please send them out to the forces of nature that look after our pets.
Dr. Patrick Mahaney
California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness (CPAW), Inc.