Me – Approximately 1 Year ago (Caution – Graphic Pictures)

Hi Everyone,

Mom wanted to do a post about what happened to me approximately 1 year ago.  It happened on March 4, 2009…it was not a good night.  That was the night I bloated with torsion.  Those of you with Great Danes and other large chested breeds of dogs know what this is all about.  It’s a horrible, horrible thing and I hope none of you ever have to experience it. 

Nobody is really for certain why we bloat (there are all sorts of theories).  I just want to share what happened to me so maybe I can help someone else recognize the signs of bloat if it happens to them.  I’m sure some dogs are different but this is just my experience. 

The day I bloated, mom came home from work as usual, we went for a little walk (no playing around).  Then I just hung out in the house with nothing exciting happening.  Later on mom fed me my dinner (I eat kibble by the way from a raised feeder) which I ate then I went to my room to rest after eating for about an hour.   After that hour I came out of my room and this is where mom thinks something went terribly wrong.  My room is upstairs and I have to come down 2 flights of stairs that twist.  Well that night I decided to come flying down the stairs like a maniac (which I am never encouraged to do).  Mom was already in her jammies sitting in the chair eating something  and I came by her to see what she was eating then I went and laid down in a spot that I don’t normally lay.  Mom thought this was odd but continued on eating.  When she was finished she called me over to come and lay on my bed and that’s when mom noticed I was really drooling like crazy (and those of you who know me I’m a dainty dane and I don’t drool that much). 

Mom  mom got very concerned at that point.  She had me lay down and at first she thought maybe I had hurt my leg or something from flying down the stairs and she felt all over my body to see if I would yipe or anything and nope nothing hurt me.  My tummy was still fine at this time but the drooling had mom keeping a watchful eye on me.  Dad came home shortly after this point and normally I would go to greet dad as he opens the door to the house, this day I did not.  Dad yelled for me and mom yelled…I think Kasha is ill and may be bloating.  At this point I got up from my bed and now mom noticed my tummy had expanded…then I started this horrible kind of throwing up sound (but not the normal dog throw up sound, more like wretching).  It was a sound mom will never forget…but nothing was coming up.  Mom was in her jammies already, threw on a coat and slippers and away we went to the Emergency Vet.  Daddy drove and mom was in the back of the truck trying to comfort me during the drive to the ER Vet.  Now our ER vet is only about 5 minutes from our house but mom said it seemed like forever getting there. She kept telling daddy to drive faster.  Well we made and I was still able to walk and they brought me in right away for x-rays and a very nice Vet (Dr. Fox) came out and told mom and dad that yes it was bloat with torsion.  Those of you that don’t know it’s the Torsion part that kills us doggies quite quickly.  Not only does your tummy bloat but then in turns and twists all up cutting off the vital organs which leads to death.  The vet told mom and dad they could operate and/or put me to sleep….I sure am glad they decided to operate.  I don’t know if emergency vets are the same everywhere or not but here they make you pay first so if they operate and you don’t make it through the surgery then at least they collect their money.  They give you an estimate of how much it will cost for the operation but they estimate on the high end, you pay then if you paid too much in the end, they refund your money.  It seems kind of mean but it’s a business.   So they went ahead with the surgery that night it was probably around 8pm at this point.  Mom and dad left me with the vets and went home since there was nothing else they could do that night.  The vet dr. called mom and dad about 11:30pm that night and said that I had survived the surgery…YIPPEE for me and that they could come and see me later the next day. 

WARNING:  There are some graphic pictures below so don’t go any further if that kind of stuff bothers you.

This is me the day after my surgery…I know I am not looking too good here.

Another day after surgery picture…I’m stoned here.

Me when I came home…I wasn’t into eating unless mom fed me by hand.  They had to keep me inactive so you can see they moved my crate into the dining room to keep me quiet and still.  

Here’s a close up of my bruised and stapled up belly.  Mom counted the staples, she said I had 52 of them…WOW that’s a lot of staples.

Here I am again…I didn’t have to wear a cone-head since I know “leave it” and someone was with me all the time so I knew to leave my ouchie alone. I did end up getting an infection but that cleared up.

This is my belly approximately 27 days after I had surgery..looks pretty good eh?  It took a very long time for my hair to grow back.  Mom was amazed at how long it took especially since I don’t have that much hair to begin with.

This is my underbelly this past Dec. 2009.

Here I am all better and happy that my surgery went well and that mom and dad caught it in time.  Most of you know that I was a rescue dane and now I can say that I was a very, very expensive rescue dane. 

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

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12 responses to “Me – Approximately 1 Year ago (Caution – Graphic Pictures)

  1. Hi Kasha,

    That was a life threatening moment there and I’m so glad it ended well. Bloating is a serious condition in large breed. Oh, I can’t imagine those anxious wait for mom and dad. It’s always good to have experience vet nearby in case of such ER… the wound healed well I must say. Thanks for sharing the story with us.

    Licks, hero

  2. OMD Kasha, that is really a BIG owie!!! Yikes!!! We are SO happy your hoomans desided to let you have the surgery. Your very lucky to have such devoted and loving hoomans! We’re happy that your owie healed up so well too. I love laying on my back also, so unlady like but I just love it!

    PLEASE come to my blog and get your Award! You are such a wonderful friend and the award is waiting for you!

    Hugs and Kisses my Friend, Tessa

  3. Mango

    My momma worries about the bloat all the time. That is so scary because all it took was one false move and bang! Our emergency vet is about a 20 minute drive, but at least we have one, right?

    I am so glad that you survived because many doggies do not. Also that you educated us. I eat mostly kibbles out of a raised bowl and momma always waits at least an hour before we do any exercise. But sometimes when I am out doing my post dinner potty I try to play with PeeWee and she FREAKS and runs out and says, “oh no, Mango, you have to digest!”

    I also have to remind her that PeeWee is actually a “big” doggie and she needs to watch him too.

    Slobbers,
    Mango

  4. Kasha, I’m so glad you have a good Mommy & Daddy that know the signs and helped you quickly. My momma always is nervous about bloat and is always listening to my belly to make sure it’s making those gurgling digestive noises. I always burp after my meals and if I don’t Momma rubs my chest and then I burp big time. She doesn’t know if will help but all gas that comes out is good. The major reason I have insurance is the scary bloat. Our ER vet is 45 minutes away, but like Mango said at least we have one.

    woof – Tucker

  5. Hi Kasaha,

    Thanks for such a great informative post – I’m sure it will help a lot of doggies and their humans out there!

    That was a really scary story – my heart was in my mouth reading it! You’re so lucky to have such caring and attentive humans who knew you so well and immediately noticed that something was wrong. And thank goodness you survived the surgery and came through OK!

    (Although I did think the emergency vets had a very cold attitude – they would never do that back in NZ! They would do the operation first and worry about things like money later. But I think here like Australia, it’s much more commercial like America and they would always check money stuff first before doing anything – which is horrible when it is an emergency and your humans are just so worried about you – to be dealing with stuff like that! )

    My humans worry about bloat too because I’m a Dane and also because my mummy actually died from bloat complications at the age of 7 – I hope it’s not something that runs in families! Although we have read lots of things that say dogs on raw diet are less at risk of bloat because they don’t have a lot of grain in their diet that produce gas when digested, plus you can’t really gulp your food down fast in the raw diet (well, the proper raw meaty bones one) – it takes you a while to chew through the raw meaty bones properly! 🙂

    Anyway, so glad you are all recovered now!

    Slobbers,
    Honey the Great Dane

  6. Wow what a horrifying story! So glad that you guys were there when it happened and have a vet so close by.

  7. BARK! What a scary story. My brother Max had a bloat surgery before he came to live with us. He still had a stitch in his belly to prove it. So mommy is always real careful to make sure I rest before and after eating. She has the blot symptons printed in red, tacked in plain sight to read of she ever gets worried and unsure. Lately I have wanted to play with my toss toy after eating, and mommy has to remind daddy…”NO!”. So we have to wait and play later.
    BARK! Sasha the Princess

  8. Kasha – I’m so glad your parents decided to go ahead! I know that in Germany they “fix” the tummy after it happened so it cant happen again… Lucky me that I’m a small dog so it is not such a big issue for me but my hoomans are still careful not to let me eat before we go to the park etc. …
    So what happens in the US if your hoomans don’t have their credit cards with them or no cash because the rushed into the vets?! Do they say “no” then?!?!? That would be so cruel!!!
    Slobbers Teal’c

  9. Hey Kasha,

    Well, I looked for your Mom’s email and didn’t find one so I will leave my message for her here. I wanted her to know about FreshPet dog food offering Free samples, (4 huge 2# chub packs) of refrigerated food. If you can’t come to my blog check out this blog if you would like to try some great free food.

    http://freshpetfood.blogspot.com/2010/03/have-blog-want-to-try-vital-for-free.html

    Hope you post soon, we miss you.

    Hugs, Tessa

  10. Lucille

    Really a scary post Kasha….
    If I think how many times I run like a silly crazy dog… I am a great dane as well so I need to be more careful… thanks for the post, it really helps us dane doggies… I am really happy you came out all right, well done!!! bau bau kisses, Lucille

  11. What a terrible story, but it turned out okay! The pictures are very sad.
    I just found your blog, and absolutely love this girl. Awesome markings! If you don’t mind I will add your blog link to my website. Just let me know if you would prefer I delete it.
    Thanks!

    • HI Paula,

      Sorry I didn’t respond sooner, just been really busy at work and when I get home don’t feel like going on the computer. You have a beautiful dane there. I’ll be going out there and reading all about your Savage.

      Denise & Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

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