5 year old German Shepherd ‘Jay’ wins Pet of the Month!
Jay is a five year old German Shepherd who is usually full of energy. However, one day in June, his owner noticed him behaving strangely in the garden with stomach problems. “I watched him for a bit, in obvious discomfort, trying to be sick and salivating, and then realised he was blowing up like a balloon” Mr Krautman explained. “We had seen this once before in a dog we had years ago and immediately knew we need to get him to the vet.”
Jay was brought in as an emergency, he had collapsed at home with a distended abdomen following non-productive vomiting. Kris, one of our vets (seen left performing a keyhole surgery) examined him and having spoken with Mr Krautman was immediately concerned about the possibility of a gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV).
Emergency treatment was started including fluid therapy to stabilise Jay. Pain relief was given whilst diagnostic tests and monitoring were carried out. X-rays showed that Jay’s stomach was filled with gas and a twist was present, confirming their concerns of a GDV, a life threatening condition requiring emergency surgery.
IV fluids were continued and Jay was anaesthetised and prepared for surgery. The operation involved untwisting the stomach and removing the stomach contents via a tube. The stomach was flushed and examined prior to performing a gastropexy procedure which reduces the chance of recurrence of the condition.
Very close monitoring was required while Jay recovered from his anaesthetic and surgery, but Jay recovered well and was allowed home after 24 hours.
Mr Krautman was delighted to have Jay back home and be able to start working on building him up to recover muscle tone that he had lost. “Now Jay is back to his old self again, doing agility and running around as if nothing has happened. We are so relieved – it was 50:50 that he’d survive at one point.”
GDV is a condition more likely to occur in larger deep chested dogs. As this condition requires quick emergency treatment, owner awareness is important. We can offer owners of high risk dogs, the opportunity to have a preventative procedure carried out. This can be achieved by keyhole surgery and be performed at the same time as keyhole spaying if that is being carried out. Please contact us if you have any queries or would like more information.
Sian Holman, nurse at Quantock Veterinary Hospital explained why Jay had been chosen as Pet of the Month “After all he’d been through, Jay remained bright and cheerful and always gentle with the staff. He became quite a favourite during his stay!”