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    ALERT TO A FATAL CAUSE OF A DOG'S LIFE
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    MYPALDEX posted:
    I HAD A HAPPY HEALTHY STANDARD DASCHUND. HIS NORMAL WEIGHT AROUND 30#. FOUR WEEKS AGO ON A SUNDAY DEXTER WENT UPSTAIRS HOPING TO FIND A LEFTOVER TIDBIT. NOT MUCH TIME LATER I HEARD HIM CRYING. LOOKED UP THE STAIRS, HE IS STANDING WITH HIS TUMMY THE SIZE OF A BASKETBALL. HE IS IN SEVERE PAIN....ALARMED I TOOK HIM OUTSIDE. TRIED TO DETERMINE HAD HE EATEN SOMETHING BAD. AFTER A SHORT WHILE HE IS SWAYING AND I CALL THE VET ER. BY THE TIME I GOT HIM TO VET HE WAS GOING INTO SHOCK...MY BUDDY HAD HAD HIS TUMMY TORQUE OVER CUTTING OFF DIGESTION, FLUIDS, ETC. CAUSE? THE VETS DO NOT KNOW. CURE? REALLY NOTHING. AND THE VET HAD NEVER SEEN THIS IN A DOXIE. IF, THIS HAPPENS, IT IS LIKELY TO AFFECT THE LARGER DOGS. WITH THIS IN MIND, OUR LARGE DOG IS TO HAVE NO EXERCISE ONE HOUR BEFORE OR AFTER EATING. SOMETIMES THE TUMMY IS EVEN RE-ROUTED AND HOOKED TO A RIB...STILL NO GUARANTEE.
    THIS LOSS HAS DEVASTATED OUR FAMILY. ESPECIALLY THE GRANDCHILDREN WITH WHOM HE "RAISED." DEXTER HAD TRAVELED WITH ME BACK AND FORTH ACROSS COUNTRY MANY TIMES....PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR VET AND POSSIBLE PREVENTION...IF NOTHING MORE THAN TO NEVER HAVE YOUR FRIEND SUFFER HORRIBLE PAIN. DEXTER DESERVED TO NOT SUFFER....A WONDERFUL ANIMAL, PET, FRIEND, BUDDY.
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    kristindenise20 responded:
    Bless his heart...I have 2 miniature dauchshunds. My oldest one (age 4) has had HGE 3 times in the last year. The vet keeps telling us they don't know what is causing it and they can't figure out why she keeps getting it. I'm beginning to wonder if it is something else that is wrong with her and they just haven't tested for it. Her belly doesn't swell, but it does get hard as a rock. It's painful to watch something happen to your babies knowing you can't do anything for them. I'm sorry for your loss. ='(
     
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    Annie_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Dear MYPALDEX,

    I'm sorry for the loss of your beloved Dexter. I wish that our pets would never get sick and that us pet owners would never feel grief over the loss of a beloved pet. You have my sympathies. Take care!

    - Annie
    There's nothing better than a warm fuzzy hug from your pet!
     
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    Home2strays replied to Annie_WebMD_Staff's response:
    it sounds like your dog had a GDV or "bloated" where for whatever reason the stomach twisted and then swells due to being twisted. its mostly large deepchested dogs that this happens to (one of my foster aussies also did this) if caught early enough surgery is performed, the dead sections removed, stomach tacked to the side of the abdomen so hopefully it dosnt happen again. im guessing since standard doxies are so deepchested that perhaps why his did that, though ive never seen it in a doxie (granted we dont get many standards tho) it does help the have the animal rest before and after eating so they are less likely to bloat but honestly, if its going to happen its going to happen. Ive seen one great dane that we tacked her stomack when we spayed her but shes bloated 3 times!


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