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Old 11-08-2007, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Gainesboro, Tennessee
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Some of you maybe remember my post on my animals. Well, last Friday late night I noticed our Max wasn't feeling good. His belly was starting to swell. I immediately called our vet and took him in on an emergency visit. It wasn't good news. Max's Spleen had ruptured causing excessive gas to raise his belly. That wasn't the end of it. The gas caused his stomach to flip.

Immediate emergency surgery! Now for the good news. Max went thru surgery just fine. The Doc called at 3:30 am. His heart is still a bit fast but he's on medication for 1 more week. He's on a bland diet and 3 meds. But he's alive and getting stronger each day! Then his check up. is next week.

Now the 1500.00 bill. It's worth every penny. We have our Max.
The first two pics are of him happy and healthy. The last is while he was sick last Friday. I will get more tonight so you can see my beautiful boy all happy again. Click on the pic and it will take you to his album.

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Old 11-08-2007, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Wow! Lucky dog!

How did his spleen rupture? Did he fall or something?

How scary....glad he's okay!
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Old 11-09-2007, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Loss Wages
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I have heard that in other dogs. My friend's shepard did something like that about flipping the stomach. CAn be deathly.
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Old 11-10-2007, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Gainesboro, Tennessee
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Wow! Lucky dog!

How did his spleen rupture? Did he fall or something?

How scary....glad he's okay!
Hi, Not quite sure. The vet says it happens in large breed dogs. And Max is an older large breed dog. It could happen just by going up or down steps, playing. Anything can cause it.

Update is. He is eating good. Put on a little weight he needed and he loves me to gently rub the anti itch cream on his stitches.
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Old 11-11-2007, 01:04 AM
 
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When large breed dogs are given a whole days food at once or eat their food very quickly they can get this. Excess gas forms and their stomach twists or flips around and cases them horrible pai and certain death if they do not have emergency surgery. My neighbor used to feed his 2 big dogs once a day. One got this and had emergency surgery and was ok (it can happen more than once). His other dog 2 years later had the same thing happen but he was at work and didn't know and he was dead by the time he got home, sad.
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Old 11-11-2007, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Gainesboro, Tennessee
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Hi, Thank you for replying. It wasn't the case with Max tho. He has access to his food bowl 24/7. He eats when he wants. Recommended by his vet so he doesn't eat large amounts at once.

He is to say the least an ACTIVE big, old dog. He bounces a lot. So in order to curb his excitement we have to keep him as unbounced as possible. We hand walk him and he is in my daughters room to keep him as contained as possible. He doesn't realize how old he is.

Right now after surgery. He has access to his dog food. 3 times a day he gets a cup of cooked food with his meds. Boiled chicken with rice. No spice and no fats.
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Old 11-11-2007, 10:38 PM
 
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gonna be hard to go back to regular food
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Old 11-12-2007, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Gainesboro, Tennessee
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Tell me about it. Lissie takes him out potty and he comes in. He heads straight for the kitchen. I have some boiled chicken bites for his snacks.
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Old 11-12-2007, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Dandridge, tn
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So glad to hear he's better....what a doll baby he is.
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Old 11-12-2007, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, VA
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WOW what a story!!! So glad your baby is doing much better!!! I cant imagine how scary was for that to happen...and then just as scary getting that vet bill!
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