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Old December 5th, 2012, 06:35 PM
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A sad day :(

I never posted here much, but have followed the site. and sadly, today we lost our Lucy. She was a red pure bred doberman pincher, 8 yrs old, and with more personality than a lot of people I know. One of the reason I wanted to post this was to warn others. We lost Lucy to bloat and (i believe) twisted stomach. I'm still shocked at how fast it happened, and how quickly we lost her. at 6 PM, as we do every day, we fed her and our other dog their usual food and quantity of it. later in the evening she was acting like she was a little sick, but showed no signs that she would be dead in less than 7 hours. When I got up for work at 4 am and saw her I knew something was seriously wrong. her stomach had bloated up to the point where she could barely walk. we of course called the nearest emergency clinic to bring her in but unfortunately we lost her before we could even get her in the car. It was a life that ended far sooner than it should have, and in one fail swoop I lost my dog best friend, and most loyal companion all at once.

In closing, I've done a bit of reading on this and have found it's far more common then I ever knew. Be aware of it, the signs, symptoms and emergency treatment needed to save your dog. when it happens, you can literally be looking at a window of only a few hours to save your dog, and window that closed for me before I could do anything.

Most of what is believed to cause or prevent this condition is anecdotal and there is very little hard fact. but because it's digestive related, and probably tied to eating, it most often strikes in the middle of the night, as it did to me.

don't let this happen to you.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 06:39 PM
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I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 07:11 PM
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I am sorry to hear of lost of your dog. I had a Standard Poodle and knew dogs with barrel chest could get bloat and for this reason I fed my dog small meals .
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Old December 5th, 2012, 07:15 PM
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Im so sorry to hear for your loss.
R.I.P Lucy
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Old December 5th, 2012, 07:16 PM
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I'm so sorry for your loss. Lucy was absolutely beautiful.

Owning 2 Danes, I know all too well the horrors of bloat. It's one of my biggest fears. I wish we knew more about the root cause of it
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Old December 5th, 2012, 07:21 PM
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I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Lucy. They are the light of our lives and it's never easy. She will wait for you at the bridge knowing you loved her always.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 08:50 PM
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I'm so sorry for your loss. Lucy was absolutely beautiful.

Owning 2 Danes, I know all too well the horrors of bloat. It's one of my biggest fears. I wish we knew more about the root cause of it
When I got my hearing dog ,a Standard Poodle I was told this breed get bloat and to be sure to give him small meals.


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Old December 6th, 2012, 12:14 AM
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I'm so sorry for your loss of the lovely Lucy, stevenf. My heart aches for you.
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Old December 6th, 2012, 04:57 AM
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When I got my hearing dog ,a Standard Poodle I was told this breed get bloat and to be sure to give him small meals.


http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...-pet-dogs.aspx
The truth of the matter, no one knows for sure what causes bloat - there is lots of speculation - stress, food, meal sizes, exercising after meals, water intake, raised feeders, and even genetics. All we can do is educate ourselves and do what we think is best by our dogs.
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I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Lucy.
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