NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS - November 2019
When Alf got sick in August, I knew immediately what it was. Just about an hour away from an overnight emergency vet, and Alf was bloating! I won't lie. I drove fast and took chances and got Alf to the vet within 45 minutes. No more than half an hour after that, he was undergoing surgery for gdv (Gastric Dilation-Volvulus; the official name for bloat). His stomach had started twisting around his intestines, but the vet got them straightened out and looking pink and healthy again. After surgery, he was transferred to a 24 hour vet hospital another hour further away. He stayed there for 2 nights recovering. And boy were we happy to have him back home! He continued to make forward recovery steps with the exception of an appetite. I probably wouldn't have much of an appetite after that surgery either!
Alf started getting restless - in the evenings especially. But we had just moved into a new house, so we assumed he was just trying to find a new "perfect" place.
A couple days later, Alf was restless but was lying down on the floor. I got up to see how he was doing but he wouldn't respond to me. In fact, he wouldn't respond to anything. We finally got him on a blanket and got him into the car and to the vet (still unresponsive). He had a fever of 104! Our vet is fabulous! She did everything she could even though it was only 5:00am. She suggested IV antibiotics to bring down the fever and then we'd talk about how he was doing. Unfortunately, once the fever came down, Alf started having bloody, mucousy diarrhea. Keeping in mind he was still unresponsive to anything :-( Our vet called and said all the symptoms now pointed to him probably having a part of his bowel gone necrotic after the bloat surgery. The outlook was dim even if he survived another surgery so we did the hardest, but kindest, thing and let him go to the Rainbow Bridge.