Bruce is a five-year-old Great Dane. His Pet parent is Hannah Member Donna Heimbuch.
About a month ago he got dog bloat, and Hannah provided life-saving emergency surgery and aftercare for her regular monthly fee.
Bloat happens when a dog’s stomach fills with gas, food or fluid, causing it to expand and put painful pressure on other organs. Bloat is a serious, potentially fatal, condition.
This is Bruce’s story, in Donna’s own words. We’ve also included some advice on how to protect your own Pet. If you suspect your dog has bloat, please contact Hannah immediately: 360-816-8000
Bruce Gets Bloat
“As pets will be drinking more water in this heat, I wanted to share what happened to Bruce. I’ve always elevated his food for fear of bloat, so his water was always next to it. I didn’t realize that water is just as big a culprit as food.
Bruce was really excited and drinking quickly at his elevated dish. Literally within minutes his stomach started getting tight, kind of like a balloon that had too much air. His posture started changing, it was contorting. I still didn’t think bloat because he hadn’t been eating.
For the next 20 minutes or so he tried to throw up. He had more body contortions—and that is when I realized it had to be bloat. His gums were already turning grey. I drove him to the vet and they operated on him.”
Shout out to Hannah the Pet Society!
“This is where Hannah comes in. Without them I would have had to say “no” to the surgery for Bruce. There is no way I could have afforded the surgery and aftercare. (Bloat surgery can cost between $2,000-$4,000.)
As I look at this goofy guy and enjoy each day with him, I remember sitting in the waiting room, feeling afraid and wondering if he would make it.
I’m so grateful to Hannah Society! Thank you for saving Bruce!
Also a big shout out to St. Francis Emergency Hospital whose staff of doctors and nurses got us right in and took care of the Brumeister. The team effort between the two hospitals was truly amazing.”
What’s behind dog bloat?
It’s a scary scene: Not long after eating, sometimes followed by rambunctious play, your dog’s stomach begins to swell. Pretty soon he (or she) is
• Pacing or acting restless
• Trying to vomit—with no success
As Donna can attest to, the symptoms rapidly worsen. Your dog might experience
• Pale gums
• Rapid heartbeat
• Shortness of breath
• Overall weakness or fatigue
Bloat usually comes on quickly, is extremely painful, and does not resolve on its own. If you see any of these symptoms, call us at Hannah! 360-816-8000
What causes dog bloat?
Bloat can be caused by a variety of reasons:
• Eating from a raised food bowl
• Having one large meal a day
• Eating too quickly
• Running or playing immediately after feeding
• Eating or drinking too much
While any dog can get bloat, it is much more common in deep-chested, large breed dogs like Akitas, Boxers, Basset Hounds, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Gordon and Irish Setters, Weimaraners, and St. Bernard’s.
If you think your dog has bloat, or is having any of these symptoms, please call us! 360-816-8000.
Hannah the Pet Society provides an all-inclusive Pet care package called Total Lifetime Care, which covers all veterinary care (including prevention, vaccinations, dental care, surgeries, emergencies, medications, spay/neutering, etc.), behavioral training and food delivered right to your door. To learn more about Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, or to talk to one of our Pet Counselors about finding the perfect Pet for you, please visit us at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.