My dog, which has made a guest appearance on this blog, decided to put me through the wringer last night.
She's been, apparently, jumping over the gate, into the cat room, eating all of the cat's food (and we have to leave a lot out for the cat or she won't eat it), and jumping back over. We all know cat food isn't good for dogs, but I would advise you to move your cat food now, if your dog can get at it! :)
Last night, I noticed my dear, dear dog acting lethargic and noticed that she wasn't interested in food, at all. She was also drinking huge amounts of water. She came over to me in the middle of the night to tell me she felt badly when I noticed that her ribcage and abdomen were distended. I tapped them and it sounded like a drum.
I don't think I've ever been so scared in my entire life. Having grown up with big dogs, bloat (GDVT) is one of my greatest fears, and this was a nightmare. There's a veterinary clinic that's regular operating hours are after hours of a regular vet's (I think this is the one time I've loved living in an urban/suburban area), so I called to let them know I had a bloating dog and was on my way over.
I gave her a bit of hydrogen peroxide, as recommended, and we headed out. Half way there, she threw up, and I don't think I've ever been so relieved. She'd thrown up nine times by the time we got to the vet's, and it was all cat food. She had eaten probably 5 cups of cat food. They did an x-ray, anyway, but she'd lost about 16" around by the time we'd gotten to the vet.
So, it's back to soaking her food. The cat food is placed out of her reach (and mostly out of mine), and I will be putting in a taller gate. She's pretty much back to her old self, but she'll probably be laying around and coughing (puking so much is pretty tough!) for a couple of days. My SD will be on vacation for a couple of days, but I'll managed. :)
Make sure to read your Merck and know the symptoms of bloat, if you've got a large dog! It could save your pup's life.
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