This page is dedicated
to the Memory of Chubbs, Our Forever Sherman in the hope
that it can help others
Chubbs - You'll be Forever Our Sherman
31.03.02 - 3.06.06
Life After GDV - Gastric
Dilation and Volvulus
I'll Never Be The Same Again........
Some of you
will read this article with tears and memories, some will be
unaware of the true severity of this condition, some will learn
from it, and sadly, some will disregard it with the opinion that
“it’ll never happen to me” but you need to stop and think,
because it can happen to you, it happened to us………………….
As a loving
caring dog owner and exhibitor for over 30 years I’ve always
been aware of this dreadful, cruel condition, and indeed have
always respected it for what it is, a killer, deep chested dogs
being more prone to this but it can actually affect almost all
who have never seen a dog with “bloat” I hope and pray that you
never do, I hope yours are never afflicted by this condition,
for I promise you it’s not a pretty sight, and it can and does
rock your world to the very core.
high in fact it’s the second highest killer of our K9
companions, the first being cancer, yet there is little known
about this condition and we MUST know more, we NEED to know
more, dogs have no voice of their own, we must be their voice.No one is completely sure why this happens, oh yes we
know the effects and we know why it might happen but we want to
know exactly what causes this, and we want to know exactly what
to do to protect our dogs.
Do we raise
feeders or don’t we???Do we moisten or soak kibbles???Do we add supplements and if so what ones and how
feed two, three or four times a day???Why don’t the manufacturers of dog foods put an awareness
on the packaging ie it is not advisable to feed your dog
directly after exercise and a resting time of 2 hours is
recommended after feeding???Gastric torsion is a condition of many variables, too
many variables, we simply need more accredited information and
we’re not getting it..
There are pages
of information to be found, some good, some not so good and some
totally contradictory, my advice is make sure you have a good
rapport with your vet, if the emergency surgery isn’t your
daytime surgery make sure you know where it is located, time
your route there in rush hour, if it’s over 30 minutes then look
for an alternative route and make sure you know it, just in
importantly, know your dog, know him well and should your dog
show any odd signs then get him to your surgery immediately, far
better I assure you to be told you’ve over reacted than to have
a dead dog!
Remember time is of the essence here, every second, yes every
second counts, you have no time to spare!!!
my dog I recognized something was very wrong when he woke in the
night at with the most dreadful of screams, he was on the
operating table by
.He fought for
life so very hard for 5 days, sadly losing the fight and the
battle for life, passing quietly in my arms, he was 4 years old.I shall forever be haunted by that scream and the cries
of excruciating agony, as we rushed him to our vet, I knew in my
heart we’d be very lucky to have him alive in the morning, I
knew The Silent Killer had struck, and I knew then, what I know
now, that killer shows no remorse, it’s the most cruel of cruel
killers and life as we knew it would be very different in the
boy’s death has come a support group for those suffering the
loss of a pet, Forever Sherman is open to anyone who is
suffering the grief associated with losing a beloved pet.
If pet owners are unaware of this
condition it will continue to go unnoticed, we cannot allow
naivety to be a reason as to why people do not ask questions.
This condition is a killer and unless people are aware of how
it happens, and aware of the warning signs also how rapidly it
can occur, we shall never get the research and the answers we
need, and more dogs will continue to die.Remember, it happened to us, we pray it won’t happen to
This is written
and Dedicated to my beautiful Boxer boy Chubbs– Forever Our
Sherman 2002 – 2006 Carole Gaved
I've had a tremendous volume of mail from people all asking if
and how we can try to protect our dogs. Well I'm afraid I
don't have the answers you all need and want, that's why we
desperately need MORE RESEARCH into this dreadful condition!