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Old 04-16-2007, 10:35 PM
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I remember you losing Cooper, and then Bentley. My heart just broke for you. I honestly believe they each were in your family because they needed you, you loved them well.

How exciting that you are expecting a new puppy! Please keep up posted, I look forward to seeing lots of pictures.
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I really would like to know whats in a bloat kit....I've 'NG-tubed' many humans and babies, and if worse came to worse and I was the only resource if my dog bloated, I could do it....
Never thought of having to deal with it myself, wouldn't WANT to, but.....
Have to love those NG tubes MB. We do what we have to, dont we??
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Have to love those NG tubes MB. We do what we have to, dont we??
i have sunk many NGs and Salem Sumps in the past 10yrs on patients, but i don't know if Roxy was bloating that i could do it. i think i would be a nervous wreck, hopefully the nurse in me would take over. Denise
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Thank you for sharing your painful stories. Hopefully your new puppy will soften some of the pain.
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I have had a dog bloat from a blockage from a rawhide chew knot. Never have let any of my dogs have rawhide of any kind after that. I know of several Goldens who have died from bloat. Very scary stuff !!!
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My Samoyed, Gizmo, bloated and his stomach twisted

We rushed Gizmo to the animal emerg. hsptl. think it took about 30 mins.
They x-rayed him and immed. knew it was bloat and his stomach twisted.
They asked if they should do surgery and tack his stomach down and it was going to be about $1,200 and we said of course.

Gizmo was 11 when this happened and he lived another 9 months. We are not sure what he died of but I don't think it was bloat. It was a hot day when this happened and he probably drank lots of water and when we were walking Gizmo and Munchkin that night Gizmo started trying to throw up and go #2 at same time-I looked at his gums and they were very pale. We immed. called the emerg vet and they said to get him in right away!
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I have heard in Great Dane when you get them fixed you could tack the stomach during the procedure. Could this also be done in Golden Retrievers?

This was on a great danes breeder site. Do you think it could be done for goldens too?
I highly recommend tacking your dane puppy at the time of spaying or neutering. Bloat is very prominent in the dane breed. The cause is still not known. While tacking is not a guarantee that your dog won't bloat -- in most cases it will prevent the dog's stomach from twisting and doing damage to the surrounding organs. Please do not be misled into thinking puppies won't bloat -- PUPPIES BLOAT TOO - although it is not as common in puppies it can still happen.

What do you guys think?

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I was looking at old posts on bloat and found this. Looks like no one answered your question, Kim. I'll take a stab at it but maybe others can offer their thoughts too.

I don't think bloat is a high enough risk in golden retrievers to warrant doing the tack surgery as a standard procedure, as you might do with a great dane.

I think the best defense with dogs that are not known to be susceptible is just to know the symptoms and to have a plan. Know ahead of time what you're going to do and where you will go if it happens outside of normal business hours.

I don't think I could do the emergency tube procedure myself. I probably should learn. I was okay with the instructions until I read that it's possible to go into the lungs rather than the stomach. Seems like something you would have to practice to be comfortable with, but practice how ?? I know the first time Daisy bloated even her very experienced vet had a hard time getting the tube down to her stomach, he had to try two different sizes. I don't think I could do it.

I hate bloat. It scares me now more than anything else
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I bet it's hard to leave Daisy at home when you need to go. You've been amazing through all this with her. Growing up with Morgan horses, there was always an intense fear of/watchfulness about colic. I can't remember anyone having a similar fear about our goldens. After your experience with Daisy though, I am much more careful with water and playing after meals. Orion, this little field style half-brother of Finn& TippyKayak's Gus, died of bloat so young- I cant figure it bc no deep chest whatsoever??? Ihttp://www.k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=90388

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I was looking at old posts on bloat and found this. Looks like no one answered your question, Kim. I'll take a stab at it but maybe others can offer their thoughts too.

I don't think bloat is a high enough risk in golden retrievers to warrant doing the tack surgery as a standard procedure, as you might do with a great dane.

I think the best defense with dogs that are not known to be susceptible is just to know the symptoms and to have a plan. Know ahead of time what you're going to do and where you will go if it happens outside of normal business hours.

I don't think I could do the emergency tube procedure myself. I probably should learn. I was okay with the instructions until I read that it's possible to go into the lungs rather than the stomach. Seems like something you would have to practice to be comfortable with, but practice how ?? I know the first time Daisy bloated even her very experienced vet had a hard time getting the tube down to her stomach, he had to try two different sizes. I don't think I could do it.

I hate bloat. It scares me now more than anything else
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