Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Please watch for bloat in your dogs!
Hi. I'm new here after losing my beloved Vizsla, Amber, last weekend at 9 2/3. She died peacefully during the night and we aren't exactly sure what caused her to die. She had difficulty with her breathing and started vomiting. Shortly afterward she went into shock, lost bowel control and died in my husband's arms. We are devastated. It happened SO fast and the only thing which makes sense to us after looking through every symptom in the book is that she developed bloat. I had never heard of this condition and am horrified at how quickly it can come on and claim a dog's life. There are simple things that a dog owner can do to help keep bloat at bay....do not feed your dog once/day (as we did) but rather 2-3 smaller meals throughout the day. Also, keep fresh water available at all times OTHER THAN one hour before/after meals. We kept fresh water all the time and there were times she'd gulp her food and then inhale the water. Very bad combination.
I wish more people/breeders/vets would educate the public about this horrific condition.
If Amber's death saves just one life of a Vizsla (or any breed for that matter) her death won't be in vain.
Please watch for bloat in your dogs!!
We are still grieving over Amber's loss and will for a long time....I will get another Vizsla at some point, as they are the most wonderful dogs. In the meantime, we are trying to rescue a springer spaniel who has had a horrific start to her life. In a couple of years, I will be ready for another velcro dog!!!
Thank you for reading and please watch for this condition in your dogs!!!