Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Update on The Further Adventures of Frodo the Faller – an overnight stay

The boy is home!

He came through the operation extremely well but even as Phil-the-Vet was operating, Frodo’s stomach was distending with fermenting food. He is surprisingly lively and aware – after all, this is the third time we’ve faced this situation so we know what can happen.  He must have heard my voice – or the car - or both, because he started yipping and calling as soon as I walked into Reception and I was assured that he had been silent until then.

Phil-the-Vet, not a demonstrative man but a very fine vet, said to the young Receptionist, ‘It’s a joy to see them like this,’ indicating Frodo. ‘He would have died.’

Gastric torsion, formally known as Gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) is more common in deep-chested dogs – Wolfhounds, Irish Setters, Dalmatians, Rottweilers, Collies, though strangely not Greyhounds or Whippets.  It can develop extremely quickly and is fatal if not diagnosed and operated on immediately.

We thank our lucky stars that we live so close to this practice. We are also thankful that 
our Problem Child, Washakie Lord of the Rings, our Frodo, is home and safe again.


  1. Oh, I'm so glad, Janice. Your problem child is such a beautiful boy, and he sure does love you.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. That's fantastic news! I'm so happy for you and for Frodo! YAY!!

  3. This is wonderful news. I'm happy that you knew what to looks for and get Frodo quickly to Phil-the-vet.

  4. I am relieved that your boy is ok. It is so scary when something happens to our good canine friends!

  5. After reading your post below I understand what a close call this was. Sometimes knowing our animals well can help us to spot problems quickly. I'm glad to hear Frodo is back home and doing well.

  6. Must have been a big worry for you, but now it's over ! what a relieve !


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