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.