The other day I went for a run/walk and was thinking about my parents’ dog, Tucker. He passed away in March 2013 – he had degenerative disc disease and shortly after he was diagnosed with it, he went through stomach torsion.
Torsion, common in large barrelled mammals like German Shepherds and horses, is when the stomach twists so much that it interrupts the blood supply to that organ.
It requires emergency surgery and is a life or death situation, usually.
Luckily, we caught it in time and we underwent emergency surgery. I was so nervous. But it wasn’t the same nervous as waiting for Rags to go through his cancer surgeries. I had had time to mentally prepare for those. But not for Tuck’s emergency torsion.
So, I thought it would be interesting to know what sort of emergency situations Floppycats’ readers had been in with their kitties. Please report in the comments below!
I am not thinking of this as something negative – I think it might help us all to know the possibilities of what could happen. Not to instill fear in us, but rather to educate ourselves, so that we might be somewhat prepared if faced with a similar situation. There were many people I told about Tuck’s torsion and they had no idea German Shepherds could have that happen. Knowledge is power. Bring on the knowledge.
Category: Health Care