Let’s be honest here, our four-legged companions are members of the family. We want them healthy, happy and to live a long time. We do what we can with preventative measures like vaccines and heart worm medication, but there are some things that are unforeseen, and we need to be aware of them.
Bloat and Torsion (GDV)
These are often used interchangeably but from what I read and understand, a dog’s stomach can start to bloat without the torsion (or twisting) occurring. However, they seem to go hand and hand – and if not caught bloating seems to lead to the twisting or torsion.
Regardless of the details, this is something we need to understand and know about as Weimaraner owners – or pet owners in general. Here are the signs that you need to look for:
If you’re concerned, go to your vet immediately! If you bring in an emergency case during regular hours most vets will bump the non-emergencies to deal with that pet. BUT, make sure your office is one of them. So, talk to your vet and find out their policy on emergencies so you don’t waste valuable time.
Know your vet’s hours. Many offices have magnets that you can put on your fridge so that it is always handy. I’d also recommend having it saved in your cell phone.
Know where the closest emergency vet is and their hours. Have that handy or saved in your phone as well.
Don’t wait to see if they get better. If you have ANY concern at all, get your pet help as quickly as possible. They can’t tell us verbally what is wrong, so know those signs.
I have 2 weimaraners I love with all my heart! I do my best by them, but can’t protect them from everything. But I can be attuned to them and get them the help they need and deserve. I’m sure you all feel the exact same way!