Pepe Smith

Age: 15 years
Breed: Mixed
​​​​​​​Diagnosis: Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV or Canine Bloat)

Pepe is a 15 year old mixed breed who was admitted to the hospital for emergency care because he had been repeatedly vomiting and was very uncomfortable. After his initial examination and x-rays, Dr. Leanne Taylor determined that Pepe's stomach had twisted around on itself and was rapidly distending with gas. He was diagnosed with Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV), or Canine Bloat. Pepe was immediately prepped for surgery due to the seriousness of his condition. After two hours of surgery and two days of hospitalization he made a full recovery. We are pleased to report that Pepe is happy and doing well today.

Canine Bloat is a life-threatening condition. In this case, a number of factors contributed to saving Pepe's life, especially the quick action taken by his owners in recognizing a potential emergency. The ability of our doctors to quickly diagnose patients using advanced technologies such as digital radiography and ultrasound equipment, the capability to perform immediate on-site blood testing, and the skill and training required to perform these complicated emergency surgeries all contributed to Pepe's rapid diagnosis and life saving treatment. Our extended hours meant that Pepe could be treated by his regular veterinarian in a familiar setting, rather than having to drive to a separate emergency clinic.

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