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an Ohio basset rescue named Zoey (fostered and adopted by Maribeth) has been through so much but is the most beautiful and sweet natured girl you could meet...given up by her owners because of glaucoma (she had been a puppy mill female) she was fostered by Maribeth on Dec 21. She had her eye removed to ease the pain...and then on Jan 1st she had emergency surgery to remove the second (that was when maribeth said she was staying with her)....she did very well with out her sight and is adorable to watch with Maribeth. Earlier this week she had a tumor removed from her eye socket and one from a mammery gland (both benign)...then she was returned to the vet for bloat and a twisted stomach....2 seperate surgeries (one to fix the stomach and one a few hours later for the vet to check the blood flow to the stomach-which she had)......she is fighting so hard and even standing, going out to pee, wagging her tail for Maribeth and trying to drink some water (which she vomited this morning with dk red blood in it, vet said due to the trauma). He feels that "if" her stomach starts working again she will survive...please keep her in your prayers....there is something about this basset that pulled at my heart strings the first time I saw her picture...she has much love to give and the right family to finally give it too her......

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Woody Hayes mom Kristi
 

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Wow, that poor baby! She sure has been through a lot! Sending much drool for a speedy recovery.
Bloat is such a horrible and scary thing! Yogi's had a few episodes of bloat, no twisting of the stomach but one visit did require an overnight stay with the vet passing a tube to release the gas.
All basset owners (heck, all dog owners, really) should know the signs of bloat. It could help to save your dog's life.
 

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Poor sweet girl! I'm glad Maribeth decided to keep her even after everything she's been through. Sending tons of healing drool her way and we'll keep her in our thoughts.

What are the signs of bloat? I don't know that I've ever read about bloat. I've heard of it but not read about it.
 

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Wow! She certainly has a strong fighting spirit! Don't give up now, sweet Zoey...fight hard! Wishing her all the best health and happiness...and plenty of love and drool.

Keep us posted on how she's doing.
 

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FWIW bloat =gdv = twisted stomach

the stomach filles with air then turns on it self. It is a problem/disease/condition that affect large and giate breed. there is a strong genetic component that seems linked to conformation the deeper and narower the chest the larger ratio between the the higher bloat risk. also it increase as the dog gets older. It has come to the point that some Great dane owner are having the stomach tacked to prevent the twisting. If the stomach only distended (fills with air] then ther really is not much of a problem the air can pass it is when the stomach twists it cuts of blood supply and tissue dies and all the related problems when that occurs. Bloat is an emergency situation. geneal characterised by a enlarge and hard stomach area and letherargy.

A Message to Dog Owners from the Director of
the Purdue Bloat Research Program


Numerous clinical reports from Europe and the United States show that gastropexy to
prevent gastric rotation should be performed as soon as possible following stomach
decompression on all dogs with gastric dilatation, whether or not the stomach is thought
to be rotated at the time. The recurrence rate of gastric volvulus in dogs treated for
bloat conservatively, i.e., without surgery, approaches 100%, whereas the recurrence
rate following gastropexy is <5%. The stomach of a dog that has had a gastropexy can
still dilate, but it is unlikely to rotate, so if dilatation does occur after gastropexy, it can
probably be treated conservatively.

What does all this mean to you? If your dog suddenly develops a distended abdomen,
appears uncomfortable, and gets progressively worse, rush the dog to a veterinarian,
preferably one equipped to do emergency surgery. Gastric distention is a life-threatening condition, even if the stomach has not rotated. Immediate decompression is required to relieve pressure on blood vessels and to restore circulation to the heart, because shock can occur within minutes of the first clinical signs. Fluid therapy is indicated to treat shock, and drugs may be needed if the heart rhythm is irregular. This should be followed as soon as possible by surgery to reposition and immobilize (gastropexy) the stomach before it is irreversibly damaged. The best indicators of how well the dog will do postoperatively are its physical condition (state of shock) prior to surgery and the appearance of the stomach during surgery (since dead or dying stomach tissue implies a very poor prognosis). Intensive monitoring is usually required for several days postoperatively in case complications occur.
 

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Thanks everyone and thanks MikeyT for the info and warning signs....I had looked them up from the start with Woody...

The vet got the circulation back to her stomach....now it just has to start working again....she is standing, and her gums are pink again (another strong sign is red gums at first then white to gray as it progesses)......she drank some water but threw that up with dark blood (vet said normal from the trauma)....it is all up to if her stomach will start working and wasn't too damaged (but the blood flow was restored-hence the second surgery to verify).....

I will keep everyone posted and am in contact with her through Ohiobassetrescue on FB if anyone wants to see pictures or send well wishes.....

What a wonderful group of Basset people you all are....
 

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new update.....Maribeth just heard from the vet and the news is incouraging....she drank water and kept it down this afternoon...she seems perkier and when he took her out to pee she tried to drag him down the road (they live only a mile away so she wants to go home).....

The vet said that when it happens the inner lining of the stomach peels away so it is like a big open ulcer....if she continues to improve he will try a small amount of gruel in her stomach tube tomorrow.....

Keep her in you prayers......thank you all so much
 

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This is a picture of zoey that her mama took after she saw her yesterday.... a little sweetheart....
 

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thank you Molly.... I will let Zoey's mom know that too.....I bet she would give anything just like your mama just to see her eat.....
 

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Awww, poor baby. Hang in there, Zoey, we're all pulling for you! Good old farm-fresh boiled chicken is what you need.
 

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My heart breaks for you Zoey - Sending lots of healing prayers your way little girl.
 

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Just heard from Maribeth....Zoey is not doing very well....she is passing blood and seems like her stomach lining is bleeding....was hoping to bring you better news....Keep praying people please....We don't want to lose this little girl
 

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Sending all the best healing vibes possible to this little girl. She's had a tough break again and again. Here's hoping she shows some improvement soon.

All our love to you, little Zoey.

Love,
Molly, Winston and their Momma
 
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