Your Mayor has a Public Heath Announcement Regarding Bloat, also know as, Gastric Torsion!!!

December 16th, 2012 - 2:02 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Health Announcement Lovers….

Thursday evening the Mayor had a bloat incident. He is recovering.

Link to information about Bloat in this website with links to other information.  Read this over and over again to be prepared if this happens to your beloved hound. 

I am just now updating the residents about this because I do not like to drag everyone through the urgent and sometimes hysterical moments of an emergency.  I wanted to wait a few days and see if I could report good news instead of frantic news. I am pleased to report good news.

First off, let me do some background.  Bloat is a serious emergency.  You cannot “wait and see”.  I urge all of you to read the link above and all the links contained within.  I also urge you to print out this bloat chart that was a critical guide for my BFF and I Thursday night.


I have this hanging in my kitchen cabinet along with the dog CPR chart.

My BFF was over for Pizza and Presents Thursday night.  We have been BFF since kindergarten.

Chaps got excited as he always does when she comes over.  We both noticed him drinking an excessive amount of water with big glups breathing in air.  It just went right over my head.  This is a huge no no.  If you ever hear this take the water up immediately.  Please go to the links and read all of this because what happened to Chaps was basically text book.

He began throwing up white stiff foam and he was in shear pain and panic.  I went and grabbed the bloat chart and BFF was reading out loud.  Within seconds Chaps abdomen swelled up to about a basketball.

Several seconds later Janie grabbed him and Chaps and I were both in her back seat heading to the ER.  During our trip I had my arms around his stomach.  As we turned a corner he was able to release the contents which was about 2 gallons of water, fluid, and food…projectile.  His stomach went down like a balloon.

We made it to the ER and it was obvious the emergency was over but that is no sure bet that it would not continue.  So we waited our turn.

We did not have to wait too long because I think we were the only ones there.

The Vet technician came in and was amazing.  She referred to what he had as a food bloat (which was not exactly true) and all of his vitals were normal.

When the doctor did come in, he was cold and down right shameful to his profession.  I did not think I could experience a worse Vet than the specialist I took Emma to for her liver but I did.  Amazing but true.  This Vet had 25 places for me sign my name regarding Chaps.  He was so paranoid about getting his money and not being sued it totally clouded his mind regarding standard of care and the needs of the patient.  This is the same place that Emma went but during the day it is a speciality clinic and at night it is the ER.

The vet, whom I will be reviewing online, was pushing and pushing for me to spend 1000 dollars that night to do a complete work-up of Chaps and he was saying that on top of that he would probably need to do surgery. No wonder he was so aggressive, I basically signed away all of my rights to get a vet to look at Chaps.  It is just uncalled for.  In other words….Plain and simple harassment.

I asked howl much the office visit was (80.00) and left.

So, the next day I took Chaps to his regular vet.

Dr. Doan took 2 x-rays of the area.

He did see some mild to moderate gas and a slight twist area that caused the bloat that he was not too worried about.  He felt fine treating the situation with medication after listening to all of the facts.  He however told me that at anytime, if the elements presented themselves, he could bloat again.  Dr. Doan does not like the odds of Chaps ever having this type of surgery and I had already come to that conclusion before we even heard that from him.  It was nice to hear his take on it and to be in agreement.

So, there you have it.  One day The Mayor is up on the hill loving life and next…he is in the ER.

More roller coaster rides later…hopefully, the ones going up hill…Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB keeping the Mayor safe.




  1. Cindy, Jethro Rugs, Oz and Harriet
    December 16th, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    How very scary! Bloat is one of my fears. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read about it and just hope that I remember the symptoms if the time ever comes. Lets hope this doesn’t happen to Chaps or anyone else here at basset hound town. Thanks for the reminder to review our bloat sheets. And we here in the Doyle household are soooo very glad that Chaps is ok. Keep us posted on his progress.

  2. Judy, Bumper and Abby
    December 16th, 2012 | 10:13 pm

    I had never heard of this until I heard about Chaps on Friday. We have now put Bumper and Abby on two smaller meals a day with limited water before and after they eat. Hopefully they will never experience what Chaps went through. Thanks Cat for making us aware of this. We are all so very happy that Chaps is on the road to recovery!!

  3. Maureen and Slinky
    December 17th, 2012 | 11:07 am

    I am definitely going to read the link and post the chart in my kitchen.

    It’s amazing the behaviors of some vets and doctors. You have 2 wonderful vets, Dr. Leick and Dr. Doan, and then you have had 2 regular horror vets.

    I am so glad the Mayor is doing better, please let me know if there is anything I can do.

  4. Audra, Colby Chaps & Abby
    December 18th, 2012 | 9:25 am

    I am so glad our Big Daddy is ok. I worry all the time about bloat too. I’m going to print the chart off and keep it easily accessible. Thank God he didn’t have to have surgery. I actually wet Colby Chaps and Abbys food and let it soak for 2 minutes before giving to them, to help with the digesting and thirts after eating. Because of the water in the food, they very seldom even drink afterwards. I heat the water before pouring over the food so they like the temperature and gravy texture. Please give our Big Daddy a big hug from us. So, very glad he is ok! We love you guys. xoxo

  5. Cat
    December 18th, 2012 | 8:57 pm

    This is great advise Audra. I am going to start this tomorrow. What a great tip! Thank you darling….

  6. Cindy, Jethro Rugs, Oz and Harriet
    December 19th, 2012 | 9:55 pm

    I do the same thing Audra. I put enough water in the dry food where I can just see it coming up. I use warm water and I stir it for a few minutes before I serve. I also add a tablespoon of canned wet food with gravy. It makes a nice gravy and they seem to enjoy it.

  7. Cat
    December 20th, 2012 | 11:42 am

    Cindy – I did the same thing and Chaps went for it like a young pup eating grule for the first time. hehehe Every day is different for our Mayor and last night he was so cute. We had a really good night. More later….Cat

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