I am sorry to tell you that I had to have Tommy Poodle euthanized this evening. He had a terrible case of bloat and suffered at home with it for five hours before I came home and found him in horrible distress.
I rushed him to the emergency vet, but it was really too late. They could have operated, but the tests they ran showed that his stomach and intestines had been deprived of blood too long, the tissues were probably all dead.
He's heartsick, of course. He lives in another state and has never known Tommy, except through pictures. But he and my Mom knew how much I adored that dog and they are grieving with me and are very sorry that they can't be with me now.
Ya know, I'm kinda scared to give advice here, but if you don't like it, then so what. To keep a dog, or horse from eating too fast, put a large smooth landscaping type rock in the food bowl. Now of course you would want to wash it, maybe put it in the dishwasher. And by large I mean about the size of those plastic footballs like they sell in the dollar stores.Too large to get their mouth completely around it,but small enough to fit in the food bowl. The idea is that they have to scoot the rock around to get to the food and thus slows down their eating. Not only do I ENDORSE this method, I use it myself on my horses.So if you think this is cruel or unethical, then so be it.
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I lost one setter to bloat in 1987 in my arms at the vet's office. One of my saddest experiences.
Bloat can be caused by many different factors. Mostly large chested dogs are prone to it. It can be caused by but not limited to: Eating or drinking too quickly with or without excersise prior to eating or drinking, gentetically dogs can be prone to bloat and numerous other factors.
I hope I am not violating rules here but the Irish Setter Club of America.org has a great research piece on it's website produced by Purdue University concerning bloat.
Once again, so sorry to hear about your loss.
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <
Tommy was one of the larger standard poodles, 60 pounds and 27" at the shoulder. He was 12, which the article says greatly increases the risk of bloat.
Also, Tommy had digestive problems his whole life. He would refuse to eat and then eat too much and vomit. We tried getting him to eat off a cookie sheet. I fed him by hand. We tried getting him to eat canned food (it gave him terrific loose stools). At the time he died, he was eating premium dog food twice a day, only 1 1/4 cup at a time, served at strict 12 hour intervals.
I think that the only thing that might have helped would have been for me to sit and watch him every time he ate for at least an hour and still I don't know if that would have saved him.
The vet said that I did everything right, but sometimes they just get bloat. Tommy's misfortune was that I was at work, the bloat progressed too far while I was gone,by the time I found him, it was too late.
As for the rock in the food idea, why not? If it gets the animal to slow down when eating dry food, all to the good.
Don't horses get gastric torsion, too? I think they call it colic.
I am so sorry to hear about your dog. I lost one of mine this last weekend. Not in the same way, but it still hurts, and I think I know just how you feel. I wrote a tribute to Lacey, and it made me feel a little bit better. At least I was able to tell her I love her, and I always will. Once again I am sorry you are having to go through this.