To the Editor:
My name is Carol Scott, and on Sunday, March 31, an incident occurred that was very traumatic for me and my 12-year-old Toy Poodle, Ginger.
I returned from church and found her lying on the couch with her best friend, Lacy, my five-month-old kitten. She was shaking, breathing heavily and gagging. Her stomach was very hard and distended, and she could not stand or walk.
I knew something was wrong and that she was very sick. I called my vet, Dr. Joe Bodewes. He told me to bring her in. I called my neighbors, Pam and Jim Haack, and they took me to All Creatures Veterinary Clinic. Jim thought Ginger might have a twisted stomach – bloat – and she was not her happy-go-lucky bouncing little ball of energy.
I knew what this was, but I did not think it happened to small dogs – it usually occurred in large-chested big dogs – Great Danes and Mastiffs.
Dr. Joe suspected this was what Ginger had, and after taking x-rays, this proved to be the case. She was going into shock and was dying.
The surgery was dangerous and expensive – about $1,000. I did not even consider the cost, because as everyone knows who has a pet, you don’t think about the cost when you love your pet, as I do Ginger.
Dr. Joe called one of his staff, Candy Grambow, in – they are always on call. I went home to wait for his call...and when it came, the news was good.
He got the tube down and a lot of gas was released. She had to stay overnight (he said she was not out of the woods yet). He checked her at 9 and again at 11:30 a.m. She was able to come home Monday afternoon.
I would like to thank Dr. Joe, Candy and all the staff at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic for saving Ginger’s life. Their kindness, compassion and knowledge is to be commended. Ginger and I are very grateful that he is our vet.
I looked up Twisted Stomach on the Internet – it is a very serious, life-threatening condition, and you need to get to the vet immediately, as death can occur in minutes.
So what if Dr. Joe and Candy had not come in? After all, it was a Sunday.
Thank you again!
Carol Scott and Ginger