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    My oh lost his last dog ruger (Rottweiler) to bloat. Unfortunatly we missed all signs as everyone was out I wasthe first one home from work and found him in a terrible way rushed him to the vet but it was too late. He was about 7 years old

    Rip ruger

    Sorry to hear of your friends dog rip Mandy

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    you can't always catch it. My dogue died from it 3 weeks ago we found him dead with a tight, swollen stomach after only seeing him an hour before. He was tired and wanted to just lie in his crate but no other symptoms to point at something that wrong. He was just shy of 7.

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    Sorry about your friend's dog. That is very sad.

    I was also wondering about the time frames - it would be terrible if it happened when no-one was home to notice!

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    Oh Nekhbet, that's so sad. It doesn't sound like there's anything you could have done.

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    There is no real time frame, some start slowly and the time frame is long..Some are very quick.

    If I see my dogs in any sort of stress I use my acupressure point on the stifle.......and give my dogs rescue remedy on the way to the vet. None of mine have had to go to surgery so far, but I have friends with Irish Wolfhounds and twice I have put a tube down into the stomach for one of their dogs on the way to the vet. Because we live 40 minutes away from a vet, so we have to do something.
    Both Irish ended up surviving, one did have surgery. The tubing does not fix, but gives time......I am so glad I am able to stomach tube

    I hope that this never happens to your dogs.

    We also have horses and train horses and sometimes have had colic at the Horse Clinics we have put on in the past........Horse-Colic is very similar and also just as devastating sometimes.
    Pets are forever

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    Hey Newfsie,

    I'm interested in how you learn to stomach tube. Not that i will be trying on my dog ....unless i had no other option...touchwood that never happens. But with my Ridgeback 'Scooby' the vet had to force feed him by tube to help him survive parvo. I would hold him everyday while the vet did it and it got me wondering how would one learn such a thing? Do you practise on somthing like a dog dummy or do you just bite the bullet and go for it on a dog in need as such ???

    It would take a brave person to do such a thing.......i found the whole thing pretty upsetting to watch but then again it was my dog dying in front of me and it did go along way towards his recovery. I know from when Scoob died (13 years after parvo) i can get to the vet in about 12 minutes but thats me driving like a mad man.....if worse came to worse it's 20 minutes with me sitting in the back with the dog while someone else drives. And if it was needed i'd give it a go to save a life.
    Thanks for any info....

    P.S. Charts on the fridge ...just in case....top idea Newfs...
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    Thank you for making this a sticky, If it safes one life............

    I used to work for a lonf time in neonate ICU.........We did lots tubing there for feeding very small babies, That is where I learned first

    Also I raised poddy claves and poddy lamb's and I always got the half dead ones for free and used to tube and re-hydrate many this way and they would be OK........So a dog is easy for me. I also do horses for worming sometimes or if they have colic.
    Pets are forever

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    My grandfather used to have to swallow tubes every morning to clear himself out so he could breathe and eat. Was completely gross.

    I imagine you get one of those super soft flexy tubes designed for the purpose, lube it up with vege oil, and then push the end past the swallow reflex?

    If you google "stomach tubing" heaps of refs and youtube videos come up on how to do it. It's not something I'd want to try unless I was completely desperate.

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    Wow Newfsie, you must have nerves of steel ... I am such a wimp, but if it was a case of saving a dog's life, and I had the knowledge, then I guess adrenalin would kick in.

    Having a medical background must be good grounding for life skills issues in general ...

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    Living a long way from vets and having many creatures great and small, you have to do some things yourself......I have a great vet , who has taught me many quick fixes too........ANd it helps to have a medical back-ground
    Pets are forever

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