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Thread: Meet Prince! (Long story, it's been a rough road.)

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    Default Meet Prince! (Long story, it's been a rough road.)

    Hi, I'm new to this forum and I thought I'd introduce myself and my puppy.

    I have a 14 wk old GSD named Prince. He was a Christmas gift I bought for my boyfriend and myself. He previously had a GSD named Princess that passed away when he was younger so we always talked about getting a pup someday and thought I'd put our plan into action! We picked him up at 8 weeks old from the breeder on Christmas Eve, popped a ribbon on him and surprised my boyfriend with him when all the prezzies were being unwrapped. I think he suspected it all along, but he was really shocked and pleased when I came walking around the corner with the little fuzzball in my arms!

    Pup was introduced to the other dogs, fit in really well and was really such a pleasure to be around. We had tons of laughs from him tripping over his own giant paws and he was such a fuss-free little guy who only cried when he was hungry. He bit a LOT, he had more toys than a puppy could ever need to keep him occupied but still preferred human feet and hands to chew on.

    Fast forward two weeks and pup barely touched his dinner. This was quite unusual as he usually GOBBLES it down. Tried bribing him with his favorite food (milk) and he had a little drink but left most of it in the bowl and went to lay down in the kennel. I stayed outside for a couple of hours, trying to coax him to eat to no avail, and when the food he had previously eaten came right back up I knew I had to take him to the vet.

    This is 12:30AM by this time and we arrived at the veterinary hospital emergency room. We waited for a couple of hours while a few other, seemingly sicker dogs came in and were seen by the vets. Prince's turn came and we went into the consultation room. The vet nurse said he looked fine, did a quick check, said it was most likely a tummy bug and said she'd get the vet to see him anyway. Vet came in, had a feel around his tummy and said straight away she suspected a couple of things, one of which was intussusception. He had an ultrasound and she confirmed it right away - he'd need emergency surgery. I was shocked, I most definitely was not expecting something so serious. After paying a giant deposit and bawling my eyes out on my way out of the vet hospital cause I was leaving without my boy, I stayed up all night waiting for a call from the vet letting me know how it went.

    It went as well as we could hope for and by morning he'd woken up from the anesthetic and was hazily playing with the vet students. Went to visit him the next day and he was his old self again. A couple of days later and after paying my giant $4000 vet bill he was ours again.

    Had to keep the little tyke cooped up with no exercise for 2 weeks - we initially used the laundry but he wasn't having a bar of that, he was far too bored! So we made him a small pen outside he could watch the other dogs from.

    He is now 14 weeks old and *touch wood* has fully recovered. He is in his second week of puppy school and is coming along really well! I have taught him not to use humans as chew toys and have also started clicker training. It's a privilege to be able to train such an intelligent and willing puppy and I'm learning more and more about him every day. He now knows how to sit, lie down, lie down lower (put snout on ground), shake, spin left, spin right and leave a treat until I give the command to get it.

    Congratulations if you got through all that, it's been a rough start to this guy's life with us but it's most definitely looking up! Time for pics I think.

    Prince at 8 weeks:


    One week ago:

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    He is simply gorgeous!!

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    Hi welcome to the forum! Prince is adorable I love GSD puppies, little balls of fluff! Hopefully that is the last of his health problems too, such a rough thing for a little baby to go through!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    What a stunner. And what an adventurous start to your life with him.

    And I am totally impressed with your success in training him!

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    He's lovely!

    Huge kudos to the vet for that diagnosis! Intussusception is an easy thing to miss for a vet, as it can so easily mimic an ongoing low grade stomach bug. Yet if it's missed it is a heartbreaking situation as they can die so very suddenly.

    Well done on all your training and to you and your handsome Prince.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    He's lovely!

    Huge kudos to the vet for that diagnosis! Intussusception is an easy thing to miss for a vet, as it can so easily mimic an ongoing low grade stomach bug. Yet if it's missed it is a heartbreaking situation as they can die so very suddenly.

    Well done on all your training and to you and your handsome Prince.
    Thank you all for the warm welcome! (I just noticed the "Introduce yourself" section of the forum, whoops)

    I am very thankful they were able to identify it quickly. The vet seemed fairly certain as soon as she had a feel of his tummy that it was likely. Apparently it was caught in the mid stages which is frightening, as I pretty much took him as soon as I noticed something was really wrong! They ended up removing 6cm of the intestine and thank goodness there was no complications (leaking, etc) afterward.

    This pup better be the happiest dog alive cause I am SUCH a worry wart now! lol! I watch him eating like a hawk to make sure he still has an appetite, watch his behavior and make sure he's bright and playful and if anything is amiss I go into panic mode. Luckily my boyfriend is there to keep me sane and be the voice of reason amongst my panic.

    P.S here's a piccy from when we went to visit him the day after surgery.
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    Poor little Prince, he had the dreaded bloat...Which is the non-tech term used.

    I am glad he is doing better, and that your vet did not send him home as a "tummy upset"........Give your little guy a big hug from me, I love GSD's

    Attached is a bloat chart........It gives you all the early warning signs. If you want more info on bloat pm me and I am happy to pass any info I have on to you.

    bloat chart jpeg saved.jpg
    Pets are forever

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    What an absolute cutie he is and what an ordeal he's been thru for one so young. They become part of the family so quickly it's not surprising we are all such worry worts.

    I hope the vet gave you good instructions on his food/exercise/water intake from now on out.

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    Sorry about all the worries but all I can think of is: I want a GSD pup. Now! He is just the most adorable thing ever.

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    Sometimes with bloat prone dogs, they sew part of the stomach to something else (I can't remember which part right now) to prevent future twisting of the stomach. This give the dog a better chance at survival if it happens again. Did your vet do this, that you're aware of?

    P.s. I'm thinking the same thing about wanting one now. Damn those cute photos! :P

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