North Wapiti Siberian
Iditarod 2008 - Tales from the Trail
August 15, 2007
IOkay - first off, let me tell
you all, this story has a very happy ending! No need to
Yesterday afternoon I was giving a kennel tour. We were
taking our time talking dogs and visiting with each one
while we worked our way through the yard - the usual.
When we got up into the bitch section and started to walk
over to Roary, she didn't seem all that happy to see us. I
asked her what was wrong and she moved away from me to sit
down in another section of her area. Not normal at all for
our friendly little redhead.
I coaxed her to me and reached down to put my hands on her
belly. As I touched her stomach and noticed it was tight as
a drum, she let out a yip and moved away from me again.
These symptoms are typical of bloat and torsion, very
dangerous conditions in dogs. Roary's gum color was very
good and she still seemed quite 'bouncy' for a dog to be in
critical condition, but we take no chances. I called the
vet, who as always, found room in their busy schedule for us
and loaded Roary into the van. She was very happy on her
walk to the van, but yipped a few more times, especially
when I picked her up to load her into her crate. Mark and
she headed off to Westlock.
Apparently once they got to Westlock, she yipped again when
Mark placed her on the scale. When he got her into the exam
room, she let out a big burp as Mark put her on the exam
table. When Collin started to go over her, she just stood
there and wagged her tail at him. No tenderness in the
belly, no tightness, no yipping. His professional opinion -
"She had a fart go 'sideways'" - and the burp had fixed her.
Mark paid the bill and drove the 40 minutes back to
Perryvale. Roary is a red dog already, but I'm hoping under
that red fur she at least had the decency to be blushing
about the whole incident!
Karen's Diary - Iditarod 2008 Edition
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