I haven’t been able to bring myself to write on this blog for quite some months. I think I am ready to deal with it now, but I’m going to take the next I don’t know how many posts to just write about my Lizzie and all the things we did that I didn’t get around to posting on here. I figured I had plenty of time.
I lost Lizzie at around 9:30pm on February 8, 2013, after a 10 day fight for her life. She died at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center from complications, namely septicemia, following three surgeries from GDV – Gastric dilatation volvulus (commonly known as bloat). This is a condition I knew nothing about until this happened. I wish I had. Her symptoms started suddenly, seemingly from nowhere. Knowing my dog as well as I did, she was at the emergency clinic within minutes of when the symptoms started. Unfortunately she was not diagnosed or treated at that time. I cannot go into details on what happened at the emergency clinic at yet, since the situation is currently under review with the Veterinary Board for the State of Texas. Once the decision is issued, I will go into more detail. Just to be clear, the issue under review is in regards to the emergency veterinarian in Tyler, Texas, not with any veterinarians who treated and operated on her after the fact, and tried everything they could to save her life. To them I am grateful.
GDV is deadly, and an absolute emergency. Minutes matter. If you aren’t familiar with the condition, here is the link to the Wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastric_dilatation_volvulus