Dear Jackie & Pete,
I don't know if you remember me, the crazy Belgian doctor who gave up her job for her rescue boxer, but now I'm sending this
email to sincerely thank you. After reading your bloat flow chart, I printed it and put it in my wallet. Yesterday evening Watson
had his usual dinner and afterwards I took him to play with his Jack Russell friends which are a 25 minute drive. He started
playing as usual and afterwards my friend and I were having a drink (thank god I didn't have my usual glass of wine) and Watson
was happy and relaxed at my feet, panting, but that wasn't a surprise after a vigorous playing session. Watson gained a bit of
weight and the vet commented on it and as I was telling this to my friend I looked at him and laughingly told her: "look, his
harness is becoming a bit tight". Thanks to your flow chart alarm bells started ringing, I felt his pulse and his heart was racing,
then he vomited. I could literally see my dog swell. So, I called the vet, put him in the car and drove like a madwoman. When
we arrived, she had everything prepared for emergency surgery, but we were just in time, so he got away with gastric
decompression and a night on an IV drip with stomach protection etc. I cannot thank you enough as I'm sure that, if I had
never seen your scheme I would never had recognised the symptoms this fast. I was a bit ashamed that my vet had everything
ready for emergency surgery, but she said it was a close call, minutes could have made the difference between surgery and if I
hadn't been aware and put him to bed (it is not the first time he vomits some white foam), he would surely have passed away
during the night. THANK YOU! Apart from all this, at the moment Watson is showing "normal boxer behaviour" and I do
think people sometimes give up too soon, not to mention my doubts about some reasons for putting them up for rehoming.
Although boxers really need a loving and understanding home, I assume they're better off with somebody who really wants them.
Katrien & Watson
As You Can See From This Email, Being Aware Could Save Your Dogs Life!
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