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Fagan, one of my Irish, turned 7 on Monday. 2 years ago he suffered a full torsion, he was operated on and his stomach stitched, he has been fine ever since ....... until last week.
Last week my OH called me home from agility training, Fagan wasnt right, which for my non doggy OH to notice must have been serious !! When I got home Fagan was clearly uncomfortable, shaking, pale gums and nose licking. All the same symptoms he showed when he had the torsion, he didnt bloat out, but he didnt last time either. I took him to the out of hours vets, they x-rayed, took bloods and put him on a drip but couldnt work out what the problem was, the only option was to open him up to see what was going on.
When they opened him up they found his intestine was completely full of gas, they also found his missing testicle (the vet when he was operated on at 18 months couldnt find it). The vet didnt know the reason for the gas, there is a chance the testicle could have been involved but she is doubtful (it was still tiny and didnt look cancerous or anything)
So now he is home, all stitched up (for the 3rd time in his life!) but no reason for what happened and no guarantees that it wont happen again.
A bit of background on Fagan, his vet allergy tests came up with a low grade intollerance to chicken, but no matter what complete food he is fed his wind is awful so for the last 4 months he has been on raw, and has been doing great on it, put on at least 5kg (he has always been skinny) and the wind has stopped. I also feed him raw chicken with no ill effects.
I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced anything like this ? Ive bought some windeze tablets for him now, but its still worrying if he is showing signs of bloat I want to get him to the vets, not give him tablets to see if it makes him better first !! Ive also got some charcol tablets to hopefully help with digestion. I just dont want him opened up every time he has trapped wind !!