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Desert Harbor Doberman Rescue of AZ has an emergency case tonight. My new but already LOVED foster, Lex, is in emergency surgery right now for gastric dilatation-volvulus, commonly known as bloat. His stomach has twisted. We're hoping it was caught before too much damage had been done. This amazing 4.5 year old dog has traveled from Serbia, to Germany, to Kansas, to California before coming to Arizona. Surrendered to DHDR on Friday, my household, and other volunteers are already in love with his amazing personality and raw beauty. The cost of this aggressive surgery is going to give a financial hit to DHDR and any and all donations or contributions would be appreciated. These dogs are worth it. Donations can be made via PayPal at Desert Harbor Doberman Rescue | Desert Harbor Doberman Rescue | Desert Harbor Doberman Rescue.


 

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Lex is out of surgery. Stomach looked great and it's now tacked to his abdominal wall, which should help prevent future incidents. His spleen looked good as well and didn't need to be removed. Dr. went ahead and neutered him while he was under, as he had blood in his urine and a slightly irregular prostate shape, which could have contributed to his sterility. He will be monitored all night. If recovering well I can transfer him to my vet in the AM. He had some irregular heart beats while under so hopefully that turns out to be nothing. Hang in there Lex! We <3 you! I'm gonna try to catch some zzzzz's now.
 

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I'm sorry you guys had to go through that :( Be sure to have him on a continuous EKG thoughout the day. GDV patients are known to throw VPCs and can become tachycardic which is something we can and need to control if it does happen. (some regular-day practice veterinarians dont really continue to monitor things like this, but if I were you, I'd insist them do it :) Good luck Lex!! Keep us posted, Ammo sends his good vibes Lex's way!
 

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I am sooo sorry to hear what poor Lex is going through! He is a nice, nice, boy... I certainly hoped his bad luck was over when he joined the DHDR family. I sincerely hope he recovers quickly and finds his forever home soon.
 
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I'm sorry you guys had to go through that :( Be sure to have him on a continuous EKG thoughout the day. GDV patients are known to throw VPCs and can become tachycardic which is something we can and need to control if it does happen. (some regular-day practice veterinarians dont really continue to monitor things like this, but if I were you, I'd insist them do it :) Good luck Lex!! Keep us posted, Ammo sends his good vibes Lex's way!
Yup, he's staying on monitor through tonight. He is recovering well and loving his pain meds. So glad I caught it early, even though his stomach twisted he didn't have much dead tissue.

THANK YOU for all of your well wishes.
 

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Thank goodness Lex found some decent loving humans to care for him. I googled his name and uncovered a little of his back story. This poor dog has come across his fair share of douche bags and then some. Doberman For Adoption - PandaHi

Thank you DHDR (and his foster family) for the willingness to put compassion and decency above the almighty dollar.
 

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Thank you all for the well wishes and assistance! Lex is home! We are maintaining with pain meds and he ate his brown rice and chicken breakfast with gusto this morning. He's not bothering his staples at all and is enjoying the special cuddles on the living room floor. We're very happy with the outcome of the surgery. The vet said that even though he had gastric torsion, his stomach looked great so we are very lucky it was caught early. I'm glad I press ALL of our fosters to be very familiar with the signs of bloat. And I'm glad I noticed them and rushed to the vet so quickly.
 

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It's been almost a year since Lex entered rescue and immediately had GDV surgery! Wow! He continues to make me laugh on a daily basis. My rescue girl Heidi loves him, the min pin tolerates him (that is a big deal for her) and he just has the best personality. I love my boy! Happy 1st year Bubba! ImageUploadedByPG Free1365491172.348191.jpg


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Lex is out of surgery. Stomach looked great and it's now tacked to his abdominal wall, which should help prevent future incidents.
you probably know this, but tacking will not prevent future incidents. what will is smaller meals, at a more frequent interval...

glad he is ok, he looks gorgeous.
 
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