Honey’s life saved by PDSA after suffering from deadly twisted stomach

07 July 2020

Nine-year-old Honey, a Dogue de Bordeaux from Eastleigh in Hampshire, needed life-saving surgery after developing a serious condition called GDV (Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus) which is rapidly fatal without intensive vet care.

The illness – commonly known as bloat, twisted stomach or gastric torsion – left Honey’s life hanging in the balance. But thanks to our incredible veterinary teams, who are continuing to provide an emergency service during lockdown, Honey was able to receive the urgent operation she desperately needed to save her life.

Honey’s owner Michelle Maxwell (44) said: “My daughter found her in the garden foaming at the mouth. Her tummy was swollen and tight, and we could see she was in pain.

“I’ve been a dog owner for many years and I know that if they get bloat, especially at her age, they don’t have much time before things get extremely serious, so I called PDSA and they told me to bring her straight in.”

Michelle took Honey to our Southampton PDSA Pet Hospital, who have been running an emergency-only service for pets in need during the Coronavirus pandemic. There, vets confirmed she was suffering from GDV, which is when the stomach bloats (fills with air) and twists. This is a particular risk in large dogs like Honey whose deep chests mean there is plenty of space for the stomach to twist when it bloats.

Time is of the essence in these cases; quick treatment greatly increases the chances of survival. Honey was rushed in for surgery and underwent a long operation where the charity’s vets battled to save her life.

PDSA Vet Wendy Hurford, said: “GDV can be rapidly fatal if not treated with surgery, so we were in a race against the clock. It was a long surgery but the hard work of our veterinary team paid off and Honey made it through.

“She was later transferred to our out-of-hours vets so they could monitor her overnight and thankfully she was able to go home the following day to recover.”

Michelle added: “We knew that not all dogs survive this type of surgery, so the relief all my family felt when we received the call to say she had pulled through was overwhelming. We all thought we’d never see her again so it felt like a miracle that she’d made it and it’s all thanks to PDSA. They were brilliant and I’m sure Honey wouldn’t be here without them.

“She was really poorly for a week or so afterwards and barely ate anything but slowly and surely she got back to her usual self! We really can’t thank the PDSA enough for all that they did in saving Honey’s life.”

The emergency surgery for Honey cost PDSA £765. At PDSA we believe no pet in need should suffer in pain, but we are facing a crisis and we need your help now more than ever.

The financial impact on us as a result of the pandemic is huge and we are losing around £3 million a month in income. We rely entirely on public support and receive no government funding for our veterinary services. Please donate to help stop suffering and save pets lives when there is nowhere else to turn.





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