Logan, a 9-and-a-half-year-old golden retriever, developed a life-threatening medical condition called gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) when he ate a plate of chicken wings and part of a football during a Super Bowl party.
According to Jerry Hudy, Logan’s human, Logan got into the forbidden treats when some of the children at the party left a plate of chicken wings on an unattended chair.
Later that night, Logan started vomiting and by the next morning, he had developed a distended abdomen and was lethargic. The Hudys took Logan to their family veterinarian and after a series of X-rays, Logan was referred to BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a specialty and emergency hospital for pets.
In addition to the ingested bones, the X-rays showed a rock that had been inside of Logan’s stomach for an unknown amount of time. The X-rays also confirmed the diagnosis of GDV.
Dr. Heather Hadley, a board-certified veterinary surgeon with BluePearl, performed the emergency operation to de-rotate the stomach and to remove the bones, football leather, and rock from the stomach.
“With an appetite that destructive, it appears he may have been a dissatisfied Broncos’ fan,” Hadley joked. “On a serious note, despite our best efforts, dogs can still get into some very dangerous things. That’s why it’s so important that anytime you notice a change in your dog’s behavior, you contact your family veterinarian as soon as possible.”
According to Hadley, the Hudy’s quick trip to their veterinarian certainly saved Logan’s life. If not treated early, GDV can result in death.
About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,700 people including more than 450 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.
Feb. 12, 2014