Bloat and Lepto

We had a great first vet visit this morning and Addie is doing really well. Couple of things the vet asked us to ask you:


  1. Lepto. The vets would normally give this medicine, especially as Addie is going to spend a fair amount of time in the mountains. So they wanted to better understand your reasons for avoiding it.


  1. Torsion. Do you have an opinion on preventing this with surgery? We did it for our previous Weim at the same time she was spayed, but wanted to check with you first.

Shark Baby Look


As you can see from the photo, Addie may have a little piranha mixed in with her. But we’re working on it, and she is so smart, bold and affectionate. The only time she took fright was when a flock of noisy parrots flew over the yard. Other than that, she seems to be crate-trained and sleeps silently through the night, so thanks for the head-start you gave her.

Breeder’s Note: We are glad you are delighted with Addie. She is a cute girl. Our advice is to forego the Lepto vaccine when combined in the puppy shot. There are many reasons we believe it is beneficial to give the Lepto alone, and a bit later. Ideally, it is best having to use that particular vaccine, but when you are in a high-risk, location it is necessary. Unfortunately, when combined with the puppy-shot it may well compromise the pup’s health. In a small percentage of cases, it can be life-threatening. We feel those risks are not worth taking. 

The surgical procedure of tacking-the stomach to prevent bloat is something we have no direct experience on doing. When we discussed it with Dr. Calhoun, he said he is not in favor of any unnecessary operative procedures. There is more information in yesterday’s blog on this topic. (Click Here) Honestly, our best guess is there are trade-offs, but maybe someone will have a comment to share on the topic. 

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Posted on September 9, 2014, in Behavior & Training, Dangers, Duchess X Blue, Previous Pup Update, Vaccine Info. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Addie is SO CUTE!! A couple months ago we had an emergency vet visit @ 2 am for Kimber…. I thought it was nothing, since she had been roaming a families property all day and just assumed she ate something. I had never heard of the stomach twisting before, but thankfully my husband did. I am obviously no vet, but our vet told us its really common for deep chested dogs to have the same stomach twist issue as horses. Kimber was very restless, uncomfortable & whining a ton (yes more then usual). We finally made the decision to take her in and they did the surgery immediately. When the vet did the surgery they untwist the stomach and put three “tacks” in with dissolvable stiches and then the scar issue keeps the stomach in place so you never have to worry about it again. Its a very fast process when it happens and if you don’t catch it right away it will kill you dog. I think I would be more prone to getting the tacks if I knew this would happen… most people don’t catch it quick enough.

  2. Rachel — I think it is a tough decision. Very few of our Weims have had a brush with bloat; however, it is always out-there. You have to worry. I think you have to decide. I think there might be some things that could go wrong from the tacking, but I certainly agree a lot of folks would want it done. In all the years we have never had this happen, but it could. Of course, our girls are intact until they retire. It is a scary thing to have to face this. Thanks for making this comment. As I said, I knew someone would talk. I know of two OwyheeStar pups that had this happen. There might be others, because as you pointed out it is common in deep-chested dogs. Surprisingly, it is not nearly as common as I previously thought. What we all wish and hope is that we never have anything come our direction. :O)

  3. Allie is the cutest sharkie ever :o) I’m so glad that Kimber survived, I wish we had a treatment to avoid bloat. It’s one of my nightmares….

  4. ahhhhhhh Kimber survived. I am glad daddy was in tune with what was going on……

  5. Kimber is alive and well…….. :O)

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