Meet Abby

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Abby is a sweet 3 year old Fawn Great Dane that experienced Gastric Dilatation (commonly known as bloat) on November 29, 2016. Understanding the symptoms of bloat, her owners sought immediate veterinary care. Despite the veterinary staff’s best efforts, Abby’s condition worsened  and progressed into Gastric Dilatation Volvulus, which requires immediate corrective surgery. Abby’s owners did a fabulous job providing Abby the critical veterinary care when she needed it most.

Although Abby received surgery to correct the GDV, she continued to experience life-threatening complications. At this point, her owner reached out to RMGDRI with the hope that we could continue her much-needed veterinary care.

Abby’s Story

January 8, 2017 
Abby made it to our vet in Colorado thanks to a couple wonderful volunteers who transported her to Denver.
January 9, 2017
We spoke with our vet regarding Abby’s medical care. Despite our vet having the records from the ER Surgery and speaking with the other vet, there’s still a lot of unknowns in regards to how to move forward. Our vet  started off by performing an ultrasound to see where/how much gas/fluid is collecting.
It was determined that the re-distension of the abdomen was caused by free-floating gas in the abdomen (outside of the GI-tract). She did complete an x-ray of the chest which confirmed the results from the ultrasound. At this point, she recommended that an exploratory surgery was needed in order to determine the cause behind the gas collection in the abdomen.
Abby handled surgery remarkably well. Upon opening her abdomen, it was very evident that organs were extremely unhappy and peritonitis (inflammation of the membrane that lines the body wall and covers the organs) had developed. Her spleen was severely enlarged and abnormal so they removed the spleen and sent a piece of the abnormal portion in for testing.
The surgeon thoroughly ran the GI-tract top to bottom and could not find a perforation or scar tissue as evidence of a previous-perforation-that-healed. They gave her insides a thorough cleaning and noted unusual adhesions between organs and body wall beyond what would have been done during the gastropexy.
It is still unclear where and why the gas collected in her abdomen outside the GI-tract. It is unknown at this point whether Abby will continue to have this problem or if we have unknowingly corrected the problem by treating everything else.
Abby will remain hospitalized for a minimum of 48 hours. She is recovering peacefully from her surgery and is currently receiving antibiotics, pain and anti-inflammatory meds.
January 11, 2017
The vet would like to keep Abby hospitalized for another 2 days and monitor her. Abby continues to recover well. They have started to wean her off IV antibiotics and fluids and switch her to oral meds and a water bowl. She is currently eating one small meatball every two hours and her GI-tract continues to be functional and is not giving her any issues.
January 13, 2017
Abby was released from the hospital last night.  She is up to eating 4 meals per day of wet food and is handling it well. She has 7 medications that she is taking daily.
January 14, 2017
Abby rested most of the day an hung out with her foster dad watching football.
January 15, 2017
Abby is settling in to her foster home and seems to be feeling better.  She is still resting a lot and is loving all the meal times.  Some of her test results came back and one showed that she has a staph infection.  So she is on a strong antibiotic along with her other medications. Since the new medication must be given with food, 3 times per day, we have increased her feedings to 5 times per day.
January 16, 2017
Abby is does not know what to think of the snow.  She refuses to go outside, so we shoveled a path in the yard for her to do her business. It took some coxing, but she finally went out.
January 18, 2017
Abby is feeling a lot better.  She is still resting a lot and is still on limited activity. She has finished some of her medications, but is still taking four. She enjoyed the nicer weather today and actually ventured out in the snow a bit.
January 24, 2017
Abby continues to improve and is putting weight back on nicely.  Tomorrow she goes to the vet for a check up and to have her staples removed.  She has finished all of her medications except one antibiotic that she will be on for a total of a month.  She was excited to see all the staff that took such good care of her when she was really really sick.
January 25, 2017
Abby went to the vet today and all of the people who cared for her during her surgery and recovery were very excited to see her! Everyone in the office dropped in to see her.
She now weights 101 lbs (up from 86 lbs when she came to Denver). She is still a bit thin, but doing well. She has another 2 1/2 weeks of antibiotics for her staph infection. She had her staples removed and is healed nicely from the surgery.
The photo on the left was the day she was released from the hospital (1-13-17). The other 2 are from today (1-25-17).
February 1, 2017
Abby continues to do well!  She has 2 more weeks of antibiotics and then will go in for another check up. She will still need to be spayed and have eye surgery to correct Entropion, a genetic condition in which a portion of the eyelid is inverted or folded inward. This can cause the eyelashes to irritate and scratch the surface of the eye, leading to corneal ulceration or perforation.
February 2, 2017
Abby had her first zoomies since coming into rescue! Her Diarrhea is finally starting to resolve. We are so happy she is feeling more like herself.
February 9, 2017
Poor Abby woke up with this morning and after she ate, we noticed she had a bump by her eye.  As the day progressed, so did the swelling.  Since it was so close to her eye and she was due for a check up, we took her into the vet to have a look.  The vet thought that it was probably a sting and gave her an anti-inflammatory  and told us to also give her some Benadryl.  The good news is that she is up to 112 lbs and looks to be at her perfect weight now.
February 15, 2017
Abby’s swelling has been moving around since Thursday, Feb 9th.  The swelling did not change much on Friday, but Saturday morning it had expanded down the side of her face and into her jowl. We took her back to the vet to have a look. She spends the day there and the vets tried injections which did not seem to help either. They did an ultrasound which showed a few pockets of fluid. They then aspirated it and found there was a decent amount of bacteria in the swollen area.  Abby is back on antibiotics and got to come home Saturday night.
Sunday, the swelling had gone down but moved toward her eye.  We watched it closely and it even seemed to subside a bit.
Monday, She woke up very swollen again, and it was now swollen over her eye and down her nose. She looked miserable and the vet said, “get her back in here”. She spent Monday and Monday night at the vet under their watchful eye.  They made an incision to drain the abscess pockets shown by the ultrasound and sent the fluid off for testing. They installed a drain to help keep it from refilling.  We picked her up on Tuesday around noon and her foster said she looked ten times better than when she went in.  Today, she is doing well and the swelling is still minimal.  Hopefully, this will be the last she has to deal with this!
February 17, 2017
Abby’s had the drain tube removed today and was very happy about that!  She will have to have the sutures removed next week and hopefully, won’t have any more issues with a swollen face.
February 23, 2017
Abby’s had the stitches removed today.  Everyone at the vet office was happy to see her doing so much better.  The swelling has completely resolved and she will remain on the antibiotics for another week or so.  If all goes well, she will be able to get her vaccinations and be spayed in the near future.
March 1, 2017
Abby’s face has healed nicely.  She is still on her antibiotics for another week.  If all goes well, she will be getting her shots next and then we will schedule her spay.  Keep sending good vibes her way.
March 9, 2017
Abby finished her antibiotics yesterday. We are watching her closely to make sure nothing else pops up. If all goes well, she will be getting some of her shots next week and the remainder a week or two after that.
March 12, 2017
Abby went to the vet yesterday as she was vomiting Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. She also had a small amount clear gelatinous diarrhea during the same time. She went out about every 30 minutes throughout the night and strained to poop, but was not able to.  I spoke with Lindsay Saturday morning and we both agreed it was best to get her checked due to her history.
She saw the vet and was indeed tender around her abdomen.  They went ahead with Xrays and did not find any kind of blockage, just a LOT of gas.  they gave her Metronidazole and sent her home with instruction to bring her back if she vomited again.  She is feeling much better today and eating small bland meals. No further vomiting.
March 20, 2017
Abby went to the vet today and got a few of her shots.  She will go back next week for the rest of them as long as there aren’t any issues.
March 27, 2017
Abby went to the vet today and got a few more of her shots. She has done pretty well with them so we have set an appointment for her spay in April.  She still gets diarrhea fairly regularly, but we are hoping this resolves as well when all her medical care is complete.
April 12, 2017
Abby had her spay and entropian surgery today and is doing well.  She will remain under medical care at the vet for a few days.  She has a Dane sized cone to keep her from messing with her eyes but remains in good spirits and is eating and resting.
April 13, 2017
Abby is healing today.  The vets want to keep her there for at least another day.  She is being well taken care of and receiving lots of love from all her friends there.  Please send Abby good vibes for a quick healing.
April 17, 2017
Abby is had a quick check up from the vet today and although her eyes look concerning to most people, the vet said they look fabulous for only being 5 days from surgery. Abby will need a few more check ups and will have her sutures removed around the 26th.  She is in good spirits and was very happy to be release and be back with her foster family. Please keep sending Abby good vibes for a quick healing.