We had a serious emergency with Sophia on Sunday night. Around 11:00 PM she came down with bloat. Thank god I was able to get her help at the emergency clinic in Dubuque, IA. As luck would have it Dr. Stark, the local `bloat’ expert was on call. He was able to treat Sophia with a stomach tube and did not have to perform surgery.
Dr. Stark was very pleased that I recognized the signs so early and brought her to the clinic right away. He said that usually people wait too long before they seek help for their dogs and about 40% of the cases are fatal.
I had no problem with realizing that Sophia was coming down with bloat because I was well informed about the condition through the BARC Group’s e-mail network. Not only does this group of dedicated people rescue Bernese Mountain Dogs from all sort of awful situations, but their support to families who adopt their Berners is just incredible.
For anyone interested in a Bernese Mountain Dog, I can highly recommend the Bernese Auction Rescue Coalition or BARC, Inc. at http://www.barcinc.net/