We’re still waiting out Gida’s health uh-oh — we’re cautiously optimistic she’ll be OK. Catch up with her liver-vet-lethargy saga in last week’s post.
Despite a snowball of bad or confusing news, the vet visit answered other questions. For example, we learned that my Boston terrier’s teeth falling out wasn’t cause for five-alarm worry. Another knowledge nugget: she is, in fact, at very, very low-risk for bloat. So much so that the vet immediately dismissed it when we aired it as a culprit in her sickness.
Background: Gida got a new, raised food-and-water setup recently. A friend cautioned that raised bowls can cause bloat, a sometimes-deadly condition. Some research, including a Pawesome post on bloat in dogs, made it seem unlikely for a small Boston like Gida. Still, I was suspicious of the timing. And when you don’t know your ear from your asshole over these things, every possibility is a real, worrisome one.
That’s not to say that all small-dog bloat concerns should be dismissed. I certainly didn’t dismiss the thought, and I’m glad I held on to it long enough to ask a pro. Vet bills and emotional discomfort aside, having some answers amid the questions made a valuable silver lining.