I have a 4 year old Great Dane that just 2 months ago had the bloat, stomach flipped. I knew exactly what he had, so i rushed him this wonderful after hours Speciality Clincic. He was in surgery in less that an hour since it first happened. I was quite aware of the signs and symptoms, so I called ahead and they immediately took and x-ray and he was put under for the surgery. He came through it beautifully. His spleen or stomach were immeditaly lavaged and then his stomach was sutured to both sides of his abdominal wall, so that this could never happen ago. He spent 5 days and nights with them where he got marvelous care. He has been home 6 weeks, but he doesn't seem to be gaining any weight. I feed him 3 small meals with Pro Plan High Performance and Hills canned food. He eats and never has a stomach problem. Will this just take a while for him to get it back or should I feed him something else. He feels wonderful. Our regular Vet is on vacation, but I just needed to know if there was anything else I could, so should I just not be impatient with his weight. He is a wonderful dog and receive the most amazing care any dog could get. Perhaps you know something else I could try or just let him gain his weight back with what I am doing. Also does this surgery shorten his life span. Thanks, Karen
I am an experienced veterinarian and happy to help
You do need to be patient with his weight gain.
What you are doing is correct except you could change to feeding the same food but the 'puppy' formula as that contains higher nutritional value per bite.
The surgery does not shorten their life span at all.
Any further questions?
So I should buy the Pro Plan puppy dry food and still add the Hills wet canned food. He will eventually over time, gain his weight back.
yes pro plan puppy AND Hills puppy too
Yes with time he will regain the weight
Small meals regularly like you are doing are best
Can I help any further?
Oh, so I should feed him the Hills wet puppy food too. Will it take a long time for him to gain his weight back? I just love him so much that I don't want to do something that will hurt his stomach. once in a while, I can hear his stomach rolling around, but I give him 20 mg. of Pepic and that works every time. Is that OK to get him that?
Yes the Pepic is fine
In a larger dog the weight will return over 6 to 12 mths
Thank you very much, now I can sleep better tonight.