3rd January and my 5 year old Weimaraner bitch had been sick during the night, all day she was just not herself, off her food but nothing of obvious concern at this stage.
4th January out for morning walk she was a bit lethargic but still out for an hour. 1000hrs thought get appointment at the vets just for a checkup. 1200 hours dog felt cold, capillary refill very slow, abdomen swelling, suspected bloat or stomach twist. On phone to vets "get me a vet there I'll be 10 minutes". Left dog there. 1 hour later vet phones up "pick your dog up and take it to our other surgery ASAP".
Did that and there was a vet waiting when I got there.
1830 hours went to collect her. Diagnosis pericardium effusion, vet drained 1.2 litre of fluid from around the heart and took samples from the abdomen.
5th January back to my local vet for checkup, all appears well as did checkup on 7th January.
Dog then starts to get back to being herself dropped from a bloated 38.7Kg to 33.6Kg in 3 days.
Back to vets on 15th January for stitches out expecting to get all clear, no such luck. Vet not happy with sound of heart beat or shadow on heart from ultra sound scan. Referral to Liverpool royal veterinary hospital on 16th January. Diagnosis minor leak in heart valve causing irregular heart beat and slight swelling to one side of heart muscle, treatment - monitor and re examine 12 months. As for pericardium effusion - no idea what caused it in the first place
Total to date just under £3,000
Excess cost me £75