Tuesday was as bad a day as they come. Our male red wolf died, unexpectedly. Everything was going as planned for his annual physical, however Dr. Vanderford had concerns about his abdomen distention during the exam. We transported him for further testing which revealed a twisted stomach and bowel, also known as Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV). The condition is categorized as an extreme emergency and often carries a poor prognosis.
His condition deteriorated very rapidly and by the time he got to the Veterinary Specialty Hospital he was in shock. Despite their heroic efforts, his condition declined and his prognosis for recovery was dire. Humane euthanasia was elected.
He will be missed, more than words can say.