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German Shepherd Dog

This is Zeke. He was an adorable dog. He died unexpectedly at the age of 10 months on Dec. 14, 2009 on my birthday. He died of mesenteric torsion. It was heartbreaking. A mesenteric torsion is the twisting of the intestines around the mesenteric axis. The mesentery is the suspension system for the intestines. The many feet of the intestines are suspended by a pretty small mesenteric root that contains the attachment of the mesentery and the major blood vessels providing nutrients to the intestines. Occasionally, this system can twist on itself causing serious, often fatal consequences. The mortality rate is almost 100% and was once thought to be a rare condition, but evidence has brought to light the fact that this is occurring with ever increasing incidence and has been seen to occur more commonly in German Shepherds than any other breed. The symptoms of this condition are rapid onset of shock, abdominal pain and vomiting. The twisting stops the blood flowing to the intestines.

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Comments (2)
Dec 8, 2012 Fiffi's mum
omg... That was an heartbreaking story.. I am so sorry fot your loss.. Zeke was an adorable GSD and he didn't deserve to die... BUT he will always be a part of you, as long as you remember him, he will be by your side and protect you!! Hugs from Jezzica, Wilda and Fiffi in sweden!
Dec 8, 2012 littleguysmom
Oh, little Zeke. You look like you brought a lot of love and were loved in return. Sometimes life is just not fair. I too know the loss of a puppy. My Lexi was born with megaesophagus and was just not able to thrive. We had to make the very hard decision to send her on to the Rainbow Bridge to wait for us. Heartbreaking. I agree with Fiffi's mum, you will be remembered forever. Even what little time you had on this earth made a big impact, handsome boy.
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