Panda Jaramillo, was rescued by Eliana on February 21, 2010 when her owner tried to put her to sleep because she was born defective (without front legs). Eliana, who happened to be at the veterinary medical center where he was going to be euthanized, asked to keep the little two-legged mottle and take care of it.
"When they gave it to me, it was full of fleas, lice and had a worm on the palate that reached the inside of the nose," said Eliana Jaramillo, Panda's rescuer.
The beginnings were hard, because with the toys that her young son Eliana left behind, she made a kind of wheelchair to facilitate the transfer of Panda.
"As it grew, it began to become known through social networks and then it was participating in various events and marches in defense of animals," said Jaramillo.
The two-legged dog visited schools, attended sports events, where children with disabilities felt identified and were able to integrate into activities; It was an example of struggle and improvement for many people with special conditions.
Pandita left nine years of joys, teachings and anecdotes before crossing the rainbow due to a gastric torsion that surprised her one morning in March.
Eliana explained that Panda had an average life span due to her condition of six years, in 2019 the dog had health complications, which she overcame against all odds, “but at the beginning of March 2020 she woke up in a low state and assumed that it was something serious, on the way to the vet he suffered a cardiac arrest and when he got to the clinic there was nothing to do, "described its owner.
What is gastric torsion
Gastric torsion is the condition in which the dog's stomach becomes inflamed in such a way that it turns (flips over) covering the dog's mouth. It is a condition that can lead to the death of the dog and is only repairable through emergency surgery, so it must be prevented from happening.
Stomach dilation-torsion syndrome is an acute disease that can occur in domestic animals, mainly dogs and cattle, although not in cats, with a very serious prognosis and that must be treated with the utmost urgency, since it can end with dog's life in a matter of hours. Its mortality rate is very high, standing in dogs treated on time at around thirty-five percent and in untreated dogs at one hundred percent.
In the web portal http://www.deperros.org/, tells us what are its causes, symptoms and how to prevent it.
Although the causes are not completely clarified, the most widespread theory is that due to the accumulation of gases the stomach dilates to a point where the ligaments that fix it do not support it and the weight of the spleen, located next to the stomach, produces the turn of the intestine. This causes a collapse in the blood supply, since the arteries and veins that run through the stomach become strangled, preventing the blood from reaching other vital organs, the blood being oxygenated correctly and producing cardiac arrhythmias; finally resulting in a shock with fatal consequences.
Although it can be suffered by any dog, regardless of size or breed, the breeds most prone to suffering from this disease are those with a deep chest and a distended stomach and large or molossus (Doberman, German Shepherd, Chow Chow, Saint Bernard, Dalmatian, etc. ). It is much more frequent in purebred dogs than in mongrels.
Although there is no knowledge of the exact causes, factors are known that affect the appearance of large meals and at one time, eating too fast, drinking abundantly and eating before and after exercising, stressful situations during eating. There also appears to be a genetic predisposition.
The symptoms that usually present are:
- The dog is restless and usually looks at the stomach or the ground.
- You have pain and swelling in the abdominal area, if you hit the area with your hand it will sound like a drum.
- You try to vomit and either can't or just spit out foamy saliva
- Feed your dog his daily ration divided into two portions so as not to burden his stomach too much. It must be taken into account that the kibbles expand inside and almost double their physical volume inside the dog's stomach.
- Never run or play after eating. The digestion of a dog happens at different times compared to our digestion, so it is important to wait at least two hours before taking a walk. It will be better to feed him an hour before going for a walk.
- Avoid drinking large amounts of water when agitated. Don't let her drink a lot of water before or immediately after exercising. At the end of the exercise session with your dog, he will surely be panting; Before giving him water, you should wait for his panting to decrease and he is less agitated.