This is a very personal message from me to the owners of large chested
Our chow, Yanni, was only 7 1/2 years old - healthy, happy and full of love. We got him from MiPao Kennels in Ontario, Canada and he was championship stock. He would not hurt a fly, truly.
We watched over him and tried to take care of him the best we knew how.
Recently, we had changed his dry food to what we thought was a better, more "natural" dog food.
We left to do some filming,came back 2 hours later to hear our precious Chow screaming in pain.
We got him to the vet: she operated right away, he survived - we picked him up the next day only to have him die at home.
After our terrible grief - what have we learned: I call it The Yanni Rule.
If I had known these few facts perhaps, just perhaps, Yanni might still be here. This is why I am doing this and asking you to help get the message out - print it out and put it in your vet's reception area, anywhere you can - or just for your knowledge or tell other dog owners.
There is no guarantee we can save every dog but foreknowledge is far better than hindsight. I hope Yanni can help your dog or someone else's because Chow's were not included in the list of dogs I checked for this condition on the net.
So, ANY LARGE CHESTED DOG - not large dog just large chested.
The Yanni Rule
Bloat - GDV - is the most cruel condition occurring in "Large
1. If you feed your dog dry dog food - make sure you realize that this food SWELLS up
I did not want our beautiful Chowchow Yanni's death to be in vain. I do not know if the above would have saved him but I sure know that it makes sense to me and any bit of knowledge that "might" help is better than no knowledge at all. I am not a vet nor a professional. This is not advice but simply my personal thoughts from investigating this condition after Yanni's death. I know I would have appreciated this knowledge ahead of time.
I have included a few links to Veterinarian sites that contain more valuable information
Recording Artist, June Simon for Yanni www.junesimon.com