We had a great Ed Day this year. Ted Meeker arranged for The Animal
Emergency and Treatment Center (AETC) to talk about heart problems
in Newfs, bloat, CPR and blood donation. The presentations were
given by Jami-Lyn Derse, DVM, Emergency Medicine, Justin Allen,
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) and Gina Falish. There was information
provided that could help everyone from first time owners to lifelong breeders. We will send the heart,
bloat and blood presentations to members separately from the newsletter.
Some important points on bloat:
Raised food bowls are not recommended.
Abdominal distension, a common sign of bloat, does not always show up in Newfs as the
stomach may move into the rib cage. Always look for the other signs.
Always call the clinic on your way to let them know you think you have a bloat case. Time is
If you have a dog that gulps its, food it is best to feed it away from other dogs. Gulping can
create one form of bloat.
If your dog is having abdominal surgery i.e. spaying for a female, the vets recommend that
the stomach be stitched to the abdominal wall. This will not hurt the dog but can help
prevent a form of bloat.
AETC does heart screening at both locations. Some members found that having these two locations
available will help in health checks. As a side note, Dr. Allen knows that pant legs make great drool
rags as his cardiac teacher is a Newf lover. Her Newfs are mostly rescues and often the ones needing
They talked about CPR and blood donation also. CPR only works about 5% of the time when done by
trained staff. So if you do CPR on a pet and it doesn't work, it is not what you did or didn't do.
Blood donation is very much needed for animals. AETC collects blood and stores it as whole blood
and components. AETC works as a blood bank for many vets in the area. There is no cost to donate
but you do receive many benefits. Before you start and annually thereafter they give your dog a
physical including tests for heartworm and other blood transmittable diseases. Your vet also receives
a copy of the results. Additionally each time you donate, a $25 credit is applied to your account to
use any time; hopefully you will never need an emergency vet. Also if your dog should ever need
blood, it is supplied free. More details will be in the information sent separately.
AETC has two locations
1810 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030 Phone: (847) 548-5300
3927 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60618 Phone: (773) 516-5800
submitted by John Mertens