Cleo Goes From Strength To Strength


Weird and Wonderful

Cleo goes from strength to strength
6th December 2017

By Lloyd Lugsden

Age isn’t getting in the way of Cleo – a year after a life-saving operation.

The 15-year-old dog celebrated a special anniversary after vets gave her a new lease of life. The family pet underwent an emergency operation at Ashworth Veterinary Group in Farnborough, Surrey, after being taken in with a life-threatening gastric torsion.

This ‘bloat’ occurs when the stomach dilates and then twists. Surgery was a risk because of Cleo’s age but, one year on, the Weimaraner is alive and well. Senior veterinary nurse Kerry Lambert, who assisted in the operation, said: “Because of Cleo’s age, we didn’t know if she would survive surgery so, with great sadness, we provided the option of euthanasia.
“Deep-chested dogs like Weimaraners are high risk for gastric torsion, which happens when the food in the stomach hasn’t had an opportunity to digest and pass through the gut.
 “The average lifespan of a Weimaraner is 10 to 13 years, so Cleo is doing incredibly well.”