Sammy's Emergency Surgery & Recovery

"Everyone says they have the best dog in the world, and each of them is right" Author Unknown. 

Sammy has been a part of our lives for just over eight years, and we could not imagine a life without him! He instinctively knows when someone is sad or sick and will be with them until they feel better. He is patient, kind, happy, loving, and a total mush! We love him! 

On Saturday, September 28th Sammy was not behaving like himself, he was very agitated and could not calm down. Andy had just left for work and suddenly we hear heaving noises, we immediately went to him to see what was happening and nothing was coming out. Each dry heave seemed harder and harder for him, and he would have to lie down exhausted in between. We pet him to try to calm him and he just looked desperate. Suddenly during one of his dry heaves he began to ooze blood and immediately we called Andy to get home so that we could rush Sammy to the hospital. 

Andy called our Veterinarian and we explained all of the symptoms - bloated hard stomach, dry heaving, bleeding with his bowel movements, panting, and sadness. They said they thought he was suffering from "Bloat" and confirmed that we needed to get him to the hospital immediately. We rushed to Garden State Veterinarian Specialists as quickly as was possible. They examined him and said it was Bloat AND GDV (Gastric Dialation Volvulus) which is where the stomach twists, blood flow ceases and the organ tissue - beginning with the stomach - becomes necrotic. The Doctors further examined him and said we made it to the hospital just in time and that if he gets emergency surgery immediately he will go on to live out the rest of his life without this impacting his quality of life. 

The Surgeons at GSVS were exceptional! They saved Sammy's life! They untwisted his stomach and attached it to his abdominal wall so that the twisting will never happen again.  Sammy had a difficult beginning to his recovery due to his anxiety and they sent him home two days early so that he could be comfortable. Since being home he has made significant strides in healing and has even been a bit bouncy!

We are truly grateful to the Doctors at GSVS and to all of our friends, family and coworkers who reached out with concern and love! But now we need help with paying for the surgery, medications, monitoring, hospital stay, etc. - anything you can give to help us pay for his care is greatly appreciated, thank you!



  • Catherine Colina 
    • $50 
    • 9 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 9 mos
  • Steven Walker 
    • $75 
    • 9 mos
  • Stacey Horcher 
    • $25 
    • 10 mos
  • Judith Sears 
    • $25 
    • 11 mos
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Marianne and Andy Seabert 
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Andrew Seabert 
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