As I had mentioned earlier, we almost lost our Akita a couple days ago. On Wednesday morning she could hardly move and her belly was bloated. She was obviously in a lot of pain. She was diagnosed with a twisted stomach and the vet at time was skeptical about her making it. But her surgery went well and there was no permanent damage...and today, she came home. She has a satellite dish and is on limited duty for a week until the stitches come out, but she's doing great.