On a recent Sunday evening, Emily Wion’s three-year-old Bernese mountain dog, Ranger, was in distress. He was lethargic and his belly was distended and hard. Wion immediately suspected a stomach “flip,” a serious and potentially fatal condition that requires immediate surgery.
Wion, who lives on Mercer Island, called the nearest 24/7 veterinary emergency hospital and was told they were at capacity and to try elsewhere. It was the same answer everywhere else she called. Finally, a clinic in Renton agreed to see the dog.