Gastric Dilatation-volvulus (bloat)
General information on Gastric Dilatation-volvulus (bloat)
Gastric dilatation-volvulus (Bloat) is a life threatening condition where the stomach rotates and closes off the esophagus and the upper intestine. Trapped air, food, water and gas will expand and the dog cannot belch or vomit to relieve the pressure. Deep chested dogs, such as St. Bernards, Great Danes, German Shepherds, and Dobermans are more likely to get this condition. Gastric dilatation-volvulus is a very serious and acute condition with a high fatality rate.
Symptoms of Gastric Dilatation-volvulus (bloat)
Symptoms of Gastric dilatation-volvulus include drooling, retching, restless wandering, bloated abdomen and the dog can become listless and show signs of pain.
Treatments for Gastric Dilatation-volvulus (bloat)
Immediate emergency care is needed if your dog has symptoms of Gastric dilatation-volvulus. The vet my try to put a tube into the dogs stomach to relieve the pressure. If this doesn’t work then a large bore needle may be put though the abdomen into the stomach. Surgery may be needed to untwist the stomach.
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Gastric Dilatation-volvulus (bloat) experience by - Michelle
Boulder CO USA
I just lost my nine year old lab/golden mix to GDV three weeks after he had emergency surgery. Herky was a very healthy active dog who developed GDV while he was being boarded. When I picked him up he was already bloated and no one knew how long he had been in distress. He was rushed to the emergency vet and underwent surgery. The outcome looked good, but he developed complications three weeks later. We had to put him down at 3:30 am this morning. Please pay attention to dogs who eat fast or drink a lot of water and then are active. Drooling, vomiting and a distended belly are signs you need to get to a vet quickly.
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