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Gastric Dilation-Volvulus (GDV) – Bloat Can Be Fatal!
By Karen Soukiasian
Gastric Dilation-Volvulus (GDV) also known as “bloat, “stomach torsion” and “twisted stomach” is a serious situation!
It can be fatal! You have less than half an hour, to get your dog to a vet!
Approximately 25% of dogs do not survive!
Here’s what happens. As the stomach swells with gas, it not only cuts off the blood flow, it presses up against vital organs and larger blood vessels. This can cause your dog’s stomach to twist. It also cuts off the diaphragm, making it difficult to breathe. Picture a balloon, being twisted in the middle.
Now, there is no way for the gas to be released through the mouth or anus. The compression cuts off the blood supply to and from the heart. Organs and tissues begin to die. Your dog will go into shock, then a coma, and if not treated immediately, they will die!
10 dogs most susceptible to GDV; in order are:
1. Great Dane
2. St Bernard
4. Irish Setter
5. Gordon Setter
6. Standard Poodle
7. Basset Hound
8. Doberman Pinscher
9. Old English Sheepdog
10. German Shorthaired Pointer
Scientists and veterinarians are not sure why these dogs are more prone. They do believe there may be a genetic link.
Other interesting facts about dogs with increased risks for GDV:
· Male dogs are twice as likely than females
· Temperament – Aggressive, nervous, anxious, excitable, fearful dogs
· Dogs over 7-years old are twice as likely to it, than dogs under 2 years old.
· Deep, narrow chested dog
· Food possessive – stressed at feeding time, and eat too fast
· Fed once a day
· Stressful events such as vet trips, airplane travel, boarding, and car rides
· Once a dog has had GDV, they are prone to have it again
Things you can do to help prevent or manage GDV:
· Feed smaller portions
· Feed 2 or 3 times a day
· Diet change should be gradual. Take 5-7 days when changing diet
· Limit water after meals
· Feed food possessive dogs separately
· Wet dry food so it expands before your dog eats it…not in their stomach
· Avoid, excitement, vigorous exercise and stress for at least 1 hour before and 2 hours after feeding
· Keep food on floor…do not use elevated food/water bowels
· Take your dog for long walks daily
· Interact playfully to reduce stress – happy dogs seem less prone
· Exercise regularly to release pent up energy, and prevent overexcitment
Signs to watch for:
· Distended abdomen (bloat)
· Profuse salivation
· Difficulty breathing
· Desperately trying to vomit or defecate
· Pale gums
· Rapid heart rate
If your dog appears to be going into shock, rub honey or Karo syrup on their gums. It could help them stay conscious. Wrap them in a blanket. It is gravely important that they be kept warm on the way to the vet. As hot as it may be, turn the heat on in your car, and keep talking to them as you get them to the nearest vet!
Bottom line: Gastric Dilation-Volvulus (GDV) is serious! Do not waste time second-guessing. Should your dog show any of the symptoms, err on the side of caution…get them to the nearest vet immediately!
Karen A. Soukiasian, GOOD DOG! – DOG TRAINING – Owner/Trainer, St. Augustine, Florida – AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN Evaluator http://www.freewebs.com/gooddogsite