Gastric torsion and your dog

Gastric torsion and your dog

What Is It?

Gastric torsion, gastric bubble, torsion and gastric dilatation volvulus are all named for the medical condition where a dog’s stomach becomes overstressed by excessive gas content. In these cases, the dog becomes unable to naturally expel the build-up. In some cases, the stomach can actually “flip” over and cut off all escape routes for the gas, trapping it inside the facility. Bloating can be deadly!

Is Your Dog Afraid of It?

Although it is unlikely, smaller dogs usually do not feel bloating. It is more likely to happen to larger, deep-set breeds such as German Shepherds, Akitas, Shepherds, Labradors, Boxers, St. Bernards and other dogs with similar body types.

How You Can Recognize It

Although there are several possible signs of bloat or torsion, a dog that suffers from it will not always show ALL of these signs, but here are a few…

Restlessness, excessive drooling, non-productive attempts to vomit, noticeable swelling of the stomach, pale gums, difficulty breathing and inability to lie down.

If you think that your dog may have signs of such behaviours or others, immediately bring your dog to the vet – THIS IS NOT A CANCER. It is also a good idea to call the veterinarian before you go so that he can prepare for your arrival.

How Can You Prevent It?

Please understand that this entry gives a very basic outline of this condition. If you have questions about this condition or any information contained in this article, contact your vet.