What Is It?
Gastric twitching, bloat, torsion and gastric dilatation-volvulus are all named for the medical condition in which a dog’s stomach becomes over-stretched due to excess gas content. In these cases, the dog becomes unable to naturally remove the buildup, and in some cases the stomach may actually flip and block all escape routes for the gas and trap it inside. Bloat can be deadly! Unfortunately, I experienced this firsthand with one of my previous dogs, who bloat diseased a few years ago when he stayed in a kennel. He died in this kennel. One of our clients had a previous dog, an Akita, which also died from GDV.
Can your dog catch it?
Although it is unlikely, smaller dogs do not normally suffer from bloat. It is likely to happen to larger, deeper breeds such as German shepherds, akitas, cows, boxers, St. Bernards and other dogs of similar body types.
How Can You Recognize It
Although there are several possible signs of bloat or tear, a dog who suffers from it will not always show ALL these signs, but here are a few…
Restlessness, excessive drooling, non-productive attempts to vomit, visible swelling of the stomach, pale gums, difficulty breathing and inability to lay down are felt.
If you think your dog may be showing signs of these behavior or other signs, bring your dog to the vet immediately – THIS IS AN EDUCATION It is also a good idea to call your vet early in the day so that they can prepare for your arrival.
Please understand that this entry offers a very basic outline of this condition. During medical emergencies, please contact your vet if you have any questions concerning this condition or information contained in this article.