Stomach bloat is a very concerning and life-threatening emergency that can affect your furry friend. It’s known by many terms, including gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV), gastric torsion, and stomach twist, and it can be especially dangerous for deep-chested dogs like Great Danes, Doberman Pinschers, and Greyhounds. 

GDV is a condition where the stomach rotates more than 180 degrees, which can cause it to become trapped and prevent the passage of fluids or air. This can lead to severe complications, such as the spleen becoming detached from its blood vessels, trapping blood and fluid, and causing your dog to lose blood pressure. 

It can be difficult to watch your furry friend experience symptoms such as restlessness, anxiety, chest or stomach tightness and distension, excessive drooling, and ultimately weakness and collapse. If you suspect that your dog is developing stomach bloat, it’s important to SEEK VETERINARY ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY! This is a surgical emergency, and any delay could be life-threatening for your pet. 

It is important to know that large breed deep-chested dogs, especially those weighing 100 pounds or more, have a higher risk of developing bloat, along with middle-aged to older dogs. Great Danes, in particular, have a 40% chance of developing this condition in their lifetime. However, smaller dogs can also develop bloat, although it is much rarer. 

If your dog is predisposed to bloat, a prophylactic gastropexy surgery can be performed to prevent GDV from occurring. This surgery involves suturing or tacking the stomach to the body wall, which prevents it from twisting. This procedure can be performed at any time in healthy dogs that are breed predisposed to developing bloat, and it is recommended that it is done when they are younger. 

We understand that stomach bloat is a scary and stressful situation for you and your furry friend. However, by being aware of the signs of GDV, seeking veterinary attention immediately, and considering prophylactic gastropexy surgery, you can help prevent this life-threatening condition from occurring. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns. We are here for you and your furry friend.❤️

Note: The advice provided in this article is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet’s condition, please make an appointment with your veterinarian.

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