Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (Bloat):

Gastric Dilatation And Volvulus (GDV): What Causes It?

Gastric Dilatation And Volvulus (GDV): What Causes It?

Gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) is a life-threatening emergency condition that affects predominantly deep-chested large breed dogs. Gastric dila-what? You’re probably more familiar with the term bloat. And if you don’t know that one either, and own a large, deep-chested breed, you better do your homework quick. Introduction Gastric dilatation and volvulus is as deadly as cancer, except it kills…

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Gastric Torsion in Dogs: Jack’s Emergency Surgery

Gastric Torsion in Dogs: Jack’s Emergency Surgery

Gastric torsion, also known as gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) is a life-threatening condition in dogs. Large, deep-chested breeds are especially susceptible. Some of the breeds at risk are Great Danes, Dobermans, Weimaraners, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, and Saint Bernards. Any dog parent, however, should be aware of the symptoms. Symptoms of gastric torsion come on fast and include: distended/swollen…

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Is Unproductive Retching an Emergency?

Is Unproductive Retching an Emergency?

A dog who is trying to vomit but nothing is coming out is a major emergency. This is a telltale sign of GDV/bloat! Most problems come with a combination of symptoms. Rarely will your dog exhibit a sole symptom or a sign. With some issues, it is important to consider them in context. Some, however, are reason enough to seek…

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