GASTRIC DILATION VOLVULUS (GDV) – BLOAT IN DOGS – AN EMERGENCY CONDITION.
Bloat in dogs (also called a GDV) is a life-threatening disease characterized by bloating of the stomach (belly) with air. You may notice your dog is uncomfortable, salivating or vomiting, and appears suddenly much larger or ‘fatter’ around the belly than normal.
The most common breeds affected are large, deep-chested dogs including Great Danes, German Shepherds and Wolfhounds, however any dog can be affected.
Bloating of the stomach is followed by twisting of the stomach (volvulus). As swelling continues, your dog will be in severe pain and shock develop. This is a true surgical emergency, and immediate surgery is required. The time taken to get to your nearest veterinary clinic is very important in the outcome for your dog. This is a life-threatening condition. Please contact us immediately at Centre for Animal Referral & Emergency if you are concerned or phone (03) 9417 6417 .
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