Dr Erin Coomer - Veterinarian (August 2103)
Also known as Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV)
This condition is a true EMERGENCY for you and your dog. If you are at all concerned that your dog is suffering from bloat/GDV, go to your Veterinarian immediately.
A dog’s stomach can become distended like a big balloon with food, water or air. The stomach can quickly become ‘bloated’. This is called a Gastric Dilatation (GD). This is a very painful condition. If the bloated stomach then becomes twisted, your dog has a GDV.
A GDV is a very serious emergency because...
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• A distended abdomen (the belly may look bloated – BUT may NOT either….)
• Retching – unable to vomit (because the stomach is twisted closed)
• Pacing• Lethargic
• Sudden change in demeanour/attitude. These dogs look sick and sad.
If you are at all concerned, take your dog to your nearest Veterinarian immediately.
All Veterinarians and their staff are aware that a ‘bloat’ is a true emergency, and you WILL be seen ASAP. If your Vet Clinic is closed – go to the nearest after hours facility.
If you are in a rural area...
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