Category : Gastric Dilatation/Volvulus – Bloat

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Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (Bloat)

Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (Bloat) By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney, Texas What is GDV in Dogs? Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) is a life threatening condition that can occur in any dog but is most frequently seen in large breed, deep-chested dogs with narrow waists. Great Danes and Doberman Pincers are especially at risk. This condition, also known as “bloat,” arises when the stomach twists out of its normal position. This twisting (volvulus) prevents escape of stomach gases and also pinches off blood vessels to the stomach. Note the abdominal swelling in this patient with GDV. Patient is being Read more
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Veterinarian in McKinney, TX Helps You Recognize GDV in Your Pets

By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney, TX Gastric Dilatation/Volvulus (GDV) cases are among the true emergencies for a veterinarian in McKinney, TX. Time is crucial with these GDV patients, because they deteriorate so rapidly; they can go from being happy and healthy to dangerously sick within 12 hours. Recognition by pet owners is therefore essential in our efforts to save these dogs; the sooner we see them, the better our chances to save them. Breed predisposition is an important consideration, because owners of certain dogs need to be more aware of this disorder to spot it early. Great Danes are the most likely breed to Read more
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Prevention of Gastric Dilatation/Volvulus

Prevention of Gastric Dilatation/Volvulus By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney, TX Gastric Dilatation/Volvulus (GDV), also known as “Bloat”, is a true emergency situation seen most commonly in larger breeds of dogs, but which can occur in any dog or cat in certain situations.  The syndrome involves an abnormal twisting of the stomach that constricts the esophagus and duodenum. Stomach contents that are then trapped in the stomach  produce gases that dilate the stomach to create the abdominal+ swelling seen with this condition. Large, deep-chested dogs are predisposed for GDV, and many factors can be involved in stimulating an Read more