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Gastric Dilatation Volvulus: This Life-Threatening Emergency Kills 30% of the Dogs It Afflicts

It can develop extremely fast (as little as 20 minutes till shock sets in). Yet the first signs of trouble can be subtle. Unfortunately, she won't survive this life-threatening emergency without surgical intervention. Find out whether your dog is predisposed, and be ready to act fast.

gastric dilatation volvulus dogs


  • Gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), or “bloat,” is a life-threatening condition that primarily affects large and giant-breed, deep-chested dogs
  • GDV occurs when the stomach bloats due to a buildup of air and gas, and then twists around on itself, impeding blood supply to internal organs
  • Dogs at high risk for GDV are certain large and giant breeds, those fed primarily dry dog food, indiscriminate eaters, and dogs who are exercised or given large quantities of water right after eating
  • Symptoms of a GDV emergency requiring immediate veterinary care include a bloated stomach, and retching or vomiting

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