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Like an Expanding Balloon in Your Pet’s Tummy, This Can Kill in Only Hours

If you overindulge, you may feel uncomfortable, but usually there's nothing to worry about. With certain dogs (especially these 12 at-risk breeds), it can be a death sentence. Know the early warning signs and solutions to help your pet on the way to the emergency clinic.

gastric dilatation volvulus surgery

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • A recent study revealed the vast majority of dogs who undergo surgery for gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), also called bloat, survive this life-threatening event
  • The study also suggests dogs most likely to develop GDV are purebred and over 88 pounds, and the risk increases as they age
  • Previous studies show there are several other potential risk factors for bloat primarily involving diet, eating habits and exercise
  • GDV is a life-threatening situation, and immediate veterinary intervention is required to save your dog’s life
  • Guardians of high-risk dogs can take a number of steps to help prevent the development of GDV

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