Dogs Stomach Problems & Bloat Can Be Life Threatening

A Dog’s stomach problems, such as bloat or twisted stomach can be serious as this informative video explains…

Listen as Dr. Karen Becker discusses the frightening and deadly condition known as bloat, or twisted stomach. Learn whether your dog is a high risk breed, what signs to look for, what to do if you suspect GDV, and steps you can take to help prevent the condition.

Dr. Becker’s Comments:

“GDV, or gastric dilatation volvulus, is a condition seen in dogs also known as twisted stomach or bloat.

Not all dogs that experience stomach bloating end up with volvulus, which is torsion (twisting) of the stomach. A dog’s stomach can fill up with gas and air and stay in position.

GDV describes a condition of bloating in conjunction with the stomach twisting on itself, which pinches off the blood supply and causes a host of other dangers to a dog’s health.

This is absolutely a life-threatening condition. There’s a 30 percent mortality rate associated with GDV. If you have a breed of dog at high risk for the condition, you should know the signs and symptoms. It is imperative you get your pet to a veterinarian immediately if you suspect a case of bloat.

If you’re unsure if it’s simply bloat or bloat with stomach torsion, you should still take immediate action and get your dog to a vet. The only way to tell the difference between simple bloating and GDV is with an x-ray. Due to the high mortality rate associated with GDV, it’s much better to be safe than sorry, so get your pet seen right away.”

Signs and Symptoms to Watch For

“The signs your dog may have GDV are not subtle and include:

  • Bloating, in which your dog’s belly grows very big with air.
  • Episodes of unproductive belching, retching or vomiting. Your dog’s body is trying to expel air collected in his stomach.
  • Intense abdominal pain that can prevent the dog from moving around.
  • Initial restlessness followed shortly by a moribund (close to death) condition.
  • Shallow, rapid breathing and pale gums.

If you see any of these symptoms in your dog, you should get him to your vet or an emergency animal clinic immediately.”

For the rest of this informative article visit Dr. Mercola’s site about health.

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