Gastric Dilatation Volvulus or “Bloat” is a life threatening disease in dogs in which the stomach has bloated and then twisted upon itself. When this happens blood supply to vital organs is restricted, blood toxin buildup occurs and your dog’s chance of survival diminishes by the minute.
This is a true veterinary emergency requiring immediate veterinary intervention.
GDV can occur in any dog, but is more commonly seen in large breed dogs like German Shepherds, Boxers, Great Danes, Rottweilers and Labradors (just to name a few). And while this condition can occur at any time, it is most commonly observed during exercise after a large meal or heavy water intake.
If you take your dog with you when you’re hiking, biking and trail running, this is required viewing. There are several things you can do to prevent this from happening and some very important things you need to know to recognize when it may be happening to your dog.
Join us for this informative discussion with veterinarian Dr. Kim De La Peza and host Craig Lassen as they breakdown every aspect of this deadly veterinary emergency.
• 00:00 Intro • 00:56 Interview Start • 01:30 Dr. De La Peza Background • 02:25 Lucy’s Story of Bloat • 03:08 Bloat Xray • 04:49 Overview of Bloat, GDV, Torsion? • 06:35 What dogs are at risk? • 08:02 What are the symptoms? • 12:02 What to expect at veterinary hospital? • 16:47 When/how is a stomach tube used? • 19:80 What happens in surgery? • 20:50 What risks exist in a GDV case? • 21:39 What are the financial realities? • 25:12 How to determine risk/prognosis? • 30:58 What are the Post-operative risks? • 33:00 When does the patient go home? • 35:55 What can be done to prevent this from happening? • 40:27 Financial tools to help with treatment costs • 42:04 The role of the veterinary team in treating emergency patients