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Gastric Torsion - GDV or

"

BLOAT

"

and how

to

recognise it

.


Reading this page and being aware could save your dog's life!



 

 

Gastric Torsion or

"

Bloat

"

is a very serious health risk for many large and medium sized, deep chested breeds (i.e. boxers)

   

and yet many

dog owners are unaware of this condition which can lead to death within hours if not recognised and treated

   

immediately.


 

 

It makes no difference if it is a dog or a bitch, young or old, but it can occur suddenly in a perfectly healthy dog.


 

 

The scientific term is

"

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus

"

(GDV) or

"

Gastric Torsion

"

but most people

just

refer to it as

"

BLOAT

"

.

 

 

It is characterised by a rapid and abnormal stomach expansion with air, fluid and/or foam followed by a stomach rotation

   

which closes

both the entry and exit, blocking the veins to the abdomen leading to low blood pressure, shock, damage to

   

internal organs and, unless

treated in less than 20 minutes, can end in a

n extremely

painful death.


 

 

"

Bloat

"

should always be treated as a medical emergency

because

it can kill a dog within hours after the onset

and although

   

the cause

is

unknown

,

boxers are one of the breeds susceptible to it.




How To Help The Prevention Of

"

Bloat

"



 

 

The following guidelines could help to prevent the occurrence of bloat and these suggestions are based on suspected risk

   

factors but are

not guaranteed to prevent the onset of

"

bloat

"

.


 

 

1.  Do not feed one large meal every day but feed small amounts of food frequently, two or three times daily.


 

 

2.  Avoid any exercise 1 hour before and 2 hours after any meal.


   

3.  Do not allow your dog to drink large amounts of water immediately before and after eating a meal or after exercise.


 

 

4.  Try to restrict your dog to very small amounts of water only.


 

 

5.  If you have two or more dogs, feed them separately to avoid any stressful eating.


 

 

6.  If possible, feed at a time when after-feeding behaviour can be observed.


 

 

7.  Try to avoid any abrupt changes of diet.




Digestible foods



 

 

Another recommendation is frequent feeding of a good quality, highly digestible food with normal fibre levels. Feeding

   

management

offers the best method available for reducing risk until the exact cause of

"

bloat

"

can be identified.


 

 

Although not 100% effective, the above measures can reduce the number of dogs that face this serious, life threatening

   

condition.


 

 

We have had 4 of our own dogs with this condition - we saved two but two died very painful deaths because we were unable to

   

get to the

vet quickly enough to save them.


 

 

Below is an email from someone who, having read this page and saved the chart below, was able to act when

"

BLOAT

"

occurred

   

and so

saved her boxer from a certain painful death.



   Dear Jackie & Pete,

    I don't know if you remember me, the crazy Belgian doctor who gave up her job for her rescue boxer, but now I'm sending this
    email to sincerely thank you. After reading your bloat flow chart, I printed it and put it in my wallet. Yesterday evening Watson
    had his usual dinner and afterwards I took him to play with his Jack Russell friends which are a 25 minute drive. He started
    playing as usual and afterwards my friend and I were having a drink (thank god I didn't have my usual glass of wine) and
    Watson was happy and relaxed at my feet, panting, but that wasn't a surprise after a vigorous playing session. Watson gained a
    bit of weight and the vet commented on it and as I was telling this to my friend I looked at him and laughingly told her: "look, his
    harness is becoming a bit tight". Thanks to your flow chart alarm bells started ringing, I felt his pulse and his heart was racing,
    then he vomited. I could literally see my dog swell. So, I called the vet, put him in the car and drove like a madwoman. When we
    arrived, she had everything prepared for emergency surgery, but we were just in time, so he got away with gastric
    decompression and a night on an IV drip with stomach protection etc. I cannot thank you enough as I'm sure that, if I had never
    seen your scheme I would never had recognised the symptoms this fast. I was a bit ashamed that my vet had everything ready
    for emergency surgery, but she said it was a close call, minutes could have made the difference between surgery and if I hadn't
    been aware and put him to bed (it is not the first time he vomits some white foam), he would surely have passed away during
    the night. THANK YOU! Apart from all this, at the moment Watson is showing "normal boxer behaviour" and I do think people
    sometimes give up to soon, not to mention my doubts about some reasons for putting them up for rehoming. Although boxers
    really need a loving and understanding home, I assume they're better off with somebody who really wants them.

    Warm regards,
    Katrien & Watson

AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE EMAIL ABOVE, IT COULD SAVE YOUR DOGS LIFE!


PLEASE COPY AND SAVE THE CHART BELOW


(right click on the chart, select

"

save picture as

"

and then select

"

desktop

"

)



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