What happened? When a dog bloats, the stomach turns over itself. The other name for this condition is Gastric (stomach) Dilatation (distention) and Volvulus (twisting) – GDV. It is more common in “deep chested” dogs, think Boxer and Doberman. After the stomach has twisted, the outflow tract is obstructed and the stomach begins to fill up with gas. The end result is that the dog goes into shock, the stomach fills up so much gas that sections of it loose blood flow and begin to die. The dog can easily die if this emergency is not addressed immediately. Often these dogs need to be taken to emergency surgery to have the stomach emptied and set back into proper position. Their recovery from surgery is also rough and requires constant supervision. I dodged a bullet that day, but thought you all should know about this and what to look for. I saw it happen in my own baby first-hand. My advice to you, do not wait to go to the emergency hospital if you see these signs. The sooner the dog receives medical attention, the better the potential outcome.
Dr. Amy Hellard
West Chester Veterinary Care (WCVC)