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Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) in Dogs

By January 15, 2013

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GDV bloat x-ray

For those of you who have dealt with Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), I do not have to tell you how scary it is. This serious health condition, also referred to as bloat, results from a dog's stomach filling with gas and/or food and expanding, then twisting. It is painful and extremely life-threatening.

Most owners of large and giant breed dogs like the Great Dane have heard of GDV. While this condition is most common in bigger dogs, it can technically happen to any dog. Be sure you know the warning signs of Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus and how to proceed if your dog is affected. Every minute counts!

Have you had a dog with bloat? Please share your story with readers like you.

Image courtesy of Georgia Veterinary Specialists


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