What is GDV?
GDV occurs when your pet’s stomach becomes distended with gas or fluid and then twists on itself, trapping the contents inside. This condition can cause a variety of complications, such as decreased blood flow to vital organs, rupture of the stomach wall, and shock. GDV is most commonly seen in large breed dogs, and it can be triggered by factors such as exercise after a meal, eating too quickly, or drinking large amounts of water.
What are the Symptoms of GDV? The symptoms of GDV can vary depending on the severity of the condition, but some common signs include:
- Abdominal distension
- Unproductive retching or vomiting
- Restlessness or pacing
- Weakness or collapse
- Difficulty breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
If you suspect that your pet may be experiencing GDV, it is essential to seek veterinary attention immediately.
What is the Treatment for GDV? Treatment for GDV typically involves stabilizing your pet’s condition through intravenous fluids, pain management, and supportive care. Once your pet is stable, they will need emergency surgery to untwist the stomach and address any complications, such as tissue damage or bleeding.
At VIP Animal Hospital, we understand the urgency and severity of GDV, and we are equipped to provide prompt and comprehensive care to pets experiencing this condition. If you suspect that your pet may be experiencing GDV, please contact us immediately. Our experienced veterinarians will be happy to discuss this condition with you and help you make an informed decision about your pet’s care.