Gastric Dilatation And Volvulus (Gdv) In Dogs: What You Need To Know About This Life

Gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), also known as bloat, is an acute and life-threatening condition in large and giant breed dogs. Deep-chested breeds and older dogs are more likely to develop bloat. Other predisposing factors include fearful or aggressive behavior, once daily feedings, and eating large amounts of food very quickly.

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Gastrointestinal issues are the standard for GDV. However, to most dog owners, the real cause may not always be clear. Initial clinical signs can be as simple as panting and restlessness. But non-productive retching and excessive drooling are significant indicators. There are many factors that can cause bloat in dogs. This includes foreign bodies like clothing, toys, rocks, other solid objects, and even large numbers of intestinal parasites. Excessive eating and severe food allergies can also cause blatation. If your dog has bloat or any of the clinical signs mentioned, immediately bring him to your vet. A physical examination may reveal a distended stomach and enlarged spleen. Gentle tapping on the belly may make a sound like a basketball. It is recommended to feed small meals throughout the day, at least two to three, instead of one large meal. Dry kibble and fast eating are also likely to cause problems. This can be helped by softening kibble or adding in cans of food. Special dog food bowls and toys can help slow the speed of your dog's eating. Grant Withers is an award-winning writer. He has a passion for pets and especially dogs. Grant writes about furry little darlings. He wants to teach pet parents about everything about their dogs. He is also an active fan of SitStay.

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