Gastric Dilation-Volvulus (GDV)
The following article from the American Kennel Club (AKC) talks about a very dangerous condition often called bloat. Click here to read more about the condition and your Weimaraner. It has three-pointers for preventing bloat. Here they are in an abbreviated format.
- Slow down their eating
- Keep them calm for 30 minutes before and after eating.
- Feed several small meals
~ Forego strenuous exercise before and after meals. We realize how this must seem because in the next breath we suggest you feed several smaller meals a day–at least two and three is even better. The surgical procedure and intervention for GDV is very costly. It is one reason we recommend you retain pet insurance. There are many things that can shorten your Weimaraner’s life. Some of them have to do with the breed in general–they are a high-energy interactive and engaging type of dog. They get into trouble way too often.
The symptoms of bloat appear much the same as an upset stomach. It is hard to tell if you have an emergency until it might be too late. Although we (Cliff and Shela) do have firsthand experience with this happening, we know it does happen in the deep-chested Weimaraner. Some clients who came to us suggested their vet mentioned you could use Gas X — we suggest you might ask your Veterinary for his advice.
Online advice includes this tip–check here for the full article.
A product containing simethicone, such as Mylanta-Gas or Gas-X, may help if given at this time, and should always be kept available. Simethicone breaks up gas bubbles in the stomach and may relieve the pressure. If it does not, the dog needs to get to the vet now. Waiting can be fatal.
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Gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV), commonly known as bloat or twisted stomach, is an extremely serious condition that could develop into a life-threatening emergency. There are no home remedies and an owner who sees symptoms of the condition must take his pet to a veterinarian immediately. Dogs can die of bloat within a matter of hours.
The classic symptoms of bloat are:
- An enlargement of the dog’s abdomen
- An affected dog will feel pain and might whine if you press on his belly
Bloat emerges suddenly and can strike a healthy, active dog. Though the cause is not precisely known, it typically develops after a dog has eaten a large meal or consumed a large amount of water after eating or exercised vigorously after eating.
Gastric dilation in one part of the condition and this build-up of air in the dog’s stomach doesn’t always develop into the volvulus, an extremely dangerous part of the condition. Volvulus occurs when the bloat puts pressure on the diaphragm, making it difficult for the dog to breathe. The air-filled stomach also compresses veins, preventing blood from returning to the dog’s heart. Furthermore, the condition can cause the stomach to rotate, cutting off blood supply to the stomach.
The mortality rate for GDV is nearly 50 percent. Even with emergency treatment, as many a one-third of afflicted dogs die.
Large-breed dogs with deep chests, such as Great Danes, German Shepherd Dogs and St. Bernards, are anatomically at a greater risk of bloat that smaller breeds.