The Silent Killer - Gastric Torsion
- Bloat - know your dog, know the signs, it could save
As a dog owner of many years, and
always concerned with health issues, my dogs and I have
been VERY lucky to have escaped this terrible condition
for over 30 years, recently I was faced with this
situation, this condition, and believe me it's not nice.
The first thing I'd say to anyone is KNOW your dog, know
his shape, his ways, know him inside out, the second
thing I'd say to you is if at any time you are faced
with one or more of the following signs then don't delay
get your dog to a VET as SOON AS POSSIBLE , you could
have a life threatening situation on your hands, it's
better to be told you've over-reacted than to be faced
with everything that we've been faced with I promise
Gastric Torsion - Bloat
does kill, time is of the essence, you have no time to
spare every second is vital - Gastric Torsion -
Bloat is a LIFE THREATENING SITUATION a TRUE
Typical symptoms often include some
(but not necessarily all) of the following.
Unfortunately, from the onset of the first symptoms you
have very little time (sometimes minutes, sometimes
hours) to get immediate medical attention for your dog.
Know your dog and know when it's not acting right.
Attempts to vomit (usually unsuccessful) may
occur every 5-20 minutes
This seems to be one of the most common symptoms & has
been referred to as the "hallmark symptom"
Doesn't act like usual self
Perhaps the earliest warning sign & may be the only sign
that almost always occurs
Significant anxiety and restlessness
One of the earliest warning signs and seems fairly
"Hunched up" or "roached up" appearance
This seems to occur fairly frequently
Bloated abdomen that may feel tight (like a drum)
sounding hollow when gently tapped
Despite the term "bloat," many times this symptom never
occurs or is not apparent
Pale or off-color gums
Dark red in early stages, white or blue in later stages
Lack of normal gurgling and digestive sounds in the
Many dog owners report this after putting their ear to
their dog's tummy
Heavy salivating or drooling
Foamy mucous around the lips, or vomiting foamy mucous
Unproductive attempts to defecate
Licking the air
Seeking a hiding place
Looking at their side or other evidence of abdominal
pain or discomfort
May refuse to lie down or even sit: apparent weakness,
may stand spread-legged
Cold mouth membranes
Especially in advanced stage
**Accelerated heartbeat as bloating progresses**
Forget any home remedies you may
have they simply won't work!
Many dogs don't even make it to the
surgery, they're found by their owners to be dead on
arrival, many will not be able to with stand the surgery
it's self, we're talking major surgery here, many will
sadly develop complications, and there may come the
point where your vet no matter how caring and eminent in
their field just cannot do any more for your dog, at
that point you need to make your decision - probably one
of the hardest decisions you'll ever have to make but
you'll have to make it. Yes the mortality rate is
We need more information on this
terrible condition, noted to affect deep chested dogs
but can, and does affect almost all breeds, we need more
research, we simply need to know more!!!! We need
more accurate advice on care of deep chested dogs etc.
there's some good information out there these days but
beware there's also a lot of utter rubbish! Until
we unite and have a voice we won't be heard, all breed
councils should be looking into this horrific condition,
it's the second highest killer condition of dogs, and
this is the 21st century, if that doesn't make you stop
and think, it should!
If what I've written here can help
save just one dog, then it's been worth my sitting here
doing it through a haze of inner pain and unanswered
questions. For anyone who wonders what happened to
Chubbs, well I'll tell you, he fought the battle for 5
days, complications set in and sadly he could fight no
more, despite the best care and all the love that
If you've experienced this
condition for yourself we'd be grateful if you could
take just a moment to answer a few questions, that may
help others in future. Thank you.
1. When did they notice symptoms. After meal,
day/night. After walking…?
2. Was your dog operated on straight away?
3. Where they actual torsions or dilatations?
4. Did they have a pexie and did they have their
5. What is the survival rate?
6. What did you feed afterward and when?
Did it happen again, if so how long after?
Age of affected dog?
you prefer not to give your name for any reason that's
fine too, we just need answers, it's a starting place.
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