Bloat or Stomach Dilatation in Dogs
GDV is an emergency condition requiring patients to be hospitalized and aggressively treated. If secondary cardiovascular problems are apparent, they will need to be immediately treated. After the heart is stabilized, gastric decompression can be performed, preferably with orogastric intubation, a process by which a tube is inserted through the patient’s mouth into the stomach. After these processes are complete and the patient is stabilized, surgical measures may be taken to return internal organs (such as the stomach and spleen) to their normal positions. Additional treatment may be needed to address any organ damage. A permanent gastropexy, in which the patient’s stomach is surgically secured to prevent future improper rotation, may be done to prevent recurrence of GDV.
Living and Management
General care after initial treatment includes administration of painkillers, along with any other necessary medications. Activity should be restricted for approximately two weeks, especially after surgery.
While the exact causes of GDV are unknown, there are a number of risk factors that can be addressed, namely avoiding strenuous exercise after eating and drinking. Slowing the rate of food consumption may also help, as well as feeding frequent small portions, rather than infrequent larger portions.
A type of slime that is made up of certain salts, cells, or leukocytes
The study of the laws of inheritance n living things; may also be referred to as breeding
The process of passing a stomach tube from the mouth to the stomach
The flow of blood through bodily tissue
A medical condition in which the patient has an abnormally fast heartbeat
The fixation of the stomach to the wall of the abdomen through surgery
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
The process of making something larger by dilating or stretching it
Having a hard time breathing; breathing takes great pains
Anything having to do with the stomach
A medical condition in which the small intestine and stomach become inflamed
The widening of something
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