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Gastric torsion, also known as bloat, gastric dilation or GDV, is a serious, life-threatening condition that occurs when a dog’s stomach dilates and twists on its short axis. Gastric torsion can lead to the progressive distension of the stomach, increased pressure on the abdomen, damage to the cardiovascular system, cellular damage and organ death. If your dog is experiencing complications from gastric torsion, our emergency veterinary hospital in Studio City is fully prepared to treat this condition with emergency surgery. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is essential to saving your pet’s life.
Symptoms of gastric torsion (GDV) include abdominal pain, depression, anxious behavior, excessive drooling, and vomiting to the point of dry heaving. Depending on the severity of your dog’s condition, your dog may also be suffering from labored breathing, an extremely rapid heartbeat, and a weak pulse. Since GDV can put a serious strain on internal organs leading to organ failure and even death, immediate treatment is critical. If you suspect that something is wrong with your pet, even if you are not sure that your pet has gastric torsion, it is still best to contact our emergency veterinary hospital as soon as possible. A full assessment can determine the exact nature of your dog’s distress. If gastric torsion is the cause, our emergency veterinarians are ready to take immediate, lifesaving steps.
With gastric torsion, every minute matters. Our experienced emergency veterinary team will promptly perform essential diagnostic exams to determine the severity of your pet’s health condition and next steps for treatment. Diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays, is the primary method for diagnosing GDV. GDV is an emergency condition requiring immediate hospitalization and aggressive treatment. Our primary concern is to stabilize any secondary cardiovascular complications. Once these are stabilized, our veterinarian will perform gastric decompression to stabilize the patient. In some cases, additional surgical procedures may be necessary to return organs to their correct positions. Depending on your dog’s health, a permanent gastropexy securing the stomach may be necessary to prevent future rotation.
If you suspect that your pet is suffering from gastric torsion, immediately contact Animal Emergency Centre at (818) 760-3882. Our Studio City emergency pet care center is the premier veterinary emergency room and the top choice for discerning pet owners in the Los Angeles CA area. Unlike most animal hospitals, we deal solely with emergency, walk-in clients.
While the exact causes for gastric torsion are not fully known, risk factors include strenuous exercise after eating and drinking. Feeding pets several, smaller food portions throughout the day, rather than one large portion at once, can also help lower the risk for gastric torsion. Once your pet has experienced a gastric torsion, the risk for future problems is increased. Gastropexy is a surgical procedure that will permanently secure your pet’s stomach and reduce the likelihood for additional complications. Our Studio City emergency veterinary care team will discuss the best treatment and prevention options that are appropriate for your pet.