Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV)

dog on couch

Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) is a life threatening, acute condition that requires immediate medical attention. Certain breeds are more prone to this condition: Boxers, Great Danes, Standard Poodles, Saint Bernards, Irish Setters, Dobermans, Weimaraners and Gordon Setters. These breeds are considered deep-chested (large chest and narrow waist) but any similarly shaped dog can be at risk.

Diagnosis of GDV is made based on physical examination, history and abdominal x-rays. Often GDV happens when a pet eats a large meal and then becomes very active. Initially the dog may become restless, try to vomit or retch continuously but is unable to produce any vomit. This is because the stomach has twisted, preventing anything entering and exiting the digestive system. The pressure inside the stomach starts to increase and the dog may salivate and pant excessively. As the patient's condition progresses they become lethargic, have a swollen stomach and eventually collapse. If not treated, the internal organs can be damaged and without timely treatment this condition is fatal.

The goals of treatment are to reduce the pressure in the stomach and return the stomach to its normal position. During the surgery, the stomach and internal organs are examined for damage and then the stomach is attached to the body wall to prevent a reoccurrence.

Prophylactic suturing of the stomach is sometimes advised in breeds predisposed to GDV during abdominal surgeries for other causes. Other preventative measures include restriction of exercise before and after feeding. Feed twice a day instead of once a day and not to elevate food/water bowls.



Our Location

Office Hours

Monday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

  • "Everyone is caring and attentive to Cooper. Surgery, went as planned and successful - yesterday. Thank you Dr Lillie and staff for taking such great care of our buddy."
    Lucy B.
  • "he Coastal Animal hospital are lifesavers for my Toby. 2 years ago he was having trouble walking and in pain. She helped my dachshund Who is 16 have an alternative to surgery. She has him running and living a full life after acupuncture, laser and now routine chiropractic treatment. Thank you Dr. Ferris and staff for saving my Toby. You all are angels."
    Michele P.
  • "I brought my puppy, Cherie, for her first well puppy visit yesterday. Dr. Evans and the staff at Coastal Animal Hospital are excellent! I wanted to give my puppy the best holistic care and Dr. Evans was very knowledgeable and compassionate about my concerns. I am very happy with her treatment plan to keep my puppy healthy, along with helping to keep immunization shots to a minimum! Thank you for excellent care!!"
    Lisa M.