Radiograic evidence of Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (note the "boxing glove" appearance to the grossly enlarged & gas-filled stomach)
The radiograph on the right is of our German Shepherd Dog, "Flash". In 2012. He was lost him to GDV or Bloat in 20012. This is not an uncommon medical emergency that most often strikes large, deep-chested dogs. Although Flash typically weighed in at only 65#, he is considered a large (even giant) breed dog due to the depth of his chest. Flash quickly deteriorated in the 1 hour between on-set of symptoms and arrival at the Pet Emergency Center. He was humanely euthanized due to age and poor prognosis.
If you suspect your dog is exhibiting early symptoms of GDV: - distended abdomen - stretching (play bow position is most common) - reluctant to lay down, get on/off furniture or go up/down stairs - unsettled/agitated/distressed - lethargic/depressed - panting/increased respiratory effort - pale or ashen/blue gums - hypersalivation - gagging/dry heaving without production or producing only thick, foamy or rope-like saliva - walking stiff-legged with head hanging - ataxia, weakness or collapse
Please Seek Immediate Medical Attention!
If left untreated, Bloat (GDV) is fatal!
Below is a video of Flash as we arrived at the Pet Emergency Center and awaited the results of his radiographs. This video was taken to help owners visualize the symptoms of a dog experiencing GDV and know when to seek medical attention.
The earlier Bloat is detected and treated, the better the prognosis for the patient!
Note the large distension of Flash's left side. (He was normally a very "flat" dog when laying on his side - visually you could draw a straight line between the side of his shoulder and his hip.)
Vomit produced during GDV does not contain food or fluid, only thick, rope-like saliva. This material is similar consistency to softened marshmallow.