GASTRIC TORSION(GDV) or

"

BLOAT

"

and how to recognise it.


Reading this page and being aware could save your dog's life!



GASTRIC TORSION or

"

BLOAT

"

is a very serious health risk for many large and medium sized, deep chested breeds

(i.e. boxers) and yet many dog owners are unaware of this condition which can lead to death within hours if not

recognised and treated immediately.


It makes no difference if it is a dog or a bitch, young or old, but it can occur suddenly in a perfectly healthy dog.


The scientific term is

"

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus

"

(GDV) or

"

Gastric Torsion

"

but most people just refer to it as

"

BLOAT

"

.

It is characterised by a rapid and abnormal stomach expansion with air, fluid and/or foam followed by a stomach

rotationwhich closes both the entry and exit, blocking the veins to the abdomen leading to low blood pressure,

shock, damage to internal organs and unless treated in less than 20 minutes, can end in an extremely painful death.


"

BLOAT

"

should always be treated as a medical emergency because it can kill a dog within hours after the onset and

althoughthe cause is unknown, boxers are one of the breeds susceptible to it.















Dear Jackie & Pete,

I don't know if you remember me, the crazy Belgian doctor who gave up her job for her rescue boxer, but now I'm sending this
email to sincerely thank you. After reading your bloat flow chart, I printed it and put it in my wallet. Yesterday evening Watson
had his usual dinner and afterwards I took him to play with his Jack Russell friends which are a 25 minute drive. He started
playing as usual and afterwards my friend and I were having a drink (thank god I didn't have my usual glass of wine) and Watson
was happy and relaxed at my feet, panting, but that wasn't a surprise after a vigorous playing session. Watson gained a bit of
weight and the vet commented on it and as I was telling this to my friend I looked at him and laughingly told her: "look, his
harness is becoming a bit tight". Thanks to your flow chart alarm bells started ringing, I felt his pulse and his heart was racing,
then he vomited. I could literally see my dog swell. So, I called the vet, put him in the car and drove like a madwoman. When
we arrived, she had everything prepared for emergency surgery, but we were just in time, so he got away with gastric
decompression and a night on an IV drip with stomach protection etc. I cannot thank you enough as I'm sure that, if I had
never seen your scheme I would never had recognised the symptoms this fast. I was a bit ashamed that my vet had everything
ready for emergency surgery, but she said it was a close call, minutes could have made the difference between surgery and if I
hadn't been aware and put him to bed (it is not the first time he vomits some white foam), he would surely have passed away
during the night. THANK YOU! Apart from all this, at the moment Watson is showing "normal boxer behaviour" and I do
think people sometimes give up too soon, not to mention my doubts about some reasons for putting them up for rehoming.
Although boxers really need a loving and understanding home, I assume they're better off with somebody who really wants them.

Warm regards,
Katrien & Watson



As You Can See From This Email, Being Aware Could Save Your Dogs Life!


Please Copy And Save Th

is

Chart

How To Help The Prevention Of

"

BLOAT

"


The following guidelines could help to prevent the occurrence of bloat and these suggestions are based on suspected risk factors but are not guaranteed to prevent the onset of

"

BLOAT

"

.


1.  Do not feed one large meal but feed small amounts of food frequently, two or three times daily.


2.  Avoid any exercise 1 hour before and 2 hours after any meal.


3.  Do not allow your dog to drink large amounts of water immediately before and after eating a meal or after exercise.


4.  Try to restrict your dog to very small amounts of water only.


5.  If you have two or more dogs, feed them separately to avoid any stressful eating.


6.  If possible, feed at a time when after-feeding behaviour can be observed.


7.  Try to avoid any abrupt changes of diet.



Digestible foods


Another recommendation is frequent feeding of a good quality, highly digestible food with normal fibre levels.

   

Feeding management offers the best method available for reducing risk until the exact cause of

"

BLOAT

"

can be identified.


Although not 100% effective, the above measures can reduce the number of dogs that face this serious, life threatening condition.


We have had 4 of our own dogs with this condition - we saved two but two died very painful deaths because we were unable toget to the vet quickly enough to save them.


Below is an email from someone who had read this page, saved the chart below and was able to act when

"

BLOAT

"

occurred and so saved her boxer from a certain painful death.


            Swindon, Wiltshire,     UK,Co-ordinator:   Jackie Drew Admin:     Peter Gillies rescuing dogs for nearly 40 years     kennel club registered








   Huey - 24/11/04 to 29/4/13

                 

Thames Valley Boxer Rescue











   Huey - 24/11/04 to 29/4/13

Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.     Co-ordinator: Jackie Drew.      Admin: Peter Gillies.      rescuing dogs for nearly 40 years.     kennel club registered.