title=”Gastric torsion in dogs is no less scary than distemper”
The term gastric torsion in dogs may be a bit new to you, but it’s not unlikely to happen in dogs. Many people feed their dogs for convenience in their daily lives before taking them out for exercise; or in hot weather, dogs come home to gulp down water immediately after exercise. All of these behaviors have a high chance of making your dog suffer from gastric torsion!
I. What is gastric torsion
The stomach is turned over by a great external impact. The spleen and stomach are connected by ligaments, so generally both the spleen and stomach will twist together.
When the stomach is twisted, the blood cannot pass through, which can lead to ischemia and trauma to the rest of the internal organs, necrosis, and death by shock. Once a gastric torsion has occurred, the dog’s health can take a turn for the worse and his life can be critical, and he may die within hours. Even in dogs with treatment, the mortality rate is 25-33%, and there is a 50% chance that survivors will not fully recover.
II. Causes of gastric torsion
In general, it has to do with the motility of the stomach, and breed and genetics are also tied to this condition.
1. When the dog’s stomach is empty, it does not shake and flip. Once the stomach has weight for example, after eating and drinking a lot of water, then panting rapidly causing a lot of air in the stomach, and there is a great external force that makes the stomach shake, it may form a gastric torsion.
2. Great psychological stress can also cause gastric torsion, such as: dog racing, mating, having puppies, boarding, and just arriving at a new home.
3. Other factors that predispose to gastric torsion
1 Age. Older, bigger dogs are prone to it, and dogs over 7 years old are twice as likely to have gastric torsion as dogs 2-4 years old.
2 Gender. Male dogs are more likely to have gastric torsion.
3 Body size. Dogs that are thinner in stature are more likely to have gastric torsion.
4 Temperament. Dogs that are more anxious and nervous and easily scared are more likely to have gastric torsion.
Symptoms of gastric torsion
Irritability; dry vomiting wanting to vomit all the time but not being able to; white gums in the mouth; hard, swollen, painful abdomen; heavy drooling; arching of the back; splenomegaly; shortness of breath or difficulty; shock, etc.
IV. Gastric torsion prone dog breeds
It usually occurs in large and giant deep-chested dogs, and less frequently in small dogs and cats. Because large dogs are strong, the stomach has more room to move in the abdominal cavity, and when there is food or water in the stomach it is easy to cause the stomach to shake dramatically during vigorous exercise.
Among the breeds that are prone to it are Great Danes, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and others.
V. Treatment of gastric torsion
When a dog has gastric torsion, don’t hesitate to take him to the doctor.
VI. Ways to avoid gastric torsion
Gastric torsion is not a chronic condition and there are no precursors. However, by paying attention to the following points, you can best avoid gastric torsion in your dog.
1. Feed your dog regularly and quantitatively, and don’t let him eat too much. The first thing you need to do is to make sure that you have a good idea of what you are doing.
2. Avoid letting your dog eat too fast.
3. Give your dog plenty of water, but avoid drinking a lot of water after a meal. Drinking water expands the food, which can increase the burden on your dog’s stomach and the likelihood of gastric torsion.
4. Avoid giving your dog strenuous exercise an hour before or two hours after a meal, or doing something that will make your dog feel nervous.
5. Avoid feeding foods that may produce gas, such as soybeans, peas, etc.
6. If you want to change the type of diet, take 3-5 days to get your dog used to it.
7. Do not feed too much food at one time; it is best to divide it into 2-3 meals.
8. It is best for breeds that may occur to eat alone and in a quiet place.
To conclude, the likelihood of gastric torsion in dogs is still very low when you pay attention to a healthy diet and healthy scientific feeding of your dog. If, unfortunately, an accident occurs, please get to the doctor as soon as possible. The sooner the dog is seen in the hospital, the better the chance of recovery.