German Shepherd Dog > GDV (1 replies)
by Doppelganger on 10 June 2011 - 20:41
|From the FCI newsletter:|
Gastric dilatation / volvulus (GDV) - What should you know?
Great Dane, German Shepherd, Irish Setter, Gordon Setter, Rottweiler, Standard poodle, Weimaraner, American Akita, Bloodhound, Rough Collie, Irish Wolfhound, Newfoundlander, Saint Bernard – they are all dog breeds that have a genetic predisposition for GDV. The mortality is estimated at an average 30% in dogs. The recurrence rate for dogs with this problem is on average 11% over a period of 3 years.
Up to now two risk factors have been found that are linked to feeding: giving one meal a day and eating too fast. However, the nature of the food apparently is not a real factor. In addition, feeding one single type of food increased the chances of GDV, but this was true for all types of food equally. New is that when feeding dry food, the size of the kibble plays a role with a higher risk with kibbles smaller than 30 mm. So, is feeding with kibbles really more dangerous? Not really. The gastric dilatation is not caused by the kibbles fermenting in the stomach but by swallowing large amounts of air (aerophagia).
What is the advice for dog owners?
An often-performed operation, gastropexy, does have a use in prevention. Gastropexy can extend the recurrence period to 547 days, compared to 188 days and with mortality for the Rottweiler decreased by a factor of 2.2 and by a factor of 29.6 for the German Shepherd.
However, do note that patients with GDV undergoing this type of operation can still suffer a gastric dilatation occasionally.
Dr. Wim Van Kerkhoven – Viyo International
by momosgarage on 12 June 2011 - 03:34
|These items have been well discussed here on the forum. I had a GSD dog bloat and survive with no tissue damage. Not only did I catch it quickly, but the emergency vet I wet to had done a lot of bloat surgeries. He is a standard poople breeder and has had his own dogs bloat. So I am pretty sure the situation could not have been any more ideal. He said, from what he has observed in over 25 years as an after hours emergency vet is that bloat is likely genetic and not preventable . Doing the above is better than nothing, but will not stop bloat from occuring if the dog is genetically predeposed to the condition. He said the most common condition he see as an after hours emergency vet is bloat. As far as he is concerned the dogs that survive are the ones whose owners are most aware of the symtoms and bring the dog in early.|