Soon after your meal, does your dog look nervous, drool abnormally, and try to vomit without success? He may suffer from gastric enlargement-torsion syndrome (SDTE), and if there is, time is running out. And for good reason, without the immediate intervention of a veterinarian, the end result is unfortunately always fatal.
Characters that are not always easy to identify
Have you ever heard of abdominal enlargement-torsion, also called stomach upset? It is a relatively common disease in dogs and is fatal in most cases. Therefore, it is better to know how to identify it so that you can react as quickly as possible!
But the symptoms of this condition are not always easy to detect. Or else they may not allow awareness of the urgency of the situation. The most common are:
- The dog appears restless , turns in a circle, seeks the attention of his master, even groans. He suffers and tries to make it known as stomach upsets are a very painful syndrome.
- Il bavemuch or at least more than usual.
- He tries Vomitbut to no avail.
- His stomach changes hard and swollen.
- He bends over (his back spins).
- Her mucous membranes (gums, lips) turn pale.
- He experiences difficulty breathing .
- Il lying on his sideand unable to ascend.
If your dog has one or more of these symptoms, go to the nearest veterinarian immediately. In fact, surgery is necessary. If nothing is done, the animal will die after a few hours.
Big dogs suffer the most
Only dogs are affected gastric dilatation-torsion syndrome. In effect, cats do not have this fatal risk . But some dogs are more susceptible to it than others. This is especially true for large dogs with a deep chest, and especially for giant breeds.
Thus, the Dachshund, Leonberger, German Shepherd, Doberman, Boxer, Labrador, Beauceron, Rottweiler, Newfoundland, Setters, Weimaraner, or St. Bernard suffer much more than small dogs.
It should also be noted that although this syndrome sometimes occurs for no apparent reason, older dogs and dogs whose parents have already performed SDTE are more likely to experience stomach upset.
How to avoid stomach upset?
The causes of upset stomach are not always understood, but it rarely happens by chance. In fact, this condition is fairly easy to prevent. And for good reason, the stomach can only spin on its own if it’s full enough. Here are the different situations that can lead to a dog’s abdominal distension-torsion syndrome:
- The meal was swallowed too quickly (watch out for greedy and / or stressed dogs).
- Walking or game session after a hearty meal (Wait at least 2 hours. Otherwise, divide the daily dose into two or three meals).
- Too much water absorbed too quickly (preferably small amounts of water throughout the day).
- Too much airabsorbed (to avoid this, do not lift the bowl and always feed your dog in a quiet place).
Good to know : Even if you manage to take your dog to the vet on time, it is not immune to recurrence or complications. Vigilance, so vigilance!