Gastric Torsion

Description: Gastric torsion, or commonly known as bloat or gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV) is a life-threatening condition seen in larger dogs. Behind cancer, it is the second highest cause of death for dogs. It occurs when the stomach twists over itself, blocking gastric passageways. Bloat is typically caused by eating or drinking large quantities too quickly or exercise after eating. If not immediately treated, dogs may survive for up to a day, but it will ultimately lead to fatality.

Symptoms: A dog experiencing bloat will act very restless and anxious. They will have a tight chest, and possibly also foamy saliva. Other symptoms include attempts to vomit, gagging, shallow breathing, and pacing.

Causes: Gastric torsion is typically caused rapid eating or drinking, or consuming too much water after eating. It may also be caused by stress or anxiety. Exercise just after eating or drinking can lead to a greater risk of bloat.

Treatment: If your dog displays symptoms of gastric torsion, it is important to seek immediate veterinary care. Treatment involves immediate surgery as untreated animals have little to no chance of survival.

Example claim:

Total claim amount: $4,110.10
Deductible applied: -$0
Ineligible costs (exam fee, emergency consultation): $243.00
10% co-insurance: -$386.71
Trupanion repaid: $3,480.39


Gastroplexy cost: $1,200 without complications, up to $5,000 with complications

Breeds prone to Gastric Torsion include: