Description: A life-threatening condition in which the stomach twists over itself, blocking gastric passageways. It is common in larger dog breeds. Also known as bloat or gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV). Bloat is typically caused by eating or drinking large quantities too quickly or exercise after eating.
Symptoms: Tight chest, attempts to vomit, gagging, shallow breathing, and pacing.
Treatment: Treatment requires immediate surgery as untreated animals have little to no chance of survival.
More information at this bloat article.
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Gastroplexy cost: $1,200 without complications, up to $5,000 with complications