The Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital

08 8952 9899

17 Elder Street, Alice Springs
After Hours : 03 8644 6104

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV)

What is a Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus?

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV for short) is when the contents of the stomach after a feed can weigh the stomach down causing it to “flip over” and twist at either the end or during exercise. Gas then forms in the stomach and is unable to escape – thus causing a “bloated” appearance. The extreme pressure can cause tissue to die and even the stomach to rupture. Animals in this condition can deteriorate very quickly as toxins build up in the body.

Signs to look out for?

• Bloated abdomen

• Panting (from stress and/or discomfort)

• Restlessness

• Inappetence

• Collapse

• Pale gums

Breeds that commonly suffer from this condition?

Usually is more of a problem in large, deep-chested breeds such as the Great Danes, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Boxers, etc.

How is this treated?

Once GDV is confirmed by radiograph, surgery is often required to untwist the stomach.

If you are experiencing an emergency outside our normal business hours please call our afterhours emergency line on 1800 838 247.