Animatch Blog

A Word from Dr. Plasse

Last week, I unfortunately had to confirm the death of a Great Dane. While on vacation in  St-Michel-des-Saints, his owner did not recognize the signs quickly enough and it was already too late when he finally decided to return to Montreal to consult his veterinarian. A diagnosis of gastric torsion was issued. Émile, our patient for many years, could not be saved.

Gastric (dilatation) torsion is a rare condition which mainly affects Great Danes and Dobermans (and some German shepherds). It can occur in all deep-chested breeds.

The stomach is held in position by several ligaments and suspended like a hammock. When the animal is given a large quantity of food in one meal, that food goes to the bottom of the stomach.

When the meal is followed by vigorous exercise, the stomach swings like a pendulum in the abdomen, may flip over and become blocked at both ends. A large quantity of gas then accumulates in the stomach and the ensuing compression on vital organs leads to a loss of adequate blood flow, tissue death and the release of  toxins in the system. Breathing becomes difficult and in no time, the patient is in distress and in mortal danger.

When we own a dog from a breed prone to gastric torsion, it is extremely important to feed him more frequently and limit his activity after he has eaten and be able to quickly recognize the signs of gastric torsion should it occur despite these precautions:
 

  • Repeated unproductive gagging
  • Excessive salivation
  • Hard and distended abdomen
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weakness
  • Agitation and discomfort

The sooner your dog is treated, the greater his chance of survival.

When in doubt, consider the worst-case scenario and take him to the veterinarian without delay. Your companion's life may depend on it. 

 

Dr. Plasse                     

Members Comments

From the Animatch Blog

2019 Calendar

Sunday January 14, 2018

Animatch Gift Certificates

Thursday December 21, 2017

Animatch Fan Mail

The best dog ever

Hi Animatch, this is just a lil update about Stanley! He's doing amazingly well and we couldn't see our life without him! He's still has...

Yukon is still an adorable dog… I’m soooo in love!

Dear Animatch friends, It's been two years since the last update and I'm sorry for this delay. It'll be 6 years next Monday that I have...

More pics of Wyatt

I wanted to send another pic for Wyatt's fan mail update.

Some news of Roméo ! (Kino)

Here's my happy and lovely boy Roméo last summer! Thank you Animatch! I have the most amazing dog ever thanks to your magnificent organism! ...

Mylie

Hi Animatch, we adopted Mylie 7 weeks ago and are so happy with this girl. Our experience together with Mylie was very intense in the beginning,...

Lucky Lexus

I promised to post a photo of Lexus as she rides in her stroller with Gracie and me on our walks.

Thanks to our sponsors

  • Mon Ami
  • Del Monaco
  • Pedigree Adoption Drive
  • ScoopyDooDoo
  • Barney’s Biscuits
  • Formation Intervenants Canins
  • Danawares
  • TTS Marketing