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Recently Tripawds member Travis Ray of the Oaktown Pack almost lost his life to bloat, a life-threatening condition that happens when a dog's stomach expands and twists, cutting off crucial blood supply to the stomach and resulting in severe shock to the rest of the dog's body.

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Although most people think only big dogs are susceptible to bloat, in actuality it can even happen to small breed dogs. It's a terrible condition that no dog should ever suffer through and it's up to us to educate ourselves so it can be avoided at all costs.

Morris Animal Foundation is hosting a free seminar about bloat on Wednesday August 21. If you can't make it a recording will be available but you still need to register. Here is the information:

August webinar shares newest findings on dog bloat

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Imagine finding your recently fed dog retching and in obvious pain. If his stomach looks distended and he gets weaker or collapses, it might be a life-threatening situation that can cause death within several hours.

When a dog's stomach expands and twists, it cuts off crucial blood supply to the stomach and results in severe shock to the rest of the dog's body. This condition, gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV), is more commonly known as bloat. When bloat is combined with a stomach twist a dog's survival rates are grim if left untreated.

Any breed can develop it, but large, deep-chested dogs are particularly prone to this devastating disease. The reason why one dog may survive GDV and another may not has been an enduring veterinary mystery - until now.

Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski, a researcher from Tufts University, believes she is close to unlocking the secrets of this condition and hopes to improve the outcome and survival rates for dogs with GDV. With Morris Animal Foundation funding, she is searching for more effective methods of evaluating the prognosis for dogs with GDV.

"The goal of this study is to try to better evaluate why some dogs with gastric dilatation-volvulus recover uneventfully while others have severe illness and prolonged hospital stays or don't survive this devastating disease," Dr. Rozanski says.

Dr. Rozanski will discuss her promising research findings on Wednesday, August 21 during a public webinar. Register here for the webinar.

Her team has reviewed the cases of nearly 500 dogs with GDV and discovered a factor most associated with high morbidity in patients.

"This project provides us with vital information, including the potential to develop an ability to intervene in these dogs early on and prevent complications. This could help lower the mortality rate of this devastating disease," Dr. Rozanski says.

Knowing which dogs with GDV have an increased risk for death or a prolonged hospital stay will help clinicians identify those animals in need of more aggressive care and will hopefully improve survival rates.

In addition to her research findings, Dr. Rozanski will also discuss which dogs are at risk, the clinical signs and important things to know about GDV.

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Thanks, Jerry,  for providing this info.  Since I did NOT win P-ball, I'll be at work so won't be able to watch; are these types of webinars available at a later date?  My Spirit GSD, Logan, survived GDV and surgery - he bloated nowhere near mealtime and, at 12, wasn't running around like a puppyhead before it happened - no identifiable cause.  We were lucky to get him to the e-vet and have surgery.  I'm very interested now because our 3-year old quad GSD, Smokey, has a VERY narrow, deep chest and does everything in 5th gear, so I expect this to be a potential issue (along with ACL tears).

 

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Liz you're gonna have to post some pix of Smokey because as you may have guessed we're a little biased toward GSDs in my pack.

Morris has made other webinars available after the air date so I assume they'll do the same for this. When the link goes up I will share it here. Chances are I won't be able to listen either when it's live so I'd like to hear it later too.

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Just remember you asked....will see what I can dig up in the next day or so.  Will look forward to the new info.  And belated congrats and best wishes for a complete recovery to Travis Ray!!!

Liz and Roo 

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Here's the seminar:

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Oh by! Thanks for postiing tht.. Will watch kater vut really appreicate you making it availale...can't wait to discover the factor identified in hishest krbidity rate.

Thans again, for ALL yo do!

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My Mom says I am getting "tacked" this week. I don't know what means but it has something to do with "bloat."

In the meantime here is an article my vet friend Dr. Khuly wrote about this very same thing:

"Bloat in Dogs: Do You Dread It?"

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Wyatt Ray , you are one handsome GSD.  And you have very smart pawrents who love you very much.  tacking is GOOD. Bloating/GDV is BAD...VERY bad.  They're going to make sure you don't have to deal with a very scary thing.

STILL haven't watched the webinar...but it's on my list.

Had Smokey at the e-vet 2 days before Roxie passed; seemed to have swallowed something.  While sitting on the floor with him in the exam room at 12:30am, waiting for the vet to finish with a serious case, I thought if they have to go in, I'll have them tack him.  Didn't find a flocking thing, other than an inflamed esophagus, so nothing came of it but putting him on Prilosec for a month.  At least you'll have peace of mind!!  And I have my very first claim with our brand new Healty Paws policy!!!!

Smokey sends you paws-up for a speedy recovery; ask for ICE CREAM!!!

-Liz and Angel Roo and Okey Dokey Smokey Ray....heheheheh

 

 

 

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I'm so glad Smokey was OK! We GSDs gotta be healthy so we can stick together ya know.

OK, ice cream is on my list! I'll keep ya posted. Thanks for the good wishes.

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Wyatt Ray ! Tacked? This week?

That's really "tacky" of them to do that to youclown

Sending you a quick speedy recovery sweet boy! Wear your Serrif Badge into surgery so they'll kow they better do it right...or else!!

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Definitely worth the time to watch this :) like Liz and her experience, chuck bloated even though we had raised food bowls and no where near exercise. He also uncharacteristically bloated as a 6 month old puppy. Had his breeder not told us to watch for it (he actually suggested getting his stomach preventatively tacked when he was to be neutered, but he bloated just before his appt to be neutered).. I'm not sure if we would have made it to the doc in time. in fact we got there so quick and surgery took place immediately, that no damage to his organs occurred. From my understanding if the tacking is done prior to a case of bloat, the risk of it ever happening is drastically reduced whereas if it's done post bloat episode there still lies a risk of the dog bloating again. Thanks for posting the webinar!
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