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Mar 20 2014

Bloat & Gastric Torsion X-ray From Neartown Animal Clinic

Smurf's Hat

The twisted stomach looks like a smurf’s hat

Bloat & Gastric Torsion is a very serious condition.

This occurs when the stomach twists on its supporting ligaments and the contents begin to release  gas pressure.  This is very painful.

The x-ray shows a smurf-hat like image which is the twisted stomach.

Certain breeds of dogs with deep chests and narrow waists, are more susceptible to bloat. These include, but are not limited to:mastiff-gracie-neartownvet

  • Great Danes
  • Saint Bernards
  • Weimaraners
  • Irish Setters
  • Gordon Setters
  • Standard Poodles
  • Basset Hounds
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • Old English Sheepdogs.

 Most commonly the condition occurs two to three hours after eating a large meal.

A similar disease is seen in cattle and horses as well.  Dogs who experience such an attack are very susceptible to another which is usually more severe, and this is one case where immediate veterinary care is needed, normally requiring abdominal surgery to prevent a recurrence. Even in relatively uncomplicated cases there is a mortality rate of 15-20%.

Your pet should be rushed to your veterinarian or animal emergency clinic  if you suspect this has occurred.

Dr. Murray at Neartown Animal Clinic’s hospital does a Gastropexy procedure to tack the stomach wall in place, which is the most effective means of prevention.  She typically does this during a spay or neuter but it can be done at any time.

If you are concerned about this problem in your own pet, please contact Neartown Animal Clinic at 713-526-1502.

NeartownVet | pet health, surgery, Veterinary

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