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Pet Health Concerns: Gastric Torsion

Gastric torsion is a serious condition that causes life-threatening gastric issues for pets. With this condition, the stomach twists over itself causing blockage to occur within the passageways. Common in larger dog breeds such as the Airedale Terrier, Akita, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Basset Hound, this condition is usually caused by consuming large quantities of food and water too quickly or shortly after exercising.

Symptoms of gastric torsion, also called bloat or gastric-volvulus (GDV), are gagging, vomitting, tight chest, pacing, and shallow breathing. Due to the severity of this condition, it is important to have your veterinarian to examine your pet if this occurs. Sugery is the only treatment for this condition and if it is left untreated, it can be fatal.

By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.

Has your pet ever experienced any problems with gastric torsion? If so, we would love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.

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2 Responses to Pet Health Concerns: Gastric Torsion

  1. Heather says:

    My sister-in-law’s dog suffered from this and it was VERY scary. They had to rush him to the vet closest to the beach they were staying at for the weekend and the vet said it was a good thing they acted so fast. It was a super expensive procedure but the pup is doing just fine now – thank goodness!

  2. Deb A says:

    In the case of some of the giant breeds, Great Danes especially, preventive gastropexy is often recommended.

    Would this be something covered by Trupanion? Seems that it would make sense to me as a small surgery could save lives (and cost) down the line.

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