On today's episode of Twin Trees Vet Talk, we welcome our very special guest, Dr. Mike King. Dr. King is a Veterinary Surgery Specialist at Canada West Veterinary Specialists in Vancouver, BC (Canada).
Dr. King helps us answer a question from a pet owner who asks: "How to prevent GDV in dogs- aka "Bloat""
We discuss GDV / gastric dilatation and volvulus ( some times called "bloat" or twisted stomach in layman's' terms), and describe how the stomach fills with gas, distends and twists. This is a life threatening emergency and requires immediate treatment and surgery. For dogs that are at high risk, there is a preventative surgery called a prophylactic gastropexy that prevents the stomach from twisting. We hope you enjoy this episode! Please leave your questions and comments below!
00:45 Intro + Q) how can I prevent GDV
01:06 how the stomach twists and bloats
01:33 GDV emergency surgery to untwist the stomach
01:52 common breeds and risk factors for GDV/ Bloat
02:04 surgery to prevent GDV
- GDV: A TRUE EMERGENCY NOT JUST BLOATING:
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- Video footage of Bloating Akita:
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- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
- AKC Guide to Responsible Pet Breeding
- AKC Breeder Education Courses
- Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership
- Responsibilities of Pet Ownership
- Animal Shelter in Houston
- Pet Statistics (ASPCA)
- Canadian Animal Shelter Statistics (Humane Canada)
- Where to find a purebred or mixed breed rescue pet
- CVMA Position Statement on Responsible Pet Breeding
- AVMA Passes Policy on Responsible Pet Breeding
- A Code of Practice for Canadian Kennel Operations
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3 BEST PIECES OF ADVICE FROM THE EMERGENCY VET THAT COULD SAVE YOUR PET'S LIFE
1) DON'T WAIT TOO LONG TO GET HELP! If you wait too long, it could be too late. This is especially true for concerns such as laboured breathing, pale gums and weakness. You know your pet best, so if you are worried or concerned, "when in doubt, check it out!"
2) PREVENT THE PREVENTABLE. Learn as much as possible about dangers that face your pet, such as household poisons, seemingly harmless objects (like toys, clothing, garbage and rocks), other animals, and vehicles. Pets are like toddlers and they need a responsible adult/babysitter to protect them from danger. Puppies and kittens need to start their vaccines at ~8 WEEKS (and they need boosters too!) to protect them from deadly diseases.
3) BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST CASE SCENARIO. Have a plan in place, know your nearest emergency clinic, have the ASPCA phone number on speed dial. Know basic first aid training and CPR. But MOST IMPORTANTLY, BE FINANCIALLY PREPARED. The cost of medical treatment in an emergency, and the owners' ability to pay for it, is probably the most important factor that determines whether a pet will receive the medical care it needs. The best way to protect yourself is to have good medical insurance for your pet. Do your research.
**REMEMBER**: WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM, with the best interest of the patient as everyone's first priority. Let your vet do what he/she does best, and don't try to grab the steering wheel and obstruct your vet from doing his/her job. We are all in the same car, we are all headed to the same place, but only one of us has the driver's license (meaning, only the vet has the medical training and background to "drive the car").
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