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What is Canine Bloat?

Bloat is more accurately called Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV), a condition where the stomach fills with gas or food and twists on its long axis. GDV can occur in any breed of dog or cat, but large breed, deep-chested dogs are more predisposed to this condition (German Shepherds, Great Danes, etc). Clinical signs include repeated unproductive retching, restlessness, abdominal distension, drooling, and ultimately collapse. This is a true emergency that without immediate surgical correction will be fatal. If your pet displays any of the clinical signs described, please take him to a veterinarian immediately.


Every year Metropolitan Veterinary Associates organizes a 5K run/walk (leashed participants are encouraged to join) with all proceeds benefiting local non-profit animal rescue organizations.  To learn more about the MVA5K click here.

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