To confirm a diagnosis of gastric torsion, we will take x-rays of your dog’s abdomen and test their urine. Other conditions that look similar include food bloat from overeating or bacterial infection.
If your pet is in shock when you arrive at our veterinary clinic, we will first stabilize them. If your dog is in cardiovascular distress, our vet in Omaha will treat those problems first. Once the heart has been stabilized, we can then treat the bloating. Depressurizing the abdomen, which we do by intubation, relieves the pressure on your pet and reduce the symptoms they are experiencing.
Once your dog’s stomach has been depressurized, we will evaluate the health and position of other organs. We may need to perform surgery to move the spleen and the stomach to their correct positions.
If your dog is prone to gastric torsion, we can perform surgery to affix the stomach so it does not rotate. If we think your dog is a good candidate for this surgery, we are happy to discuss it.
Other preventative measures include feeding your pet more frequent, smaller meals and resting your dog after heavy eating or drinking.