A recent article we published went over how to identify gastric dilation volvulus (GDV) in your dog. As a refresher, GDV is where a dog’s stomach becomes so bloated with gas that it begins to twist in on itself. This is a life-threatening condition that needs prompt treatment. While GDV can happen in any breed at any age, there are ways to reduce the chances of it happening.
Instead of feeding your pet one large meal a day, try feeding them two or three smaller meals. This reduces the chances of them eating more air in one sitting.
Reduce the speed at which they eat. Fast eating can lead to GDV as dogs accidentally swallow air with their food. Try to slow them down by getting a dog bowl designed to slow down eating. You could also try putting a large rock in their bowl. This forces the dog to eat around it, slowing them down. Just make sure the rock is large enough that they won’t try to eat it.
Drinking large quantities of water right after a meal can be a contributing factor. Try to limit the water you provide them at mealtime, and wait an hour after eating before letting them drink a lot of water.
GDV is a serious condition. If you suspect your pet has it, get them to a vet hospital immediately to get treatment.