Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (Bloat)
Gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV), commonly referred to as “bloat,” is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical intervention to increase the dog’s chance of survival.
A brief explanation of the process is:
- The dog’s stomach flips over between the esophagus and the duodenum and traps the contents of the stomach.
- Gas-producing bacteria in the stomach cause it to swell. It is also possible that the stomach swells first and then flips—either way, the result is the same.
- As the gas pressure builds and swelling increases, the stomach puts pressure on major blood vessels. This prevents blood from returning to the heart and cuts off blood supply to the stomach. Rupture of the stomach wall may also occur.
- The swelling of the stomach puts pressure on the diaphragm, which prevents the lungs from expanding, so normal breathing is impossible.
- The dog’s condition worsens rapidly and death is imminent.
To learn about the symptoms and treatment, click the link below.
More information here: http://www.gsmdca.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Bloat.pdf
Splenic torsion occurs when the spleen twists or folds, preventing blood drainage and causing the spleen to enlarge. While this typically happens in conjunction with GDV, in Swissies it can occur by itself.
Read about splenic torsion here: https://www.acvs.org/small-animal/splenic-torsion
And about splenic torsion in Swissies here: http://www.gsmdca.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Splenic.pdf
Hip dysplasia occurs when the hip joint develops abnormally, or when cartilage is damaged by a traumatic fracture. Because of the improper joint development, the joint grinds instead of moving smoothing, and over time the cartilage breaks down and the joint loses function.
We try to minimize the occurrence of hip dysplasia by breeding only dogs who have passed their hip clearances with an OFA rating of excellent, good, or fair.
The most important things Swissy owners can do to keep their dog’s hips healthy is to ensure their Swissies are at a healthy weight. (See the “Weight Concerns” section for more info)
For information about Swissies and hip dysplasia: http://www.gsmdca.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Hip-Dysplasia.pdf
For information about OFA screenings, classifications, and treatment options: https://www.ofa.org/diseases/hip-dysplasia
More info coming soon!
Link to GSMDCA info: http://www.gsmdca.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Elbow-Dysplasia1.pdf
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Link to GSMDCA info: http://www.gsmdca.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Osteochondrosis-Dissecans.pdf
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Link to GSMDCA info: http://www.gsmdca.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Website-Epilepsy.pdf
Link to GSMDCA info: http://www.gsmdca.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/UI.pdf