Bloat and Your Senior German Shepherd; A Matter of Life or Death. What You Need To Know.

Updated: Apr 10

Bloat, or Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) also known as Gastric Torsion, is a life-threatening condition that can happen to any dog breed of any age, but it typically occurs in deep-chested, larger breeds, such as German Shepherds. Bloat (GDV) occurs when the stomach fills with air and possibly food (dilates rapidly) and twists, which cuts off the blood supply to the intestines and prohibits blood from returning to the heart. This results in tissue death quickly if not treated immediately by emergency surgery. More often seen in German Shepherds, particularly older male German Shepherds 7 to 12 years of age, bloat has become more common in dogs as they’ve been bred for an increasingly slimmer physique. We here at Woody’s Place Senior German