Feeding Basset Hounds to prevent Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV)

Feeding Basset Hounds to prevent Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV)

Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) 

 

        Many people will give different types of answers based on their experience with their Basset Hounds.  However, the scientific facts related to the feeding aspects in case of Basset Hounds need to be given emphasis during the feeding activities maintained in case of Basset Hounds.

Specially Basset Hounds they can suffere life treatning condition it is called gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV)also know as blowt and tourson they ir is no specific consequence for this but is associated with after or before eating and also when the Basset Hounds eat to much it has been proved that when Basset Hounds eat a large amount of food and drink water right after or during it causes the fod to expand biger than normal making th stomach grow and causing (GDV) causing the stomach to flip over because is to big . Another cause is related to eating in elevated plates by stretching their neck to eat it causes the air to go in ,another risk factor is with old Basset Hounds.

 

What does Basset Hound Community Blog Recommend to prevent GDV

  1. Give smaller portions 3 to 4 times a day instead of 1 or 2 large meals to prevent the formation for gases.

 

  1. Always keep the dog food in the floor to prevent the swallowing of air.

 

  1. Withhold water 1 hour before the meal and 3 hours after.

 

 

How to know if your Basset Hound may be suffering from GDV

 

Swelling in the Basset Hounds lower left side, stomach hard and like a drum ,they try to burp and they can’t ,obvious pain in distress , constant drulling and they are restless.All sings and symptons are usually presented after a large meal.

It is an illness that needs to be detected and treted immediately to prevent  circulatory collapse leading to death.

Treatment

1. They give the Basset Hounds intravenous slat solutions

2. They insert a tube trough their mouth into their stomach to release air.

3. Antibiotics

4. Surgery (Surgery is a must)

5. The Veterinary manually places the stomach in the proper position and then they sew the stomach into inner wall of the abdomen so this situation will not occur again in the future.

The percentage of  Survival Basset Hounds after or during surgery depends on the degree of shock and stomach damage that has occurred also it depends in how quickly the dog is brought into professional treatment .The quicker you bring they seek professional help the higher percentage of surviving surgery.

Ramon Diaz

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