Stomach twisting: These are the symptoms you need to know to save your dog

The stomach torsion is a relatively recurring condition among dogs of any breed or lack thereof. This is a condition in which the entry and exit of the stomach is restricted, which is why gases cause inflammation.

Gas bloating can compress important veins, putting your dog at real risk for cardiovascular disease. 

Due to the compression of the veins, the death of the tissue inside the stomach, known as necrosis, can occur, which could lead to death.

Treatment is always surgery and as immediate as possible. Veterinarians usually perform an intervention that allows the inflamed stomach to be decompressed, but not all dogs survive this type of operation.

Why happens?

Although it is not well known why it occurs, it has been seen that torsions occur in those dogs that are exposed to constant stress, those that swallow their food without chewing, eat very quickly, inhale a lot of air or if their dry food is filled with water in the stomach.

It is more common to see it in large breeds, such as the Saint Bernard, Great Dane, Doberman or German Shepherd. In small dogs it is unusual, but it is recurrent in older ones.


According to the veterinary magazine Ein Herz Für Tiere, you should be aware of:

  • Dogs become impatient, constantly moving between walking, standing and lying down again
  • Tries to vomit but can’t
  • Salivate a lot
  • Their pulse increases
  • Have trouble breathing
  • Swelling in the stomach
  • They are placed in position as a greeting to the sun: with the front legs resting on the floor, and the back legs outstretched
  • The inside of the mouth is white

 With the passage of time, these symptoms will get worse, so do not try to treat it yourself, it is best to take it immediately to a vet. 

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