Bloat and Gastric Torsion

Image of a dog in the emergency room.

Bloat and gastric torsion is a serious condition and your pet should be rushed to the emergency room if this occurs. Certain breeds of dogs with deep chests and narrow waists, such as hounds, bouvier des Flandres, or doberman pinschers are more susceptible to a syndrome of gastric torsion and bloat.

This occurs when the stomach twists on its supporting ligaments and the contents begin to release gas pressure. A similar disease is seen in cattle and horses as well. Dogs who experience such an attack are very susceptible to another which is usually more severe, and this is one case where immediate veterinary care is needed, normally requiring abdominal surgery to prevent a recurrence.

Emergency Contact

Emergency Contact Numbers:
After Hours
Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital
Woburn, MA
781-932-5802
Bulger Veterinary Hospital
Lawrence , MA
978-725-5544
BluePearl
Waltham, MA
781-684-8387

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We are closed Monday- Saturday from 12:00pm- 1:00pm for lunch.

Monday:

8:30am

6:00pm

Tuesday:

8:30am

8:00pm

Wednesday:

8:30am

6:00pm

Thursday:

8:30am

8:00pm

Friday:

8:30am

6:00pm

Saturday:

8:30am

4:00pm

Sunday:

Closed

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