Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Gastric dilatation and volvulus syndrome (GDV) is a life-threatening emergency that occurs in dogs when the stomach dilates and twists into an abnormal position. Signs include vomiting/retching, pacing, bloated abdomen, and progressing to not wanting to stand/walk and shock. Without prompt medical attention, this condition is fatal. Unfortunately, about 30% of dogs that develop GDV do not survive.
In GDV, the stomach rolls and pinches off the openings leading in from the esophagus and out to the intestines. This prevents the dog from vomiting or belching and gas starts to build up in the stomach causing to expand like a balloon. If the stomach twists enough, the spleen and major blood vessels in the area twist as well. Twisted blood vessels cause a loss of blood to the stomach and other organs which can cause considerable tissue damage. This blood flow blockage can also affect the heat leading to low blood pressure, and eventually, shock. In some cases, the stomach ruptures from the buildup of pressure and leads to life-threatening infection in the body.
Risk Factors for Bloat
We are not sure exactly why GDV’s occur in our pets, but some noted risk factors include:
Deep-chested breeds (Akita, Great Dane, Bouvier, Boxer, Labrador Retriever, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, etc…)
Drinking large amounts of water immediately after eating
Eating a single, large meal daily
Eating from a raised feeding bowl (In one study, about half of the dogs with GDV had a history of eating from a raised feeding bowl.)
Exercising vigorously on a full stomach
Gulping down food very quickly
Having a relative who has had GDV
If your dog is showing any signs of GDV or Bloat, call your veterinarian immediately.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease (Borreliosis) is an infection caused by bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted by deer ticks and can infect many different animals, including dogs, cats, and humans.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
- Wednesday & Saturday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!