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Dog Dry Heaving in Austin, TX

Dog dry heaving is a condition that many dogs never experience. However, if your dog does experience dry heaving, it's important to know that these symptoms could be indicative of a serious problem. At Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin, we can diagnose pets that experience dry heaving, and provide treatment whenever necessary.

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What Dog Dry Heaving Means

Dog dry heaving looks similar to vomiting, but unlike vomiting, it produces little or nothing. The three most common causes for dry heaving are Esophageal Foreign body, Esophageal Dilation and Gastric Dilation-Volvulus or GDV.   All three conditions can be life-threatening but GDV is an extremely serious condition that can be fatal if not treated urgently and properly. Pets who experience GDV will also display the symptoms below:

  • Pale gums

  • Rapid pulse

  • Bloated abdomen

  • Salivation

  • Difficulty moving or standing

  • Muscle weakness

  • Discomfort

  • Hard stomach

  • Nausea

When this condition occurs, your dog will not vomit (only dry heave), and may appear bloated and painful in the abdomen. If this occurs, it's important to get your pet medical treatment right away. While your dog may not be experiencing GDV, it's important to get your dog immediate medical attention, in case the condition is GDV.

What is Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus

GDV is a condition that occurs when a dog's stomach fills up with gas or food, and eventually twists out of position. This condition can lead to many serious problems, such as shock, respiratory destress, and possible rupture of the wall of the stomach. Without medical attention, this can be a fatal condition.

Which Dogs Are At Risk for GDV

Any dog can get GDV at any time, however, the dogs that are most at risk for this problem include:

  • Large deep-chested big dogs

    Though small and big dogs are able to get GDV, this problem is more likely to occur in larger dogs.
  • Males

    Both sexes can get this condition, but male dogs are more likely to get GDV than female dogs.
  • Older dogs

    Older dogs are more vulnerable to gastrointestinal problems like GDV.

In addition to these factors, meal size and the position of your dog's bowl can also put your pet at risk. Dogs that eat one large meal per day instead of two smaller meals per day are more likely to get GDV. Raising your dog's bowl up closer to his or her head can also put your dog at greater risk for this condition.

Contact Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin

If your dog begins to dry heave or experiences gastrointestinal discomfort, come see a veterinarian at Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin. These symptoms are serious and will need treatment right away. Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin has a skilled team of professionals waiting to help pets like yours. We'll be happy to help your dog get the treatment he or she needs in order to make a full recovery. We proudly serve the people of Austin, Leander, Cedar Park and Pflugerville. Contact us today at (512) 331-6121 north or 512-899-0955 south .