In-Hospital Mortality for Dogs with Bloat

06/16/2020

CHF Grant 01937-B: Evaluating the Complex Genetic Basis of Bloat

Publication: Sharp, CR, Rozanski, EA, Finn, E, Borrego, EJ. The pattern of mortality in dogs with gastric dilatation and volvulus. J Vet Emerg Crit Care. 2020; 30: 232– 238. 
https://doi.org/10.1111/vec.12932


What can we learn?
The goal of this study was to describe in-hospital mortality in dogs with gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV or bloat) with a focus on pre-operative death. The records of 498 dogs (representing more than 50 different breeds and mixed breeds) from the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine from 2001 – 2011 were examined.

Five outcome groups were created (percentages represent portion of total dogs):

Survivors Survived to discharge 64%
Non-survivors Euthanized pre-operatively 23%
  Euthanized intra-operatively 4%
  Euthanized post-operatively 3%
  Natural death 6%


Conclusion: Pre-operative euthanasia with no intent to treat accounts for the majority of mortality associated with GDV in this population. Even though treatment leads to more than 80% survival, focusing efforts on disease prevention will save more lives.

Help Future Generations of Dogs

Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.

Learn How to Help

Connect With Us:
Get Canine Health News:
Please leave this field empty
American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, Inc

8051 Arco Corporate Dr.
Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27617
(888)-682-9696

Tax ID# 13-3813813

   2020 GuideStar logo

© 2020 AKC Canine Health Foundation | Privacy Policy | Site Map

Site by Blackbaud, Inc.

Powered by Blackbaud
nonprofit software