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Stomach rotation in dogs: causes and risk factors


It is often unclear what causes a dog's stomach to turn. However, it is believed that several factors must come together for the stomach to turn. Large and older dogs in particular have an increased risk. Large breed dogs, in particular, like the Great Dane, have an increased risk of stomach rotation - Shutterstock / belu gheorghe

The causes of gastric twist in dogs - also known as torso ventriculi - have not been scientifically clarified and can vary individually. In addition, there are certain risk factors that increase the occurrence of this disease, which can be classified as an emergency.

Possible causes of stomach rotation in dogs

Possible causes of torsional ventriculi include hasty food intake or the consumption of large amounts of feed. Fermented food can also cause the stomach to turn. Because this ensures an increased gas formation in the stomach and thereby a strong expansion of the digestive organ. As a result, stomach rotation may occur. Stress is also one of the triggers for stomach rotation.

Even though there are many possible causes and risk factors for ventriculi torsion in dogs - experts assume that usually several factors come together before the stomach actually turns.

Torsio ventriculi in dogs: risk factors

Large dogs with a wide chest are particularly at risk. Because her abdominal cavity offers the stomach enough space to twist. These include dog breeds such as mastiff, boxer, doberman or shepherd. In addition, gastric rotation is more common in older than young dogs. Therefore, it is suspected that weak connective tissue favors the disease. However, young or small dogs can also be affected. In addition, special caution is required if your four-legged friend has already survived a stomach rotation: If the stomach is not surgically fixed, torsion ventriculi occurs again in 80 percent of the cases.

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