Treatment Type: Diagnostic Procedures
Rated for: German Shepherd Dog
Posted Jul. 4, 2018
Clinical signs, though they vary based severity of the condition, are fairly specific and point us in direction of GDV, especially if they're combined with breed and age related risk factors. Despite this fact, there are still some other conditions we have to consider and exclude before getting the dog ready for surgery which is necessary to resolve GDV.
Abdominal x-rays are quite conclusive way to diagnose GDV, and distinguishing between simple dilatation and dilatation-volvulus (GDV). Simple dilatation can be resolved without surgery and is much less complicated condition, while full on GDV is much more problematic and always requires surgical treatment.
To distinguish between those two on an x-ray, we look for so called "Popeye's arm" sign, which occurs due to volvulus and displacement of different stomach parts, making them appear as though someone is flexing their lower arm over the massive biceps, like Popeye would.