Treatment Name: Diagnostic Tests: Abdominal X-Ray

Treatment Type: Diagnostic Procedures

Rated for: Saint Bernard

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Great for diagnosis as long as the patient is stable

Tabitha Wickett



Posted Jul. 27, 2018

GDV can be life threatening if not treated quickly. Often times the clinical signs alone can tell you that it is GDV. However an x-ray will give a definitive diagnosis. It is important to figure out whether the stomach is just bloated or if the stomach is twisted. The best way to figure this out is an x-ray. It will let you differentiate between the two and decide if surgery is needed.

However, if a patient is not stable then an x-ray should not be the first thing done. The first thing done should be to stabilize the patient. Once the patient is stabilized, then an x-ray can be done for diagnosis.

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