GDV is a life-threatening condition that often develops very quickly. Left untreated a GDV will rapidly lead to death.
GDV is when the stomach bloats (fills with gas) and twists, trapping the gas. Once the stomach has twisted, gas continues to accumulate, which causes severe bloating and is very painful. The stomach can’t twist back and the only cure is an operation to correct it. GDV causes serious illness very quickly. Around 1 in 3 dogs that develop a GDV die, even with treatment.