We thank the Troy Veterinary Clinic of Troy, Pennsylvania and Rick Kavanaugh for supplying us with this information

Emergency In-field Treatment
of Gastric Dilation/Volvulus

Two to 3 - 1"/20ga hypodermic needles are placed in the right flank just behind the costal arch, to relieve gas in the stomach prior to transport to a veterinarian.

needle placement diagram

The area should be aseptically cleaned prior to performing gastrocentesis with an antiseptic scrub such as Betadine, or at least an antibacterial soap and alcohol.

Remove needles when bulging goes down and the area seems to be near normal. Transport at once to a veterinarian's office. Bring one needle with you in case you are delayed. If so, do it again and remove the needle.


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