On top of this research, I have experienced this condition in my own dog, Lance. Lance is an English Springer Spaniel, which is far smaller than many of the breeds who commonly get GDV. Following a trip during which Lance stayed in a kennel, he immediately went to the water bowl upon arriving home because the kennel did not properly hydrate him. Following this, due to his excitement of being home, Lance proceeded to run around the yard. What followed were not immediate symptoms, but a development over several hours. It began with a distended stomach, but followed with vomiting and constant panting. Lance came home at around 3:00 that day, and by 6:00 the next morning he was clearly in jeopardy of losing his life. He looked a shell of the dog he was when he came home, and my mother rushed him to the vet. After an emergency surgery and 3 days of monitoring, we decided Lance should be moved to the comfort of his home for what would likely be his final days despite the recommendation of the vet. Miraculously, Lance recovered from GDV at home and recently celebrated his 13th birthday, but many dogs are not this lucky. No matter what breed of dog you have, we urge you to look out for signs of this medical emergency.