What is dog bloat & what are the symptoms of bloat in dogs?
All dog owners should educate themselves about dog bloat (also known as GDV – Gastric Dilatation & Volvulus), since it can be a deadly condition. Bloat happens when the stomach twists into the abdominal cavity and restricts blood flow to the other organs.
What are the symptoms of dog bloat?
1 – enlarged stomach
2 – Excessive drooling
3 – pale gums and nose
4 – weakness & lethargy
5 – or excessive pacing
6 – labored breathing
7 – trying to vomit without success
8 – collapse
Being aware of the signs of dog bloat can help save your dog’s life. Dog bloat can be a deadly condition. So if your dog shows signs of canine bloat, please take him to the vet or emergency clinic immediately.
What are the dog breeds most prone to dog bloat?
Large dog breeds with deep chests tend to be more prone to canine bloat. Their physical traits make them viable candidates to be susceptible to bloat.
There are genetic factors such as ancestors who have had bloat at some point in time.
1 – Great Danes
2 – Boxers
3 – Doberman Pinschers
4 – Weimaraners
5 – German Shepherds
6 – Irish Setters
7 – Akitas
8 – Standard Poodles
9 – Saint Bernards
10 – Basset Hounds
Note that if a specific breed is not on this list they may still be at risk. Knowing how to prevent your dog from being affected and being aware of the signs of dog bloat can help save your dog’s life.
How to prevent dog bloat?
1 – Never allow your dog to over drink or overeat.
2 – Feed your dog several small meals a day instead of a large one if your schedule allows it.
3 – If you have multiple dogs, feed them in separate rooms to avoid any kind of competition.
4 – Invest in a slow-feed dog feeder to help him/ her eat more slowly.
5 – Never allow your dog to heavily exercise immediately after eating.
Bloat is a life threatening condition. It could take only a few hours to kill your dog and is extremely painful. If your dog shows signs of canine bloat, please take him to the vet or emergency clinic immediately.