Just the other night, a friend called me in a panic, thinking that his dog was dead. He has a purebred German Shepard, and the dog had finished eating and then soon after, he said his dog went down like a brick. I told him to call the emergency vet and get there ASAP.
After tests and worry and shock, come to find out, his dog was suffering from Bloat.
I briefly mentioned this disease on a post I did back in November, and now that it has come up again, I wanted to go over it more in depth as it can be a scary situation if not treated immediately.
Bloat is also known as Gastric Dilation-Volvulus, (when too much gas or foam builds up in a dog’s stomach) which causes problems when the stomach can twist 90 or 360 degrees. This creates a “seal” so that the rest of the digestive system is cut off, where the dog cannot get expel the gas or foam, making the stomach enlarge. Kind of think of it as a balloon stuck in a small space and it keeps on inflating. That is the pain that the dog goes through when they are unable to purge what is making their stomach essentially expand.
There isn’t that much that is known in preventing Bloat from happening, other than recognizing the possible signs and being educated as to what Bloat actually is and acting fast when the symptoms appear.
While not much is known in the cause, some factors can be when a dog gulps their water, or gulps their food down too fast. Getting slow feeding bowls can help, feeding them good, healthy food, and using a good water fountain type dish can help. Larger breed dogs are more at risk than smaller dogs of developing this.
Major symptoms to watch out for are:
- Stomach distended
- Nausea and attempting to vomit without being able to
- Showing severe discomfort
- Excessive drooling
Please read on to find out more about bloat. Keep watch on your dog when they are eating and drinking and make sure they are not gulping too much air. If your dog collapses or shows any of the symptoms above, please call your vet or the emergency vet (keep the number on the refrigerator and programmed into your phone). Time is of the essence in treating bloat.
Posted on July 26, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged bloat, canine bloat, disease, dog, dogs, education, emergency, gastric disease, stomach distended, symptoms, treatment, veterinarian. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.