Do you know what Bloat is in Dogs?

by Melissa R. on August 15, 2012

Do you know what Bloat in dogs is?

Do you know what Bloat in dogs is?

From our PetEducation.com website, Bloat is described as “Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) is also known as “bloat,” “stomach torsion,” or “twisted stomach.” Bloat is an extremely serious condition, and should be considered a life-threatening emergency when it occurs. There are no home remedies for bloat, therefore dog owners must contact their veterinarians immediately if they suspect that their dog has bloat. Dogs can die of bloat within several hours. Even with treatment, as many as 25-33% of dogs with GDV die.”

YIKES! Now that is scary stuff. As a previous Irish Setter owner, I knew what Bloat was because dogs with deep, narrow chests are more prone – such as Irish Setters, Great Danes, St. Bernards, Weimaraners and others (see the list and risk rank here)

I was always scared my Setter would get Bloat, so I was very aware of recommendations to prevent Bloat.

• I made sure water was available at all times (of course!), but that it was limited directly after feeding.
• I fed my dog twice a day, rather than just 1 large feeding, in a quiet calm location
• I also placed a ball in her bowl, to encourage slow eating
• Before or after meals, I made sure my dog didn’t engage in any vigorous exercise that would cause her to pant or gulp excessively

I was also aware of the signs:

• Swollen, distended stomach
• Non-productive vomiting, retching
• Restlessness
• Rapid, shallow breathing
• Abdominal pain

Thankfully, my Irish Setter never got Bloat, but being aware that it was a possibility and what to do to prevent it from happening to us was very beneficial. Be sure to research your breed of dog, to see what they may be susceptible to.


About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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