Bloat – How to RecognizeBy
It can happen to any dog, but it usually happens to big dogs. It strikes males more than females, and if not treated, can kill within hours. Bloat or GDV is similar to stomach gas at first and can be treated in early stages with a dose of Mylanta Gas, Gas-X, or any product containing simethicone.
SIGNS OF BLOAT:
- Enlarged / distended abdomen
- Showing discomfort
- Attempts to throw up
Not every case is extreme, and the problem may go away, but if it does not, or gets worse, it becomes a medical emergency. Contact your veterinarian immediately if swelling continues or worsens. A vet can insert a tube into the stomach to relieve the pressure, but you have to get your dog to the vet quickly.
DANGERS OF EXTREME BLOAT:
- Pressure on heart, lungs
- Reduce blood flow to heart, spleen
- Cardiac arrest
- Stomach burst
- Stomach torsion, “twisted stomach”
There is no direct cause and affect with this problem, such as a bacteria or virus that a vet can treat with antibiotics or vaccinate against. Bloat is usually the result of a combination of factors that might have no affect on most dogs, but can bring about a life-threatening situation in others. Owner awareness of the problem is the first step in preventing its occurrence.
- Eat smaller meals
- Drink smaller amounts of water at a time
- No vigorous play right after meals
- Reduce overall stress
For more information, please visit ASPCA.
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