How to tell if your dog has bloating

Bloat or Gastric-Dilatation Volvulus (GDV)

Do you know about bloating in dogs? Evidently not too many people, specifically animal lovers, are aware of this…

According to an Animal Hospital, Gastric dilatation-volvulus, or bloat, as it is commonly called, is a life-threatening condition that primarily occurs in large, deep-chested breeds of dogs. However, even owners of small breeds of animals should also be concerned.

Examples of these breeds includes Dobermans, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Greyhounds, and any type of Setter. However, bloat can occur in any breed of dog. Remember to pay close attention to your dog’s chest area. Bloat occurs when air, fluid or foam accumulates abnormally in the stomach, causing it to expand. This may or may not be accompanied by a twisting of the stomach. If the stomach twists on itself it is a case of GDV. Dilatation of the stomach by itself is not a life-threatening condition, but when GDV occurs it is an emergency situation and the prognosis for your dog is extremely guarded. Only about 50% of dogs diagnosed with GDV survive.

No one knows exactly what causes bloat, but there are some theories on how to prevent it. It is recommended that you feed your dog multiple small meals throughout the day rather than one large meal, as well as not letting him eat or drink too much within one hour of exercise. This can be a challenge since it seems most dogs like to eat just about anything and a lot of anything.

Bloat occurs extremely rapidly. Signs of bloat include an obviously expanded stomach, repeated unsuccessful attempts to vomit, drooling, and general abdominal discomfort. This is usually evidenced by pacing and general restlessness. The abdomen will feel like a drum. If this occurs in your dog, rush him to a veterinarian immediately! This is a potentially life-threatening situation that can only be resolved by immediate veterinary intervention.