Dog Bloat

February 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Dog Health

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Fast Eating Fidos Risk Death

The number two killer of dogs is canine bloat, also known as Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV). This lethal bloating of the stomach can kill in less than an hour. While there are numerous factors that can contribute to a dog’s likelyhood of getting canine bloat a dog’s eating habits is the biggest factor.

Deep-chested breeds are more likely to experience dog bloat, any fast eating dog is at risk, especially if they also drink water around their mealtime. The symtoms of canine bloat include: frequent and unsuccessful attempts to vomit, significant anxiety or restlessness, hunched appearance, silent stomach (no gurgling or digesting sounds), bloated or tight (drum-like) abdomen, or your dog simply isn’t acting normal (bizarre out-of-character behavior).

Here is a video which shows the signs of dog bloat:

If you suspect your dog has canine bloat, immediately take your dog to the veterinarian. If you have a fast eating dog, and are concerned about the possibility of dog bloat there are three important things you can do: be vigilant, keep the veterinarian’s emergency number handy, and feed your dog from a bowl with obstructions.

There are a variety of bowels that are designed to slow a dog’s eating. I recommend a stainless steel bowl with a raised center. This type of bowl is easy to clean, discourages microbacterial growth, and most importantly slows your dog’s eating. As always, please check with your veterinarian for all the latest information about canine bloat and how to prevent it.

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