General information on Bloat
Bloat is caused by overloading the stomach thereby putting undue pressure on it; exercising after feeding; hereditary defect. A loop forms in the intestine which blocks the digestive tract.
Symptoms of Bloat
The symptoms of bloat are restlessness, slobbering, gagging, depression, swollen stomach, weakness, and racing heart. Agonizing death occurs if not treated quickly.
Treatments for Bloat
If you suspect bloat seek immediate veterinary care. Usually the air in the stomach is released through a tube which is placed down the trachea into the stomach. Surgery is then required to correct the twisted intestine.
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Bloat experience by - Cathy
I was home when my dog bloated - uncomfortable to sit or lie down, threw up saliva and mucous, paced in the house. Since I was unfamiliar w/ bloat at that time, it took me about 45 minutes to realize he was seriously ill and might be bloating. We went immediately to the ER (15 minute drive), where he had immediate corrective surgery (within the hr). My dog did survive, and minus a few minor digestive difficulties is in excellent health to date. His surgery was about 2 yrs ago.
If you suspect your dog is bloating, immediately take him to the vet. Dogs that are bloating (have gastric torsion) are in a lot of pain. You need to either have the corrective surgery or euthanize your dog right away. Dogs do not recover on their own from this, and it is very painful. The faster you get them to the hospital, the more likely you (your capable vet) will be able to save him/her. The longer you wait, the higher the chances of complications (cardiac, for example) and the less likely the surgery is to be successful. Also - there's always a chance that your dog has "bloated" but has not flipped the stomach - in which case you can non-surgically treat your dog and save him from a likely stomach flip.
Also - my dog has always eaten 2 small meals, did not consume large quantities of water before or after his meal, had not exercised w/in an hr of eating, and had no (known) underlying medical condition that precipitated the bloat. He bloated anyways. Some dogs are simply at greater risk - old and nervous dogs among them. So, even if you think you're doing your best to prevent it, still keep an eye out for the symptoms - especially if you have a large breed dog with a deep, narrow chest that is older or anxiety prone.
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