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Bloat in Dogs

October 22, 2021
Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) is a condition commonly referred to as bloat. This is a critical medical issue for dogs, which can be fatal if left untreated.
Bloat happens when gas or food stretch a dog’s stomach. The distended stomach rotates, trapping the gas inside, and blocking off the stomach’s blood supply.
Bloat can develop quickly, without warning, and requires immediate veterinary attention.

at-risk breeds

  • Great Dane
  • Bloodhound
  • Akita
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Irish Setter
  • Boxer
  • Standard Poodle
  • German Shepherd
  • Other deep-chested breeds
  • Deep-chested mixed breeds


  • Restlessness
  • Pacing
  • Swollen or distended abdomen
  • Painful abdomen
  • Distress
  • Retching/unsuccessful vomiting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Panting/rapid breathing
  • Collapse/inability to stand

current recommendations for prevention

  • Feed more frequent, smaller meals
  • Restrict activity for 1-2 hours after meal time
  • Avoid feeding from a raised bowl
  • Prevent dogs from drinking a large amount of water at one time
  • Do not allow strenuous exercise following a full meal