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.
- Great Dane
- Irish Wolfhound
- Irish Setter
- Standard Poodle
- German Shepherd
- Other deep-chested breeds
- Deep-chested mixed breeds
- Swollen or distended abdomen
- Painful abdomen
- 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