What Is Bloat & How To Avoid It

, What Is Bloat & How To Avoid It

What Is Bloat & How To Avoid It

Bloat or GDV (Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus) is a time-sensitive medical emergency which causes the stomach to rapidly fill with gas and/or fluid and then flip upon itself.

Signs:
• Swollen or distended and painful abdomen
• Retching
• Restlessness or pacing
• Excessive drooling
• Rapid breathing

Treatment:
• Diagnostics such as x-rays to confirm the condition
• Treat for shock and stabilize for surgery (because up to 90% of affected dogs will have this reoccur, a procedure called a gastropexy is usually performed to tack the stomach to the abdominal wall to prevent it from twisting

Prevention:
• Divide food into 2-3 meals a day instead of just one
• Slow down fast eaters
• Wait an hour after feeding before rigorous exercise
• Reduce stress & anxiety

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