Keeping your pets happy and healthy means staying on the lookout for serious health conditions. Bloat is an often overlooked health problem that affects many dogs. Also referred to as Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus, or GDV, this serious condition needs quick medical attention. Keep reading to learn more.
What You Need To Know About Bloat
This gastric condition causes a dog’s stomach to fill up quickly with gas. The gas-filled stomach can then rotate within your pet, causing the stomach to flip over. This will eventually cause a blockage for the animal to both the entrance and exit of the stomach. This can be a very dangerous situation. When left untreated, this condition can be fatal.
Common Symptoms of Bloating
One of the most common symptoms of this condition is retching. You may see your animal appearing to vomit but nothing comes up.
Another common symptom can be excessive drooling. The drool may appear foamy. You may also notice your animal panting a great deal. There will be a distended stomach, and the animal may start to pace around, trying to find relief. If the condition is causing them pain, they will start to whine or cry. There can be other causes of these symptoms, so getting your dog to an emergency vet as quickly as possible is important if any of these symptoms are manifesting.
How To Relieve Bloating in Dogs
It is very important that you do not try to treat your dog yourself. Remember, this can be a life-threatening condition. Your animal needs to be seen by a vet as soon as possible. Call your vet ahead of time so that they can prepare for your dog’s arrival.
The vet team will perform X-rays to determine if the problem is indeed caused by GDV. If so, the team will attempt to relieve the stomach pressure for your animal. Your dog will need to undergo a surgical procedure to correct this problem. You will need to be prepared for your dog to go under anesthesia. You will also need to be prepared for your dog to spend a recovery period at the vet.
Our team at the Canine Country Club can help with emergency situations such as these.
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