Dog bloat or gastric dilatation volvulus is a common yet complicated digestive issue. It generally occurs when your furry companion rapidly consumes food in great amount and gulp air with it. The dog owner should never take this condition lightly as it is a life-threatening condition therefore, you need to address it as early as possible.
When the stomach bloats, it puts pressure on other vital organs of his body which can be the cause of fatal problems like tearing of stomach wall or breathing problems etc. Due to gastric dilatation or GDV, the stomach tends to twist, which obstructs the blood flow from the heart which can potentially send your furry companion into a shock state. To prevent bloating, the foremost thing that a dog owner requires to do is to recognize the symptoms of bloating
Let’s find out how your dog will display various signs
- He will try to vomit but couldn’t be able to do it
- He will start drooling
- He will become restless
- His stomach will get swollen
- His heartbeat will increase rapidly
- Rapid panting
On noticing any of the above-stated signs, the dog owner should rush to the veterinarian. As if the bloated dog doesn’t get treated timely then it can worsen his situation.
Potential causes of bloating in dogs
- Having meals from raised bowls
- Eating too quickly
- Overconsumption of food & water
- Narrow chest cavity
- Feeding improper diet
Breeds of a dog who are likely to suffer from bloating
- German shepherds
Treatment of bloating in dogs
The treatment solely depends on the severity of the condition. When the condition is not that severe then the doctor will just enter a tube through his mouth, and take it down to his stomach to release the pressure. If your furry companion is in shock due to bloating then the veterinarian will perform a surgery to put him back to health.
Prevention of bloating in dogs
As prevention is always better than cure, The dog owner should take potential measures to prevent bloating in his furry companion.
- Avoid using raised-bowl to feed him
- Avoid playing with him right after feeding meals
- Feed him raw bones
- Provide him ample exercise
- Prepare small meals for him