It’s called gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV), and it’s one of the most dire health emergencies that a dog can experience. However, it’s common name, bloat, often is not treated with the same level of seriousness. Luckily, there are some preventative measures that pet parents can take, and warning signs can tell you when it’s time to go to the vet.
Any dog can be susceptible to bloat but larger breeds with deep chests (like Great Danes) are some of the most common cases. Additionally, the risk increases with age. That being said, what can cause bloat? Here are some common causes:
1.) History of bloat in a particular breed line (possible genetic connection).
2.) Eating too fast.
3.) Using an elevated feeding bowl that promotes ingestion of excess air.
4.) Feeding one large meal instead of multiple smaller meals.
5.) Exercising while full.
6.) Drinking too much water at one time.
7.) Eating dry food with heavy fats and oils.
When bloat occurs, the stomach is cut off from the rest of the body, and the intestines that normally dispel gas are unable to function formally. Then, blood flow to the stomach walls, and eventually to the heart, becomes effected. Finally, cardiac output and general circulation is effected which leads to shock and even death. A clue to bloat can be if your dog becomes restless, starts to droll or pant or is suffering pain if you touch their left flank. They may also try to vomit unsuccessfully. If any of this happens, it’s time head to the vet ASAP.
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