The Short Answer
Yes, dogs can eat themselves to death. It’s a condition known as canine bloat or gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV). This is when the stomach fills with gas and twists on itself, causing blockage of blood flow to the stomach and other organs. Dogs who suffer from GDV require immediate medical attention.
What Causes Canine Bloat?
Canine bloat can be caused by several factors such as eating too fast or drinking water immediately after eating. Other causes include excessive exercise after meals, genetics, anxiety, stress, and breed susceptibility.
Symptoms of Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV)
If you suspect that your dog has GDV, there are several symptoms you should look out for. These may include restlessness or pacing up and down in discomfort; bloated abdomen; unproductive vomiting or retching; panting excessively; pale gums; rapid heartbeat and shallow breathing.
Preventing Canin Bloat
There are many ways to prevent canine bloat from occurring in your furry friend. Feed smaller portions more frequently instead of one large meal per day if possible. Slow down their eating pace by using food puzzles or slow feeders that make them chew their food slowly. Avoid feeding your dog within an hour before/after exercising since it increases the likelihood of developing this condition.
It is important to recognize early signs of canine bloating since it could potentially lead to life-threatening situations for our pets if not addressed promptly with veterinary care.
Take measures into preventing this dangerous condition by understanding its potential triggers beforehand – knowing how much our dogs need to eat based on their weight range rather than free-feeding them all-day long!