What is bloat in dogs?
Bloat, or gastric dilation volvulus (GDV), is a life-threatening condition that occurs when a dog’s stomach fills with gas and twists on its axis. This not only can cause severe pain but can also cut off blood supply to the stomach and other vital organs. GDV requires immediate veterinary attention as it can lead to shock, heart failure, and even death.
What are the symptoms of bloat in dogs?
It’s essential for pet owners to recognize the signs of GDV early on to save their furry friend’s life. Some common symptoms include restlessness, pacing, drooling more than usual, unproductive vomiting or retching, distended abdomen that feels hard like a balloon and lethargy. If you see any of these symptoms occurring quickly take your dog to your nearest vet clinic.
How do vets diagnose bloat in dogs?
Diagnosing bloat starts with an examination from our veterinarian who will check for abdominal distention by measuring your dog’s abdominal girth or pressing down gently on his belly. X-rays are usually taken as well showing if there has been any twisting of the stomach which would be indicative of GDV.
Treatments available for dogs experiencing bloat
Surgery is often required once diagnosed with this condition; however now there have been new treatments developed that may help reduce surgical intervention if caught early enough such as gastrostomy tubes which relieve pressure build up allowing gas build-up release reducing inflammation caused by damage due to lack oxygenated blood flow during torsion episode.
With all said above prevention being better than cure so always lookout for these warning signs before they become too serious and make sure your furry friends stick to regular feeding schedule while engaging them in moderate exercise after mealtime.