When most of us think about the word “bloat” we think about the digestive disorder where or abdomen becomes filled up with gas. The stomach can get bloated when we take various “gassy” foods. Although bloating in humans is not something to take lightly, in canines bloating can be a very serious and life-threatening issue.
Bloating refers to the gas produced in the abdomen when a person swallows gas. Large dogs can suffer from canine bloat, which is a serious condition. However, the severity of canine bloat varies.
A severe form of canine bloat is known as torsion. When it occurs, the dog’s blood supply to the heart becomes cut off. Moreover, toxins will start building in the stomach and affect it.
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Your dog will have to undergo surgery within a few hours should he suffer from torsion. Statistics show that about 30 percent of dogs that undergo surgery due to torsion end up dying.
What Breeds Are At Greater Risk For a Bloat?
Deep chested dogs such as the Great Dane, German Shepard and Rottweiler are the ones that are most likely to get a bloat. However, these are not the only dogs that can get affected by bloating. Basset Hounds, Standard Poodles, Dobermans, Bloodhounds and Akitas are also susceptible to bloats.
How Does Bloat Happen?
The cause for bloat does not always happen in the same way for each dog. However, there are specific causes that are common.
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One of the most common causes of bloat comes from the dog eating so fast that they swallow air and fluids. Your dog is likely to suffer a bloat if you only feed him once and if he usually eats fast. However, bloat does not only occur due to the dog eating fast. Other factors known to contribute to bloating include stress levels, age, and exercising habits of the dog.
Exercise habits can contribute to bloat in cases where the dog participates in vigorous activity one hour before feeds and up to two hours after they eat. Bloating is common with dogs that are over four years old. And unfortunately, there have been some cases where some dogs are genetically more susceptible to the disorder.
What Are The Recognizable Symptoms For Bloat?
If you would like to save your pet from the effects of bloating, it’s important to recognize its symptoms. One of the most obvious signs of bloat, although not the most common, is abdominal swelling after meals. Heavy salivating, gagging, whining and dry vomiting are the other signs of bloat. Sometimes, the dog’s heartbeat may also be faster than normal. If your dog is suffering from torsion, his gums may be discolored.