When most of us think about the word “bloat” we think about the digestive disorder where or abdomen becomes filled up with gas. When you eat various foods that are known to be “gassy”, you may suffer a bloated stomach. Bloating may not be a serious condition among humans but in dogs, it is serious and can even lead to death.
Bloating refers to the gas produced in the abdomen when a person swallows gas. Among dogs, especially the large ones, canine bloat is a serious condition that can affect them. However, with canine bloat there are varying degrees of severity.
A severe form of canine bloat is known as torsion. The dog’s blood supply to the heart can be cut off when torsion occurs. Moreover, the stomach begins to die as toxins build up in it.
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Torsion is such a serious issue that your dog will require surgery and is at risk of dying within several hours. According to latest statistics, about one-third of dogs that undergo surgery to cure torsion end up dying.
Which Dog Breeds Does Bloating Mostly Affect?
Deep chested dogs such as the Great Dane, German Shepard and Rottweiler are the ones that are most likely to get a bloat. However, bloat does not only affect these dogs. Basset Hounds, Standard Poodles, Dobermans, Bloodhounds and Akitas are also susceptible to bloats.
Main Causes of Bloat
There are various causes of bloats in different dog breeds. However, there are some major contributing factors that are believed to cause bloat.
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To begin, dogs are likely to get a bloat when they are eating fast, and in the process swallow air and fluids. Dogs that usually eat fast and that are only fed once a day are likely to suffer bloat. However, bloat does not only occur due to the dog eating fast. Genetics, stress, age and exercise habits all contribute to bloating.
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?
It’s important to recognize the symptoms of bloating early on to save your pet. One of the signs of bloating is swelling of the dog’s abdomen after he has finished eating. Other symptoms of the condition include dry vomiting, heavy salivating, whining and gagging. Your dog may also show signs of pacing, have an excessive heart rate. Your dog’s gums may be discolored if he is suffering from torsion.