Dog Bloat

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Fast Eating Fido Risk Death!

The number two killer of dogs is canine bloat, also known as Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV). This lethal bloating of the stomach can kill in less than an hour. While there are many factors that can add to a dog’s likelihood of getting canine bloat a dog’s eating habits is the biggest reason.

Deep-chested breeds are more likely to experience dog bloat, any fast eating dog is at risk, especially if they also drink water around their mealtime. The symptoms of canine bloat include: frequent and unsuccessful attempts to vomit, significant anxiety or restlessness, hunched appearance, silent stomach (no gurgling or digesting sounds), bloated or tight (drum-like) abdomen, or your dog simply isn’t acting normal (bizarre out-of-character behavior).

Here is a video which shows the signs of dog bloat:

If you suspect your dog has canine bloat, immediately take your dog to the veterinarian. If you have a fast eating dog, and become concerned about canine bloat there are three important things you can do: first you must stay vigilant, keep the veterinarian’s emergency number handy, and feed your dog from a bowl with obstructions.

There are a variety of bowels specifically designed to slow a dog’s eating. I recommend a stainless steel bowl with a raised center. This type of bowl is easy to clean, discourages microbacterial growth, and most importantly slows your dog’s eating. As always, please check with your veterinarian for all the latest information about canine bloat and how to prevent it.

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