Bloat Is A Serious Medical Condition That Occurs When The Stomach Expands And Rotates
Bloat is a serious medical condition. It occurs when the stomach expands and rotates. Large breeds and deep-chested dogs are more susceptible to this condition. Bloat can happen very quickly. It should always be considered an emergency. If not treated immediately, it can be fatal. Blooms in dogs may be mild or absent in the early stages. If you have any reason to suspect that your dog may be suffering from bloat, immediately contact an emergency veterinary facility. Symptoms of bloat in dogs vary from case to case. Deep-chested breeds, like Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Weimaraners, standard poodles, Basset hounds, Irish wolfhounds, golden retrievers, Doberman pinschers, Old English sheepdogs, and German shepherds are predisposed. An IV catheter will be placed to administer fluids and medications to address shock. An electrocardiogram (EKG) may be performed to check for cardiac arrhythmia. Oxygen therapy may be necessary if the dog is having difficulty breathing. Most dogs recover from Bloat with surgery and supportive care. The risk of fatality increases if the condition lasts more than six hours. Preventive gastropexy is the most effective means of prevention. Separating dogs during feeding can help reduce the natural urge to eat quickly. . . .