Bloat – Is your Dog at Risk?


I discovered this excellent info-graphic at VetDepot … plenty of advertisements claim how we human suffer from bloat, but I’ve never seen one mention that our pets can suffer from this, too. However, according to this article, “Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) or “bloat” is an emergency situation that may be difficult for dog-owners to recognize. Dogs are in severe pain while suffering from bloat, and without prompt and aggressive treatment, the condition is usually fatal.” I had no idea that bloat could be a life-threatening situation!

While this info-graphic is very informative, if you think your pet could be at risk, you really should read the entire article at VetDepot.



Author: foguth

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8 thoughts on “Bloat – Is your Dog at Risk?”

    1. I’d never heard of it, either – and haven’t had a pet experience it, but it is my belief that if we’re armed with information, we have a better chance of overcoming diversity.

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  1. Excellent post. I lost my first GSD to bloat. She survived the first attack, then suffered another a year or so later and in the emergency room we could hear the air being released by the vet (think Far from The Madding Crowd film and the sheep stomachs being punctured). She was doing OK and ready to come home when she had a third, and although she was treated immediately, she died during the night. All pet owners should be aware of this. Thank you for sharing.

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      1. It was indeed horrible, especially for the dog who tried so hard to be ‘tidy’ as she was trying to throw up in the car at 1am. She was a beautiful animal, so gentle and loving, and didn’t deserve this. The staff at the surgery were gutted when they lost her.

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