How to Prevent Bloat in Your Dog
“I’ve eaten more and feeling bloated,” have you heard it before? This is how we humans usually describe bloat. It causes discomfort in the stomach and if it’s not severe, symptoms ease up by themselves. But when it comes to dogs, bloat is life-threatening. About 30% of the dogs that develop bloat die. Isn’t this alarming? I hope your dog never develops bloat in his lifetime. But you should know about the condition so that even if it shows up, you can act immediately and save your pooch. Better yet, you can prevent it from happening.
What Is Bloat or Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) in Dogs?
We will discuss the prevention of dog bloat in a later section but before that, it’s important to understand GDV.
What Causes GDV in Dogs
Some dog breeds are prone to bloat. But if your dog’s breed isn’t included in the list, don’t get a false sense of security because all dogs regardless of size, color, breed, age, and gender can develop the condition.
Dogs with deep and narrow chests are susceptible to the condition, for example:
● Irish Setters
● Great Danes
● Saint Bernards
● Golden Retrievers
● Doberman Pinschers
● German Shepherds
● Irish Wolfhounds
● Standard Poodles
● Old English Sheepdogs
● Basset Hounds
The common causes of bloat are excessive swallowing of air along with food, bad diet, excessive drinking of water, and stress. Also, dogs with families having bloat also are more likely to develop the condition.
Splitting their daily food intake into multiple meals, using slow-feed dog bowls, and changing eating habits can be some of the solutions. More about it later.
What Happens During The Episode of Bloat
When a dog undergoes an episode of GDV, he starts feeling listless. The bloated stomach may also twist blocking the entrance and the exit. This doesn’t allow your dog to pass food or gas the food present in the stomach.