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16-10-2018, 06:49 AM
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Dog Bloat

I had never heard of this


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16-10-2018, 07:16 AM
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Re: Dog Bloat

I've never seen that before either, but on reading it, its common sense and is really the same as Humans when we get a bloated stomach, well not so much of the excitement.
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16-10-2018, 07:37 AM
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To me it sounds more like colic in horses which is a serious and can be fatal due to a twisted gut .
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16-10-2018, 08:11 AM
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I am very aware of it as it affects deep chested dogs more than smaller dogs and having a Lab it's a real concern, particularly because Bailie bolts her food.

I tried a slow feeder bowl but that caused more problems than it solved so now I split her main meals into 3 so she doesn't get the chance to bolt the food as much. I leave gaps between each part to give the food a chance to go down properly.

Another thing that doesn't help are those raised dog bowls. While they may look like they are more comfortable for a dog to eat from they make the food go down too fast.

I know someone who lost a Rottie to it, and my sister in law who breeds Goldies has also lost one.
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16-10-2018, 08:13 AM
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I have heard of it happening to horses and cows - but it never occurred to me it could happen to dogs as well.
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16-10-2018, 08:28 AM
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yes I was well aware of gastric torsion "bloat" in dogs, not unheard of and can be fatal in dogs.
That is one of the things kennel owners have to be aware of and prevent in larger dogs mainly. We didn't have it happen in our kennels but heard of it happening with clients dogs at home.
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16-10-2018, 09:00 AM
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Gastric torsion (GDV) is a horrible thing, it can come on really rapidly and requires immediate veterinary attention.

My friend lost her Lab with GDV and although it is generally a condition which affects mainly large dogs my cousin's rescue Staffy Ruby had it but my cousin being a farmers daughter quickly spotted it and Ruby was saved.

I had concerns about Chloe because she bolts her food so she is fed on a large plate with the food spread out. She has 4 small meals a day anyway because she has BDS and vomits if her tummy is empty for too long.
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16-10-2018, 10:05 AM
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Like others have said, it is a frightening thing to happen and you have to act quickly.

One of my old GSD girls, Tammy, got it.
I remember her keep vomitting and standing rigid and arched backed. She didn't look at all well in the face either, and when I felt her tummy I could feel it was very taut and hard as rock.

Luckily I knew a bit about gastric torsion, and got her in the car and off to he vet immediately. They saved her life.

Never, ever wait, day or night, to get veterinary help, or you will lose your dog.
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16-10-2018, 10:13 AM
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My sisters Labrador died of this back in the 80s, it's meant all our dogs have had raised feeders and I've they eat too fast I hold the bowl and hand feed more slowly. It's probably me being too cautious but buttons was a lovely dog only fault he had was gobbling his food too quickly
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