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Bloat in Dogs: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

 
If your dog’s stomach is bloated, or if they’re anxious, pacing, or repeatedly trying to vomit with no luck — or with just a bunch of saliva coming back up — they are likely suffering from Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV), also known as "Stomach Torsion," or “Dog Bloat.” 

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Topics: Stomach Bloat, Torsion, Dog Emergency, GDV, Bloat, Dog, Dog Health & Safety

Help! My Dog's Stomach is Bloated! Signs of Bloat, Torsion, and GDV in Dogs


Bloat, torsion, and GDV can affect any dog and these conditions can be fatal, so it is important to be aware of these conditions as well as prepared for what to do in case of a GDV/Bloat emergency.

This current article will help you recognize and understand the signs of GDV/Bloat in dogs. This will be a very frank, honest, and, at times, seemingly "cold" conversation about this condition. Presenting it in this way though is truly the best way to help you and your dog, and it's far better for you to know and face this information now, rather than once GDV has already happened and you and your dog are at the Animal ER. So, without further ado, let's jump right in…

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Topics: Signs of Bloat, Stomach Bloat, Torsion, Dog Emergency, GDV, Bloat

Is My Dog at Risk for Canine Bloat, Torsion, and GDV?


The short answer to the question in the title is "yes"

But it is relative, and the "short answers" are often not the best.

While every dog owner should be aware of GDV, it is true that there are certain dogs - either because of their breed, lineage, general disposition, or possession of one or more of the other "predisposing factors"—who are at higher risk of suffering from it. If your dog fits any of these descriptions, be sure to read all of my GDV/Bloat articles and be extra alert. Again, what's most important here is to appreciate that any breed and any size of dog can suffer from GDV—so every dog owner should educate him or herself!

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Topics: Stomach Bloat, Torsion, Dog Emergency, GDV, Risks for GDV, Bloat, Gordon Setter, Standard Poodle, Basset Hound, Irish Setter, St. Bernard, Weimaraner, Great Dane, Boxers, Bernese Mountain Dog, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Blog

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