Bloat in Dogs

Nov 03

Categories: Pet Care

Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) is commonly referred to as bloat. It occurs when gas or food stretch a dog’s stomach. The distended stomach rotates, trapping the gas inside, and blocking off the stomach’s blood supply. Bloat can develop quickly, without warning, and requires immediate veterinary attention.

At-Risk Breeds

  • Akita
  • Bloodhound
  • Boxer
  • German Shepherd
  • Great Dane
  • Irish Setter
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Standard Poodle
  • Other deep-chested pure breeds
  • Deep-chested mixed breeds


  • Restlessness
  • Pacing
  • Swollen or distended abdomen
  • Painful abdomen
  • Distress
  • Retching/unsuccessful vomiting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Panting/rapid breathing
  • Collapse/inability to stand

Current Recommendations for Prevention

  • Feed more frequent, smaller meals
  • Restrict activity for 1-2 hours after meal time
  • Prevent dogs from drinking a large amount of water at one time
  • Do not feed from a raised bowl

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