A majority of larger breeds are able to suddenly get what is considered to be 'Bloat'. Common breeds are the Boxer, Collie, Dachshund, Great, Danes, Dobermans, Golden Retriever, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, St. Benard, Bloodhounds, Irish Setter, Standard Poodle, and many more.
Bloat is probably the second most deadly cause of dog deaths - cancer being the leading cause of dog mortality. When a dog owner starts to see any sort of Symptoms of bloat, they should not spend a few minutes googling what to do on the Internet. Your dog may only have 15 minutes to live and any time you have must be used to call a vet in your phone book.
The most common signs of your dog having bloat is that they will start to have a swelled up stomach, some what hallow to touch and almost stiff in nature. Your dog will want to throw up, but most times he will not be able to. They might even foam at the mouth or start to drink a lot of water almost right away.
The main reasons why this is caused is due to your dog running on a very full stomach and the stomach got twisted in the process. When this happens, natural stomach fluids are unable to flow accordingly and the stomach acid and other gasses will start to build up. This is why the stomach is particularly stiff to the touch when your dog has bloat.
The stomach does not always have to be twisted in order to get bloating. It can simply occur if the dog is eating rapidly, the food bowl has been elevated in some way, foods that contain a lot of citric acid (especially within the dry dog food itself), drinking water too quickly, or not enough pancreatic enzymes in the body.
Anything involving too much ingestion of air, such as sports or eating/drinking too quickly is one of the reasons why dogs start to get bloating. When dogs are stressed, their body will begin to freak out and start producing more gas than what the dog's stomach can handle.
This is particularly common among dogs that need to adapt to a newer dog invading their household. Dog Stress sometimes happens when a new dog enters the household this could imply that he or she is no longer the head of the pack.
Bloat is one of the major reasons why it is good to invest in a Dog First Aid Kit. Most of these kits have the necessary equipment to get your dog to vomit and/or pump out his stomach before it is too late.
It is important that you call your vet so that he or she can give you detailed instructions over the phone as to how to use your dog first aid kit when bloat occurs.
Typically when your dog is starting to experience these problems, a vet will not be able to get to your house on time or, in most cases, you will not be able to reach the clinic in time.
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