A few years ago my Newfoundland developed Gastric Dilation Volvolus, commonly known as “bloat”. Because I had recently read an article about the condition, I was able to recognize it and got Molly in to an animal emergency hospital for life-saving surgery. Because of this, I think it’s a good idea to remind people about the dangers of this disease.
Bloat is the second leading killer of dogs after cancer.
Although it often affects large dogs, smaller dogs are not immune. These are the most common symptoms:
- the dog makes an effort to vomit;
- disorientation and confusion. The dog does not act like herself and doesn’t seem to recognize you;
- restlessness. The dog walks around with no purpose;
- the back arches up – sort of like a cat arching his back;
- the abdomen feels hard to the touch.
Unfortunately, bloat doesn’t allow for a lot of time.
Bloat can kill within a few hours.
Some experts recommend giving the dog an over the counter gas remedy that has simethicone in it. Since bloat is an abnormal accumulation of air and fluid in the stomach, this remedy might buy some time. But in any event if you think your dog has bloat get to a vet or an ER so you are better safe than sorry.