As the saying goes, a dog is a human’s best friend. We know how much your dog means to you, and knowing how to recognize, prevent, and treat health problems will help keep them at their happiest and healthiest.
Bloating is an issue that affects many dogs. It can cause them serious health problems that can be fatal if left untreated. The potential severity of bloating means that knowing how to identify and treat bloating is essential to caring for your pet.
There are several steps you can take as a responsible and caring pet owner to prevent bloat, and luckily, trained vets at Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital and Emergency are experts in addressing and fixing the issue.
Bloating in dogs occurs when the stomach fills with air, fluid, or even foam. This causes the stomach to swell and then twist, blocking the normal pathways for air, water and food. This can be caused by underlying health issues, stress, or environmental factors.
In some cases bloating can be deadly if the stomach twists to a degree that causes veins to be inhibited from doing their jobs. If bloating is severe, it can lead to shock, low blood pressure, organ damage, or even death.
Breeding is a contributing factor to the danger of bloating, as some breeds are much more vulnerable to dangerous cases of bloat. Many cases of bloating are incredibly serious and very time-sensitive, so it’s always better to err on the side of caution if you think your dog is bloated. Seek veterinary care as soon as you begin to think there is a problem.
Knowing the signs of bloating can help you catch the problem as early as possible, which can save your dog’s life. Understanding the signs of bloating can also help you know when to take your dog into the vet to be treated.
Classic signs of bloating in dogs include a distended stomach, restlessness, pacing, whining, and unsuccessful attempts at vomiting. Being aware of what to look out for, and keeping a close eye on your dog can help bloating from becoming a serious health issue. Any change in your dog’s behavior can signal an underlying problem, and recognizing when changes occur is a valuable tool in terms of caring for your pet.
Though some cases of bloating will occur despite preventive measures, there are ways to minimize the threat of bloating to your dog.
If a dog eats too much too quickly, it can cause air and food to become trapped in the stomach and cause bloating. Try giving your dog smaller portions of food throughout the day instead of as a couple larger meals.
Don’t take your dog on a run or allow them to exercise immediately after a meal, as this can also lead to bloating. Be sure to give your dog food in a bowl that is on the floor, because allowing your dog to eat out of an elevated bowl can increase the risk of bloating.
Ensuring your dog is eating a high-quality, balanced diet is another way to prevent digestive issues that can increase the risk for bloating. Keep an eye on your dog and make sure they aren’t eating anything they shouldn’t be, which could potentially stress the digestive system and therefore lead to bloating.
Bloating can come on extremely quickly and can put your dog’s life at risk. Having a trusted place to take your dog if bloating occurs can help save your pet’s life.
If you think your dog is experiencing bloating, it’s very important to take action immediately. Every second counts when it comes to medical emergencies, and bloating is not an issue that will resolve itself. Bloating requires care from a veterinarian.
At Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency, we have successfully treated a wide variety of bloating in dogs. We are the leader in emergency pet care in the Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and areas nearby Ventura County. We care about your pets and their health as much as you do. Our friendly, fast-acting, expert staff will ensure your pet stays as healthy and happy as possible. Call us today for an appointment or to discuss any issues your pet may be experiencing.