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Labradors & deep chested dogs

Labradors & deep chested dogs

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Bloat

Bloat is a life-threatening emergency. It is caused by the twisting of the stomach along its axis and the accumulation of gas with or without fluid in the stomach.

Bloat tends to primarily affect large, deep-chested dogs. Stress may trigger an acute episode of bloat. The incidence increases with age, being most common in dogs 7 to 10 years old. Labradors, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Standard Poodles, Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Irish Setters, and Gordon Setters are affected most frequently.

Dogs with bloat commonly have eaten a large meal followed by exercise and repeated attempts to vomit.

  • Common symptoms of bloat in dogs
  • Repeated attempts to vomit or produce a stool without success.
  • Distended stomach with abdomen feeling hard
  • Evidence of abdominal pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Excessive salivation and drooling
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Stiff legged stance with arched back
  • Lethargic
  • Heavy panting
  • Pale/cold lips and gums (indicates the onset of shock)

 

A successful outcome depends on prompt diagnosis and treatment by a veterinarian. The first goals of treatment are to stabilize the animal and decompress the stomach. The dog may require intravenous fluids to counteract shock. The pressure within the stomach will be relieved as soon as possible. This may be done by passing a tube through the mouth into the stomach. Once the tube enters the stomach, gas readily escapes. Excess fluid and food can then be removed via gravity and suction. After the stomach has been decompressed, the veterinarian may rinse it with warm water or saline to remove any remaining debris. If a tube cannot be passed into the stomach, excess gas may be relieved by inserting a large, hollow needle and catheter directly into the stomach through the skin.

Surgery may be performed to assess the condition of the stomach and spleen, to reposition the stomach to its normal location, and to attach the stomach to the abdominal wall in an attempt to decrease the likelihood that it will twist again. Food is usually withheld for 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Drugs may be prescribed to control vomiting, if necessary.

Bloat, also called stomach torsion or twisted stomach, is the number two killer of dogs, after cancer, yet many, if not most dog owners are not familiar with it or aware how serious a problem it is. There is no direct cause and affect with this problem, such as a bacteria or virus that a vet can treat with antibiotics or vaccinate against. Bloat is usually the result of a combination of factors that might have no affect on most dogs, but can bring about a life-threatening situation in others. Owner awareness of the problem is the first step in preventing its occurrence.

Natural restore supplement can aid the digestion process and eliminate the build up of gases so your dog doesn't feel uncomfortable.