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When it comes to dog issues you should be aware of, bloat is high on the list. Bloat in humans is harmless, but for dogs it can be deadly. Treatment for bloat is needed as soon as possible. Unfortunately, if you are away from home and your dog breaks into the dog food cabinet, death could occur if you are not there and help is not given, so its important to be sure dog food is absolutely out of reach and locked away so your dog can not get to it.

Bloat tends to happen more often with kibble because of the starches/carbs according to Dr. Greg Cook, DVM. Also, he mentions that any plant material that would cause excess gas would cause the stomach to bloat and then twist. This is why you should discourage your dog from eating grasses and plants in your yard or along the path where you walk.

“ GDV is a condition where the stomach twists and then fills with gas,” says Dr. Anna Stobnicki, DVM, a surgical intern at WestVet, an emergency animal hospital in Idaho. “Or the other way around—no one is sure whether it bloats then twists, or twists then bloats. Eventually, the dog’s stomach becomes distended with gas and puts pressure on the diaphragm, which can cause breathing problems. Additionally, the pressure cuts off the return blood flow to the heart, Stobnicki says. The extreme pressure within the stomach can cause tissue to die leading to stomach rupture, and sometimes the spleen twists with the stomach, which results in damage to splenic tissues as well.

“There are several theories as to why bloat occurs, but ultimately it can be caused by a number of variables,” Quammen says. “Most commonly these are large [or] giant breed dogs, more often male than female, and middle-aged. Many of these dogs will have a history of drinking or eating a large volume and then being excessively active.”

Stobnicki says that great danes, large hound breeds, Saint Bernards, and standard poodles seem to be more susceptible to bloat than other breeds. Labradors are not generally known for bloat, and I have not personally experienced it much, except for the one time, 25 years ago, when a dog of ours found her way into the dog food closet and ate and ate. I luckily found her in time to rush her to the hospital and she was fine. But most RECENTLY we had a middle-aged dog, absolutely 100% good health, die of bloat in a boarding kennel. It is not known as to whether he ate a lot of food then had vigorous exercise (very common reason the stomach flips or twists) or not–or if he ate lots of plants and grasses in the play yard and then bloated–so it’s a good reason to discourage high energy play immediately after feeding your dog.

“Even though bloat happens more often in larger breeds, don’t think you’re safe if you have a smaller dog. Dr. Lindsay Foster, DVM, an emergency veterinarian at the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals, says that bloat “has been reported in almost every breed.” Signs and Symptoms

First of all, DO NOT ADMINSTER ESSENTIAL OILS IF YOUR DOG IS BLOATED. This shuld never be done in place or emergency vet care. It can only worsen the situation or, if you think it will help, could do nothing and then your dog expires because of lack of medical attention.

If you suspect your dog has bloat, there’s only one thing you can do: get them to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to help at home. (You “could” try giving them hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting–or attempt the Heimlich maneuver) immediately, but still head to the vet afterward.

“If an owner suspects that their dog may have bloat, they should rush to an emergency clinic as soon as possible,” Stobnicki says. “It is a life threatening emergency and cannot wait until the morning. If an owner is not sure whether or not their dog has a GDV, they can always call an emergency clinic and ask if the signs are consistent with bloat.”

“The only way to treat it is to go into their abdomen surgically and untwist the stomach. The stomach is then sutured to the body wall to prevent it from twisting again. This is called a gastropexy,” Stobnicki says, noting that there can also be spleen issues that necessitate the spleen being taken out, as well as possibly part of the stomach being removed if the twisting is severe enough.

Like with any big surgery, you will need to keep your dog calm, still, and clean. The surgical site must be observed daily to be sure there is no redness indicating infection. You’ll also be given antibiotics and painkillers to take home with you. Give them exactly as directed.

Stobnicki says this preventive procedure is performed at her clinic. “I don’t necessarily agree with every dog going under anesthesia just to prevent something that may or may not happen, but in some cases, I think it’s appropriate,” she says. “For example, if I owned a great Dane, I would elect to do that with my dog.”