Until this past week, I had not heard of the word ‘Bloat’ and didn’t know what it was when I saw a blog titled “How to be prepared for Bloat in your dog”. What an eye opener! Since I personally have basset hounds, they were on the list of breeds at risk for developing bloat, so I continued reading. These are a few of the things that stood out and how to prepare if it happens to your dog.
Interesting fact: #1 breed to develop bloat is the Great Dane, with the #2 breed being the St. Bernard and the #3 breed being the Weimaraner.
Bloat can happen if your dog eats too fast, or has too much water before or after one meal per day (they suggest you feed your dog twice to three times a day) or is under unusual stress.
The condition is extremely painful and could kill your dog in as little as an hour.
They suggest you have the closest emergency clinic contact information for nights and/or weekends. Plus to have GasX in your medicine cabinet for such a situation.
For further reading on this subject, this website had the most complete and easy to understand diagrams. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_bloat.html
Breeds most at risk:
|Bernese Mountain Dog|
|Bouvier des Flandres|
|Chesapeake Bay Retriever|
|English Springer Spaniel|
|German Shorthaired Pointer|
|Old English Sheepdog|