"Bloat" or "twisted stomach" or "GDV" - whatever term you use, it is definitely a condition you should be aware of because if your dog becomes afflicted, immediate medical intervention is required. It most commonly affects large breeds, especially deep-chested ones such as Boxers, Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds, Dobermans and German Shepherds, but in fact any large breed is potentially at risk.
So what is bloat? Well, it's actually a rather strange condition whereby gas accumulates in the stomach, causing it to expand and to sometimes even twist around its normal axis. This causes life-threatening changes in blood flow and blood pressure, and will result in death if it's not treated, and quickly.
How do you recognise it? Symptoms vary:
How do you prevent it?
Please don't panic. Yes, it's true, bloat can and indeed does happen unexpectedly and it is very serious when it does happen, but it's equally true that it does not happen easily nor frequently. So, do be aware but don't overly worry.
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