Bloating in your dog may cause extreme discomfort and pain, and can eventually prove to be life-threatening. It’s important to remember that flatulence in your pet must be taken seriously. Bloating can occur quite suddenly, but your dog may present some symptoms that warn you.
These are just the harbingers of the more severe symptoms which may involve shortness of breath, feeling weak, and ultimately collapsing. If you suspect your dog has signs of bloat, you must seek veterinary help immediately.
You may be wondering how bloating can negatively impact your dog. A build-up of gas, food, or fluid can make your dog’s stomach expand. The stomach then exerts pressure on the other internal organs. This means your pet can have a harder time breathing, while preventing adequate blood flow to the heart.
Bloat can also lead to Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV), a life threatening disorder most commonly seen in large, deep-chested dogs, although any dog may be affected. A GDV is a progression of the bloat into a volvulus, in which the huge, gas-filled stomach twists upon itself so that both the entrance and exit of the stomach become blocked. This is a life-threatening emergency that requires surgery to correct.
Some behaviors aid bloating and as a pet parent, your job is to be a conscientious observer. Veterinarians agree that eating too quickly and being hyper-active immediately after a meal can increase the risk of developing bloat issues. Overeating or drinking too much can also cause these problems.
Develop a habit of checking your dog’s stomach regularly for any irregularities like tenderness to touch, warmth or unexplained swelling. Feed them smaller meals, restrict exercise before and after meals, and create a stress-free environment during meal times. You can also help maintain a healthy intestinal tract and support proper digestion with supplements like Organic Probiotics with Prebiotics. Our veterinarian-formulated probiotics include organic prebiotics that support normal microbial balance and the growth of beneficial bacteria in your pet's intestines.
Even if your pet takes supplements, there is no home remedy for a bloated dog in distress. The safest thing to do is to seek a veterinary professional right away.
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