Bloat: A Canine Killer

It’s true: reading this article could save your dog’s life.

If you’re a dog guardian, chances are you have at some point heard the term "bloat"; however, many dog lovers still don’t understand exactly what this condition is, or how fatal it can be. We hope the following information helps you in understanding how to help prevent, recognize and treat this life-threatening condition to give your dog the best chance at life.

Understanding Bloat

Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus, more commonly called "bloat", is also referred to as "stomach torsion" or "twisted stomach" and occurs when the stomach becomes overstretched by excessive gas, often twisting or turning on itself as a result. When this happens, the enlarged stomach puts pressure on other organs, prompting a host of bodily complications such as difficulty breathing and lack of blood supply to vital organs.

Once bloat begins, the clock begins rapidly counting down the minutes of your dog’s life, making it vital to transport your pet to an animal hospital immediately. Even with treatment, 25% to 40% of dogs die from this medical emergency.

Causes of Bloat

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