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Dog Bloat: How to Protect Your Pup

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If your dog is in shock, the vet may give him fluids through an IV, antibiotics, or steroids.

Then, the vet will take X-rays to see if his stomach is twisted. If it is, your dog will have emergency surgery to untwist it and put it back in its normal position. The vet also will fix the stomach in the right place to keep your dog from getting bloat again. She’ll also check to see if the condition damaged other parts of his body.

Prevention

Bloat can be scary, but there are ways you can keep it from happening to your dog:

  • Don’t use a raised bowl unless your vet says your dog needs one.
  • Don’t let him run or play a lot right before or after meals.
  • Feed him a few small meals throughout the day instead of one or two large ones.
  • Make sure he drinks a normal amount of water.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amy Flowers, DVM on April 26, 2015
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