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How is dog bloat treated?

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The treatment a dog gets depends on how severe the condition is. First, the vet may put a tube into your dog's throat and down to its stomach to release the pressure that has built up. Sometimes, a twisted stomach can keep the tube from passing through. If that's the case, the vet may put a large, hollow needle through its belly into its stomach and release the pressure that way. If your dog is in shock, the vet will give it fluids through an IV immediately, usually with antibiotics. The vet will take X-rays to see if its 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. Your doctor will also check to see if the condition damaged other parts of your dog's body.

From: Dog Bloat: How to Protect Your Pup WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Glickman, L. published online Nov. 15, 2000. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association,

American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation: “Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus.”

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “Bloat.”

American College of Veterinary Surgeons: “Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus.”

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: “Soft Tissue Surgery: Medical Conditions.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on April 28, 2019

SOURCES:

Glickman, L. published online Nov. 15, 2000. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association,

American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation: “Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus.”

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “Bloat.”

American College of Veterinary Surgeons: “Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus.”

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: “Soft Tissue Surgery: Medical Conditions.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on April 28, 2019

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