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What are the symptoms of dog bloat?

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Bloat usually comes on very quickly. At first, your dog may show signs that its stomach hurts. Your dog may:

  • Act restless
  • Drool
  • Have a swollen stomach
  • Look anxious
  • Look at its stomach
  • Pace
  • Try to vomit, but nothing comes up
  • Stretch with their front half down and rear end up

As the condition gets worse, your dog may:

  • Collapse
  • Have pale gums
  • Have a rapid heartbeat
  • Be short of breath
  • Feel weak

If you think your pet has bloat, get it to a clinic right away. If dogs don't get treatment in time, the condition can kill them.

SOURCES:

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

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

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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