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What is dog bloat?

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Bloat happens when a dog's stomach fills with gas, food, or fluid, making it expand. The stomach puts pressure on other organs. It can cause dangerous problems, including:

In some cases, the dog's stomach will rotate or twist, a condition that vets call gastric dilatation volvulus. It traps blood in the stomach and blocks it from returning to the heart and other areas of the body. This can send your dog into shock.

  • No blood flow to its heart and stomach lining
  • A tear in the wall of its stomach
  • A harder time breathing

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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