Dog Bloat Symptoms: Learn all You
It might save
your dog's life!
are the warning signs of
dog bloat symptoms?
treatment or off to the vet?
Gulping down that tasty dog food...
Unlike processed dog food... thankfully meaty bones take longer to "gulp". Nimble has to really work at it!
...then exercising right afterwards...
Notice Nimble's tongue hanging out while I take her picture!
...is a no-no!
If you've already read other online articles about this nasty
malady... you probably knew we were going to talk about this stuff. And nope...
We didn't forget
and prevention. Even
though you may have already read about these... you got'ta read what
we have to say! It'll knock your
socks off (and your dog's)!
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What's this Bloating Stuff?
In a nutshell
(based on a ton of researching I've done)...
Bloating is a
build-up of gas and food in your doggy's tummy. It might consist of
some liquids also. My small dogs have never experienced this (I
(not always)... the affected dog might experience twisting of his/her
stomach (called GDV... Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus). This is when the situation becomes
rotation can cut off blood supply to the affected areas... this is
just one of many
Does the twisting occur before or after bloating? Seems there's some
of Dog Bloat Symptoms
You should know your dog inside out...
This way... you'll notice if something is different.
Some of the signals are...
Retching and heaving (without your dog throwing up undigested food
Tight tummy and sore to the touch.
Looking at her/his stomach (no... your dog's not check'in her
Face it... your dog just won't be acting her normal self.
Home Treatment or off to the Vet?
Sometimes a dog's stomach will bloat with gas without any further
consequences. This will be followed by... Phewee! Then back to
normal life as a canine. Or...
Unfortunately, twisting might begin.
“How do I know if the bloat is going to cause twisting?” It's your call. If it was me... I'm out of here...
off to the vet. And... I'm not one to take Nimble to the vet every
time she sneezes!
Does your dog have an upset stomach? How about some other ailment? You can learn about some natural remedies for dogs by clicking
Causes of Dog
We feel most causes can be eliminated. Unfortunately... some of our
dogs may become a victim of this ailment. Why not do what we can
to keep this from happening?
well known causes...
right after eating (not a
- Stress. Change in environment,
competing with other dogs for food, etc.).
breeds are more prone. Large,
deep/narrow-chested dogs are supposedly more prone. However... I've
heard that some medium and small-sized dogs also suffer from dog
in age may be a contributor.
Boy... we're sure glad you didn't skip over the other info above
to get here!
“Hey.. I've already read about this stuff!” But... we'll bet you
didn't read this...
Your dog lives in
our unhealthy environment. As a consequence... unlike wild dogs...
he/she suffers from tons of different maladies! Bloat
is only one of them.
- Eating too
much too fast. Dogs are
programmed to gulp before a predator steals their meal. However...
they must work at it in the wild. It might take a wild dog an hour
to eat 3 lbs of dog food.
It's a lot of work ripping, tearing and
crunching those raw meaty
bones before swallowing. In our environment... they wolf down (get it?)
their ready-to-eat chow in a couple of minutes!
Drinking too much too fast right before, during or directly
after eating. This dilutes digestive enzymes. The raw meat dog food
diet a wild canine eats is 70-80% water (already distilled). How
much water is in Kibble?
I've never seen a coyote gulping water like our dogs do! What
about packing a water bottle around?... we won't go there! Click
here for more info
about a dog drinking lots of water.
I could give you
tons of examples...... chemicals, gmo's, etc.
some breeds seem to be genetically susceptible to this. But...
because of our forced, faulty breeding practices
over the centuries... their bodies were made to look the way we
wanted them to look. We didn't care about the consequences
(another pitfall of living in our environment).
We'll never be able to completely wipe out all threats of this
ailment. However... you can reduce your dog's chances
measures you might know about
Plenty of water should be available at all times. Hopefully... this will keep your pooch from getting really thirsty
at dinner time.
Feed smaller portions of nutritious dog food more often. Change
your dog feeding schedule... eliminate one huge meal a day.
Exercise no sooner than a couple (or so) hours after chow
time... especially after eating “heavy dog foods.” About an
hour is all that's needed after eating fruits or vegetables. “But... are fruit and vegetables for dogs?” Sure!
Is your dog stressed out? Hold off until she settles down
(it takes me forever to settle down!). If she's eating around other
dogs... this might encourage gulping before her vittles are
feeding doggy food bowl. I've
seen these specially designed dog feeding bowls... might actually be
a good idea. Anything to slow down your eating machine!
a barf diet... raw meat and bones. Your
dog will really have to work at it... just like a wild dog. It
takes time to rip the meat off the bones and crunch the bones down
into smaller pieces. Also include...
- … pureed
fruit, veggies, nuts and
pre-digested stomach contents of a wild dog's prey animal). All
this raw dog food is full of pure, distilled water... your dog won't
need to gulp her water bowl dry!
You're not familiar with raw feeding dogs this way (amount, correct
proportions, etc.)? Please visit the following pages and cruise
through our site when you have more time...
Vegetables for dogs. Click here to make sure you select the proper veggies
and feed them correctly...
prevent dog bloat symptoms.
surgically attaching the stomach to the body wall to keep it from
twisting. Food for thought... does your dog need to be spayed or
neutered? You might think about having this done at the same time
if surgery is your choice. If it were me... I'd have to think
really hard on this one...
Let's Try to Prevent Doggy Bloat!
Our furry friends
suffer from many different maladies because they live in our
unhealthy environment... doggy bloat is only one of many. Although
not totally preventable... let's put a dent in it. How? By our
awareness of our our dogs' wild ancestors' healthy lifestyle...
We'll never be
able to duplicate this. But... we can sure give it a shot! You owe her that much.
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