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GASTRIC DILATATION /BLOAT
 
This is a very serious life threatening condition that most commonly occurs in large breed dogs, but can occur in any dog and even in the cat. If there is any suspicion that your pet is suffering from bloating of the stomach, immediate evaluation and treatment needs to be started.

Indications that your pet may be bloated and/or has a twisted stomach include:
  • Abdominal distention
  • Retching or trying to vomit, but all that comes up is foamy material
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Weakness
  • Pale gums
  • Unable to get comfortable or lay down
  • Panting
Treatment usually requires aggressive medical stabilization with intravenous fluids, followed by surgery to reposition the stomach. The sooner the pet goes to surgery the better the outcome. Left twisted the stomach lining will die from shock and a rupture of the stomach will occur.

If you have any suspicion that your pet may be bloated, take your pet to a veterinarian or Animal Urgent Care immediately

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