Bloat in Dogs: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

bloat in petsTummy trouble in our canine pals isn’t an uncommon problem. After all, dogs are prone to eat just about anything too much and too fast, including sweaty socks or yesterday’s garbage! Because dogs are prone to gastrointestinal issues, it’s good for all dog owners to know the risks when it comes to your chowhound.

One very serious problem that occurs in dogs is bloat. Bloat is an emergency situation that causes a pet’s stomach to become very hard to the touch. So what exactly is bloat in dogs, and how can you reduce the risk? The team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates is here with answers.


Bloat in Dogs: What Every Dog Owner Should Know

Puppy Frence Bulldog made a pee on parquet floorBloat in dogs may sound like just a bad case of indigestion, but it’s far more complex and serious than that. Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), commonly called bloat, is a condition that causes the stomach to expand with fluid, food, or air, and then rotate or “flip”. It can be fatal if not treated immediately.

Keep reading to learn more about the signs, risk factors, and how to prevent bloat in your pet.

What Causes Bloat in Dogs?

While there’s no single cause for why some dogs fall victim to bloat, there is evidence that certain dogs may be more susceptible based on the following:

Poisonous Foods for Pets

pet dog licking ice cream cone.

When sharing table scraps and snacks with our furry friends, it’s important to know which foods are safe and which are strictly off-limits. A nutritionally sound, species-specific diet is imperative for overall pet wellness, but this doesn’t mean your pet can’t sample the occasional tasty tidbit from your plate. These tips from the experts at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates can help you identify poisonous foods so you can share foods safely with your furry companion.