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Old 11-10-2010, 07:21 PM   #1
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Default Note to large(r) dog owners

Familiarize yourself with the signs of bloat. I almost lost my boy last night when he developed it. I was clueless as to what was going on and almost waited to contact the vet thinking dinner just didn't agree with him . You only have a couple hours from the onset to get them to a vet before it's too late.

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Old 11-10-2010, 07:25 PM   #2
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Can you describe what it is (the basics).....

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Old 11-10-2010, 07:32 PM   #3
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Their stomachs basically fill will air, then it rotates inside them. I cuts off blood flow to the stomach itself and other organs, including the spleen. It can be fatal in just a couple hours if not corrected.

Here's a decent article:
http://www.globalspan.net/bloat.htm

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Old 11-10-2010, 07:36 PM   #4
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Also commonly referred to as torsion, gastric torsion, and gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) .

Something Greyhound owners have to be particularly alert for.

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Old 11-10-2010, 07:44 PM   #5
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Yes - GDV can happen to any dog really, but the deep-chested dogs are more at risk. My wife (vet) sees bloated dogs fairly often and they do not all make it. If you do suspect bloat, do not wait to bring the dog in to the vet. The organs start to die as soon as the blood flow is constricted.

The dog's stomach will be very tight to touch, and painful, and they will likely be panting. They will dry-retch, may act strangely, getting up and laying down quickly or repeatedly. They'll act just plain uncomfortable.

A common factor is how fast your dog eats its meal. You should not allow them to inhale their food quickly. Also don;t let them drink a lot of water after a hard run or workout.

There is an operation that can be performed if a dog suffers bloat and survives (or even before so), where the vet will tack the stomach to the inner chest cavity wall. This will not prevent bloat re-occurrence (gas filling the stomach), but it will prevent the life threatening twisting of the stomach. My wife performed it on our friends' great dane when the dog was in the hospital for another stomach related incident (operation). This was a preventative measure simply because Danes are at high risk.

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Old 11-10-2010, 08:18 PM   #6
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Yeah, they tacked him stomach when they performed the op to help reduce the risk of it twisting again. I was suprised (scared) when the surgeon told me last night that there was still a 25% chance that he wouldn't make it even with the surgery. :-\

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Isn't this common in labs also? I was warned about this and to keep an eye on our 2 labs.....

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Yeah, Labs are susceptible. Any dog barrel or deep chested is at higher risk.

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How do you slow down a dog from eating fast? Out black lab inhales her food.

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I heard that hand feeding a fast eater is the only way to slow them down. Some dogs will slow down after being hand fed for some time, but some not.

We have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier that inhales her food. Maybe we need to slow her down as well.

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