Bloat - dog health experiences
Bloat dog experience
Dog Owner: Cathy
Location: Austin, Texas
I was home when my dog bloated - uncomfortable to sit or lie down, threw up saliva and mucous, paced in the house. Since I was unfamiliar w/ bloat at that time, it took me about 45 minutes to realize he was seriously ill and might be bloating. We went immediately to the ER (15 minute drive), where he had immediate corrective surgery (within the hr). My dog did survive, and minus a few minor digestive difficulties is in excellent health to date. His surgery was about 2 yrs ago.
If you suspect your dog is bloating, immediately take him to the vet. Dogs that are bloating (have gastric torsion) are in a lot of pain. You need to either have the corrective surgery or euthanize your dog right away. Dogs do not recover on their own from this, and it is very painful. The faster you get them to the hospital, the more likely you (your capable vet) will be able to save him/her. The longer you wait, the higher the chances of complications (cardiac, for example) and the less likely the surgery is to be successful. Also - there's always a chance that your dog has "bloated" but has not flipped the stomach - in which case you can non-surgically treat your dog and save him from a likely stomach flip.
Also - my dog has always eaten 2 small meals, did not consume large quantities of water before or after his meal, had not exercised w/in an hr of eating, and had no (known) underlying medical condition that precipitated the bloat. He bloated anyways. Some dogs are simply at greater risk - old and nervous dogs among them. So, even if you think you're doing your best to prevent it, still keep an eye out for the symptoms - especially if you have a large breed dog with a deep, narrow chest that is older or anxiety prone.
Bloat dog experience
Dog Owner: bob
Location: live oak fla
I will never forget my jake,he was a great rottie 120 lbs my best friend,may he rest in peace.I came home from the store today to find my dog jake who was ten years old gagging and throwing up fluids not food just slobber and his belly swelling and hard. I called the vets office and thay said bring him in.I drove 80 mph to get my jake to the vets office only to get about half way there and i turned around to see how he was doing and he was in the backseat of my truck and he was dead.I was in shock ..it was so fast i still cant believe it ..Please dont waste anytime go to the vet asap or you will lose your best friend..I miss him so much .Thanks and god bless all ..
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