Bloat, It’s no Joke!

Posted on June 14, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

If you have a large breed pet that is deep chested, bloat is something you should be aware of.  Bloat is when the stomach accumulates an excess of air, foam or fluid.  Boat can also occur with a twisting of the stomach, which can trap the excess fluid etc. inside and cut off the circulation to the stomach.  Stress, eating or drinking too fast or excessive exercise after eating can contribute to bloat.  If your pet has bloat, their stomach will be distended and often hard. It is extremely important to get your pet to your veterinarian immediately.  Timing is crucial!  Prevention is the key to dealing with bloat.  Make sure your large breed pet doesn’t exercise heavily after eating. Stress can also be a factor, so feed your pet in a calm environment.  Feed multiple meals per day instead of one large meal and try raising the dog bowls off the ground to minimize the amount of air being swallowed.

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