This is when the abdomen appears larger than usual, the increase in size often being due to gas of fluid. Veterinary attention should be sought immediately.
Bloat usually occurs in large or deep chested breeds of dog (for example, but not exclusively Bull Mastiff, Great Dane, German Shepherd, Irish Setter, Weimaraner).
It is very common for bloat to occur a few hours after feeding if the animal is excercised too vigorously. It is very important therefore to wait an hour or so before taking your dog out for a walk after feeding.
The stomach swells rapidly and the dog usually makes repeated, unsuccessful attempts to vomit. Sometimes the enlarged abdomen is more pronounced on the left hand side and when the abdomen is tapped it feels like a drum. In very large breeds however, even abdominal enlargement may not be evident. Bloat is not self-resolving and will progress rapidly. The condition is often fatal and to give your pet the best chance emergency treatment should be given straight away. If you are even midly concerned that your dog may be suffering from bloat, seek veterinary attention immediately.
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