Having a dog will certainly bring you plenty of joy and laughter in the family. It is wonderful to have a being always waiting for you and being there for you, regardless of the hour or of your problems. Dogs are extremely devoted and, if you treat them right, they will turn into your most dedicated fans.
However, owning a dog also means a great responsibility. Apart from feeding them a proper and balanced diet and looking after their needs, dogs also require constant affection, lots of physical activities, and permanent care. Unfortunately, no matter how hard you try, just like all other beings, dogs can catch or develop certain diseases or affections that can later threaten their lives.
Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus or bloating is a quite common affection that is present at almost all animals, including men and dogs. But, with the right treatment and constant looking care, the affection can be prevented or treated accordingly. Here is everything you need to know about bloating in dogs.
What is this affection and what are the symptoms?
Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus or commonly known as bloat or twisted stomach is a condition that affects all beings in which the stomach can fill up with gas and cause further discomfort.
In the long term, this is a life-threatening affection that should be taken seriously and treated accordingly. Some of the most common symptoms include bloating (where your dog’s belly suddenly grows big), episodes of vomiting, intense abdominal pain that can prevent your dog from walking or moving.
If you’re unsure of these symptoms or think your dog might be at risk, you should immediately take it to a special veterinary cleaning and run some tests. An X-ray will definitely tell your doctor if your dog is suffering from a common bloat caused by something he or she ate or if it’s more serious than this.
How can you prevent GDV?
Unfortunately, there are plenty of factors that influence a dog’s health, including the likelihood of developing GDV. Poor genetics, as well as genetic predisposition, a poor diet, and stress, are all factors contributing to the appearance and development of GDV.
There are at least a dozen dog breeds that are predisposed to developing GDV, including the Great Dane, Saint Bernard, Basset Hound, Poodle, and German Shepherd. If you own any of these dog breeds, you should pay attention to all signs that your pet might be developing this affection.
Diet is also extremely important in keeping a balanced lifestyle and a strong health for your dog. Thus, if you want to reduce the risk of developing Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus, you should offer your dog qualitative food without grains or fermentable carbs. Moreover, feed your dog three smaller meals at regular hours and don’t exercise him or her right after eating.