When the stomach becomes swollen and stretched to beyond its normal size it can also twist upon itself so that neither air nor food can exit the stomach at all. The distended stomach presses on other organs and blood vessels in the abdomen which can stop blood supply to both the stomach and the other organs in the abdomen and can cause severe shock and rapid death .
If you suspect that your pet is experiencing bloat then immediate veterinary attention and treatment should be sought. If you are in the Greater Melbourne area or surrounds please call 9092 0400 for veterinary assistance.
What you can do to avoid bloat:
- Avoid exercising your dog for about an hour immediately before and after eating
- Try to feed large breeds two to three smaller meals a day instead of just one large meal once a day
- Always observe a large breed dog for bloat before you retire for the evening
- It is also recommended not to breed dogs with a first-degree relative that has had a history of bloat