Signs of Bloat
(Having recently worked for six hours on a Great Dane in the clinic to save her from bloat and hearing about the recent tragic losses of the Hiblers and Laurie Adams, I felt some indication as to the warning signs of bloat would be appropriate. Speed is of the essence in dealing with bloat so even if you are not sure, err on the side of safety and get your dog to a vet).
Reprinted from Ralston Purina Company "Notebook" by way of "Bloodlines", Jan/Feb, 1995
Described as "the silent killer," bloat can strike an apparently healthy dog without warning. For this reason, a dog owner should be aware of the following warning signs of bloat:
Bloat is life-threatening and emergency treatment must be obtained immediately.
As a safeguard, whenever a dog shows signs of illness, prompt veterinary treatment is recommended.
Based on current knowledge, the following strategies are suggested to help protect against bloat:
In treating bloat, a tube is passed into the stomach to remove the gas and stomach contents. If this is unsuccessful, surgery is generally used. Even if decompression with stomach tubing or surgery is successful, gastropexy is recommended. Gastropexy is a surgical procedure which affixes the stomach to the body wall.
Treatment of Gastric-dilatation-volvulus and a Rapid Method for Prevention of Relapse in Dogs published in the November 1, 1993 issue of the "Journal of the American Medical Association" reports a study of 134 cases of dogs diagnosed with bloat during a three-year period.
Reoccurrence rate for dogs with surgical treatment, was 6.6%, significantly lower than the recurrence rate of 75.8% in dogs with medical treatment only.
Because bloat can reoccur, following the veterinarian's recommendations for follow-up care and examinations is essential.