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Bloat in Dogs

dog eating food from bowl

It occurs when gas or food stretch a dog’s stomach. The distended stomach rotates, trapping the gas inside, and blocking off the stomach’s blood supply. Bloat can develop quickly, without warning, and requires immediate veterinary attention.

At-Risk Breeds

  • Akita

  • Bloodhound

  • Boxer

  • German Shepherd

  • Great Dane

  • Irish Setter

  • Irish Wolfhound

  • Standard Poodle

  • Other deep-chested pure breeds

  • Deep-chested mixed breeds


  • Restlessness

  • Pacing

  • Swollen or distended abdomen

  • Painful abdomen

  • Distress

  • Retching/unsuccessful vomiting

  • Excessive drooling

  • Panting/rapid breathing

  • Collapse/inability to stand

Current Recommendations for Prevention

  • Feed more frequent, smaller meals

  • Restrict activity for 1-2 hours after meal time

  • Prevent dogs from drinking a large amount of water at one time

  • Do not feed from a raised bowl