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Dog and Puppy First Aid: Bloat

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Gastric Dilatation – Volvulus or Bloat is a life threatening condition in which the stomach fill with air (dilation) and/or twist upon itself (volvulus).

You MUST transport to a vet IMMEDIATELY. This condition requires professional assistance in ALL cases.

It is imperative that this condition be recognized early. Your pet may not have a bloated appearance.

Signs of bloat include: • drooling of saliva • frequent retching and attempts to vomit (occasionally victims may be able to regurgitate a pool of foamy saliva) • anxiousness, restlessness, and pacing • depression and shock

What NOT to Do • Do not attempt to relieve the gas from the stomach. • Do not give anything by mouth