How is Canine Bloat Diagnosed?

Bloat usually occurs when abnormal amounts of food, liquid or gas are trapped in the stomach causing it to expand. So much expansion occurs that there is pressure placed on the stomach lining and the organs around it. Blood flow can be cut off causing low blood pressure, shock and organ damage. Your dog needs immediate treatment at the first signs of possible bloat. Those signs include inability to vomit or poop, bloated or tight abdomen, whining, pacing, heavy breathing, hunching over in pain, etc. Your vet will need to examine your dog and possibly run quick tests to immediately determine if the symptoms are related to bloat. Immediate action will be needed to relieve the pressure and to prevent the stomach from twisting. Even if you’re not sure, if your dog has any of the mentioned symptoms contact your Ellicott City, MD vet right away. Or schedule an appointment here.


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