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Bloat is a VERY serious medical condition. You need to get the dog to the vets at once.
The dog will be in a great deal of pain and will cry out and moan, they do that in a such a way that you know your dog is in pain.
The stomach becomes filled with gasses that cannot escape as it is caught between the stomach and the esophagus in one end and the stomach and the small intestine at the other end so it has no where to go and this causes the stomach to blow up so hard and tight that it feels like the skin of a drum.
The stomach can also twist then this becomes bloat torsion and if this happens it sometimes will take the spleen on a rough ride and it can rupture.
As the stomach gets more distended it shuts down all the blood supply and so reduces the blood getting to the heart which in turn causes lack of oxygen so the dog goes into low blood pressure shock and IS NOW FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE.
If the dog has had bloat once it is likely to get it again, sometimes the vet will stitch the stomach to the ribs to try and stop it turning.
It is not recommended to breed from a dog that has bloat.
A few tips:-
Do not feed for at least 1 hour before or after a walk.
Try to keep them from bolting the food ( a large stone in the middle of the bowl helps) or as per drawing:-
If you can train your dog to lay down to eat or have a stand so it is level with the top of his leg that will help. (have you ever tried to eat from a bowl on the floor kneeling on all fours)
Try to restrict the amount of water on returning back from a walk. Very hard to do with our breed. Give it a bit of time then refill the bowl.
It is the deep chested breeds that are prone to bloat and torsion like our beloved Newfies.
IF YOUR VET DOES NOT HAVE A 24 / 7 SERVICE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE TELEPHONE NUMBER OF ONE WHO DOES. THERE IS NO TIME TO WASTE LOOKING FOR THAT VITAL NUMBER TO GET HELP OR IT COULD BE TOO LATE.
For further information go to our Links page and click on The Newfoundland Dog Club Web Site.