Bloating in dogs can be a fatal illness.
Here we look at bloat in the Italian Spinone dog : symptoms, treatment and how to ensure bloating relief for your dog.
The information on this page is not meant as a substitute for proper veterinary advice.
It is designed to raise awareness of the symptoms, effect and serious emergency nature of dog bloat.
If you suspect your dog may be suffering from bloat it is absolutely vital that you get to a veterinary practitioner immediately.
The Italian Spinone is generally speaking a very healthy dog breed. The only excepton to this is a condition called cerebellar ataxia, or cerebellar degeneration, which can affect a very small number of Spinone puppies.
Bloat is a potentially life-threatening condition which can effect any dog breed. Large, deep-chested dog breeds - such as the Italian Spinone - are particularly susceptible. ome people think that only older male dogs get dog bloat but in fact any age of dog and either gender can suffer.
It happens when a dog’s stomach suddenly fills with gas. The stomach twists, its entry and exit is cut off and blood flow becomes restricted.
Pressure increases rapidly and the dog goes into shock. Death can occur very quickly indeed.
There are different theories about the underlying reasons for bloating but no real consensus. Some experts believe it to be a hereditary condition, others think it is only a question of feeding behaviour.
What is agreed is that the following may increase the likelihood of bloat and should be avoided :
Avoid strenuous exercise!
Many of these symptoms can indicate something much less serious than bloat. However the commonest signs of dog bloat are :
A kibble ball makes sure our dog Ellie eats slowly!
Bloating relief can be practised only as a preventative measure. If your pooch gets dog bloat you need to get him or her to a veterinary practitioner immediately.
Telephone the vet on your way to the surgery to make sure they are as prepared as possible. It is highly likely the dog will need emergency surgery.
Medical treatment of bloat depends on getting the dog to the vet quickly and, even so, it can be a long and expensive process. Prevention is much, much better.
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The Spinone Italiano - all you need to know