How To Tell If Your Dog Has Bloat

How To Tell If Your Dog Has Bloat


Bloat? What is it…

Bloat is a life-threatening condition, it is caused by your dog eating too fast, stress, having one large meal a day, drinking quickly and exercising straight after or before feeding.

There are certain breeds of dog that are at greater risk from bloat:

  • Great Danes
  • Saint Bernards
  • Weimaraners
  • Golden Retrievers
  • German Shepherd Dogs
  • Wolfhounds
  • Bloodhounds

We have 3 Labradors and home and being typical of their breed they love their food! A little too much sometimes. Polly will eat everything she can get her mouth on. There have been occasions after she has stolen food and then still eaten her own food that we have been worried about bloat.

There are three phases to bloat:

Phase 1

  • Anxious and restless
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Unsuccessful attempts to belch or vomit. This is where the stomach has become twisted not allowing air, fluid or food to pass

Phase 2

  • Excessive salivation
  • Rapid heartbeat

Phase 3

  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pale gums
  • Arched back
  • Tight stomach due to a build up of gases


You must watch your dog for signs of shock and take them to the vets immediately.

Be prepared for any emergency situation with a Paws at Polly’s Dog First Aid Kit.

First Aid Kit for Dogsdog first aid instructions


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