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For those with bloat prone breeds

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BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Thu 21-Jan-16 10:35:56

A useful article on how to possibly help your dog in the event of bloat. It relates to Irish Wolfhound but I can't see the harm in trying while your on your way to the vets whatever the breed!

Shriek Thu 21-Jan-16 11:11:38

anyone else read this?

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Thu 21-Jan-16 11:15:02

Bugger, sorry, it linked to the wrong page! Hang on I'll get the one that actually says how to do it.

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Thu 21-Jan-16 11:24:39

Scrap my above. 'Tis the right page, phone had a wobble. I do agree with the author though you should be doing it on your way to the vet not in place of vet treatment.

AnguishedTangerine Thu 21-Jan-16 11:45:29

Bloat is a really good issue to highlight- so many owners don't know about it even wen they have deep chested breeds.
To be honest am pretty sceptical this could make a difference though great to try anything whilst you get to the vet.
Nothing matters more than getting to the vet ASAP. If you can't do that easily then it's worth being able to tube your dog to get the gas out .
Everyone should know the symptoms - main ones include dogs pacing, head down, drooling, not lying down for long, panting, non productive foamy vomiting, front legs in a wide stance. Actually if you have wolfie, a Dane, a bloodhound or other deep chested breed if your dog is at all 'off' presume bloat and go from there!
Some food may trigger it, stress is a big trigger, exercise after eating may cause it and the older the dog the more likely it becomes. A dog who bloats once is more likely to again so their stomach shouldbe fixed in place during initial treatment or as a separate op if necessary.
Can you tell if have had the bloat panic before!!

AnguishedTangerine Thu 21-Jan-16 11:46:27

Sorry for the typos!

SaggingTits Thu 21-Jan-16 11:47:31

I've read it. Don't know if I'm just being cynical but did the wolfhound really have bloat or just wind/stomach ache? is no way this would have helped my dog who died of bloat.

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Thu 21-Jan-16 11:58:29

Well honestly I'd question that as well sagging. I agree Anguished having had a dog die of bloat (well my MILs but she was in ICU at the time) I'm firmly in the camp of I'd try it on the way. Even if just to make me feel useful.

SaggingTits Thu 21-Jan-16 12:08:03

Yes I suppose anything is worth a go and it is always good to raise awareness. Main thing is to prevent possible causes and know the symptoms. Which someone has listed above.

My poor boy was in agony. He was the best dog ever. I am now super vigilant for any signs. I don't want to lose another dog in such an awful way.

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