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Bloat develops suddenly, usually in healthy and active dogs. The dog may have just eaten a large meal, exercised vigorously before or after eating or drank a large amount of water immediately after eating.
The classic signs of bloat are restlessness and pacing, salivation, retching, unproductive attempts to vomit, and an enlarged abdomen. The dog may whine or groan when you press on his belly. Thumping of the abdomen produces a hollow sound.
In all cases where there is the slightest suspicion of bloat, take your dog to a veterinary hospital immediately. Time is of the essence.
Dogs who respond to nonsurgical treatment have a 70 percent chance of having another episode of bloat. Some of these episodes can be prevented by the following practices:
1) Divide the day’s ration into multiple meals, rather than one meal.
2) Do not feed your dog from a raised food bowl.
3) Avoid feeding dry dog food that has fat among the first four ingredients listed on the label.
4) Avoid foods that contain citric acid.
5) Restrict access to water for one hour before and after meals.
6) Never let your dog drink a large amount of water all at once.
Most importantly.. To slow down your dog’s eating, feed your dog from a “SLOW FEEDING” bowl. These bowls are designed specifically to slow your dog down by over 500%, forcing them to hunt around in the bowl for their food. There are numerous slow feeding bowls available, in both plastic as well as stainless steel, priced as low as $2.49.