If you have even a slight suspicion that your dog may be experiencing bloat, rush him to the veterinarian’s office or emergency clinic right away. It’s better to be wrong than to have waited too long. Never forget that bloat can be fatal.
The veterinarian’s immediate treatment should be to address shock and decompress the abdomen. If your dog’s stomach has twisted, surgery will likely be required.
To help prevent your dog from experiencing bloat again in the future, the veterinarian can attach the dog’s stomach to his abdominal wall, a procedure known as gastropexy. Also during surgery, your dog’s spleen may need to be removed if it was damaged during the bloating episode.
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