Health Alert: Large Dogs & Bloat

February 28th, 2007 by Dan

Two weeks ago, we drove our Dogue de Bordeaux, Eli, to an emergency vet at 6 AM. Eli was bloating; as people with large breed dogs know, bloat is a serious medical concern and the number one killer of large breeds. He was x-rayed, given IV fluids, and in surgery by 7:30. However, it was too late: the majority of his stomach was dead due to lack of lack of blood flow, and chance of recovery from that is so low that we opted to (more humanely) euthanize him. He was 2, and in excellent health overall. So what happened?

Bloat is kind of what it sounds like- the stomach fills with gas caused by food that has absorbed moisture and expanded. The pressure can cause the stomach to flip on itself (known as torsion). Once that has happened, the stomach is cut off from the rest of the digestive system, and bloat can no longer be resolved by vomiting or any release of gas. More importantly, the stomach is cut off from blood supply and oxygen, which quickly leads to necrotic tissue (how much of the tissue dies is dependent on how quickly the dog is treated).

Among the warning signs of bloat: general unease and restless behavior (pacing around, not following normal habit); excessive salivating; increased heart rate; discomfort standing and/or lying down; retching without vomiting- white foamy stuff may come out, but nothing substantial. The earliest and most obvious sign is the last- if a dog is clearly nauseous and attempting to vomit, but cannot, one should then assume the dog is bloating. Visible bloating often follows- Eli’s abdomen, which was usually quite fit and lean, looked and felt like there was a basketball in his stomach. Those are signs we witnessed; there are a number of others.

Once a vet has identified a case of bloat (usually it is obvious or will be quickly determined by x-rays), treatment begins immediately: fluids will be given and the dog will be treated for shock, attempts to decompress the stomach are made, and surgery is often required. This surgery is officially called gastropexy- it involves untwisting the stomach and tacking (attaching) it to the abdominal wall to prevent a future episode of torsion. Note that while that procedure will not prevent bloat altogether, it will prevent the dangerous escalation from a bloated stomach to a contorted one.

The single most important thing we did not know before this event: gastropexy can be done as a preventive procedure for high risk dogs. All large (over 90 lbs. or so) dogs, especially those with deep-chested builds (noticeable difference between the width of the chest and of the stomach area) are susceptible to bloat, though some breeds are higher risk than others. This surgery is, of course, performed under anesthesia, but can be done at the same time as spaying/neutering so your dog doesn’t have to go under twice.

We’re now educating as many people as possible about the prophylactic gastropexy, because no one told us- no vet, no other large-breed dog owner, not even the breeders of our dog (who are reputable and do everything they can for their dogs’ health and happiness). So while this is a scary and pretty depressing (at least for us) topic, we wanted to present it here. Reading this could be a life-saver for your dog.

A couple links to good articles about bloat and most susceptible breeds:
good basic introduction and more medical discussion.
If you’re not familiar with the medical terms and jargon, it’s best to read the first before the second.
Eli stretched out
Eli, who weighed in around 145 lbs. Reef is curled up between his legs (she’s about 40 lbs., for comparison).





117 Responses to “Health Alert: Large Dogs & Bloat”

  1. Kathleen Says:

    I’m so sorry about Eli. That just breaks my heart. It is important for people to be aware of health issues for whatever breed they choose. Good reminder.

  2. Kathy Says:

    Sorry to hear about Eli—how sad.

  3. Saydrah Says:

    Eli is a beautiful big boy- so sorry you lost him.

  4. Jack Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Eli. I just went through this, successfully, with my dog Rico. The reason I am posting here is because this is so often associated with only large breed dogs. My Rico is a Chow chow, 60 pounds, 8 years old. I had never ever heard about this before either!

  5. Gayle Says:

    I’m sorry for your loss,and admire your courage to post the information about Eli. I will take the prevention method and while going thru neutering I’ll have the stomach attached. Thanks for the advice. I was shocked to know how common this problem is….I’ve just experienced it with my Std. Poodle & asked at the emergency clinic how often this surgery was preformed & she said ALMOST DAILY:~(

  6. michael Says:

    thanks for posting this- we lost our 60 lb pit rot chow mix yesterday- I wish I had know the symptoms- I had no idea until it was too late. its terrible to read but also helps to know that we’re not alone with this.

  7. JoAnne Clifton Says:

    Sorry to hear about Eli. I lost my boxer, Abby, in October last year with the same thing. It was horrible for her as it was for our family. She was in lots of pain and it was heartwrenching to hear her cry. She had surgery in the middle of the night and unfortunately it was too late, she developed DIC. She fought hard for 2 1/2 days but there was no hope; her organs started to shut down. I am here doing research to reassure myself that having the gastroplexy procedure we have scheduled for our 7 month old boxer puppy, Jodie is the right decision. After reading here, I think I have my answer. I have had mixed opinions about this, but I would hate to have any other dog experience this horrible painful thing.

  8. Mike Says:

    We feel your pain. We had 2 Great Pyrenese and 4 days after I put the female down for old age, our 5 year old male died of the bloat. Our vet conducted immediate surgery to no avail – we had waited the night thinking he was just sick. We were devasted – our 2 best friends were gone in less than a week. We had never known of the disorder and nobody had ever warned us either. Worse yet, it isn’t something all that obvious when it occurs and not everyone has access to ‘emergency’ pet hospitals with 24 hour service. That was 4 months ago and we have moved on to another giant breed, a St.Bernard, but we are MUCH more educated. Word of note – research and advice on this is conflicting. For example, everyone told us a raised food bowl helps prevent the bloat, but the studies from your links clearly show that raised food bowls significantly INCREASE the risk. God bless you.

  9. Donna E. Ashley Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, but I am grateful that you posted this information, albeit too late for me. My siberian Husky-rottweiler mix (my Huskweiler) Toby died from this (we believe) this weekend. I am so sad :( He was fine one minute, began vomiting what he just ate, and then became distressed – I thought he was just freaking out from throwing up – I put him outside while I cleaned up what he threw up and then when I went to check on his about 20-30 minutues later, he was in shock and never even made it to the emergency vet. If I had known of this disease, I would have/should have…oh well, you know. My condolences on your loss.

  10. Ricky Says:

    I send my regards with you and your family and may Eli R.I.P. my baby girl Laila which was a boxer past away last night about 8:45 p.m 10-15-07 she just turned one ten days earlier. Boy was she a joy! she was in a bad enviroment for 10 months until I took her from my sister because it was breaking my heart on how she was mistreated. She gained weight played ran around the house 100 mph I mean she lit my life,she was spoiled by me and deserved every bit of it. I couldnt wait to wake up to her, see when I got home.Last night she was playing like always, my father took her to the yard to poppie then I went 1/2 hr later to bring her in and notice she wasnt coming in, as I went to look for her I found her dead in the yard she wasnt bleeding,no marks nothing also it was her 1st day in heat. Her vet told me it was probaly a heart attack! can this be true? my heart is shattered please someone help with some info

  11. Stacey Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. We are experiencing the same thing now. We lost our 6 year old English Mastiff to Bloat last night. She had been sick for the past week and actually refused to eat. Last night she started panting and her stomach was so swollen. We immediately took her to the Emergency Vet but she never made it past the car ride. We had no idea or even heard of Bloat. I just hate the thought of how painful this was for her. Now we have to tell our 4 year old.

  12. Genna Says:

    My Japanese Akita died of bloat, She had been running around being her normal self then her stomach swelled up + 2 hrs later she died. We were in total shock + had never heard of bloat.

  13. Tamarah Says:

    I am so sad to read these stories. We lost our Samoyed from bloat one week ago today.
    It was very sudden and we live 5 minutes away from our vet. The vet operated, but because the stomach flipped it tore away from the spleen which caused a bleed. The vet, God Bless him, stopped the bleeding, but there was more bleeding elsewhere. He was suffering and we loved him so…we chose to let him go rather than opening him again. His gums were pale and it was evident he was in shock. It was hard to let go.He had sugery earlier in the day on his eye for glaucoma and it would have been more trauma.

  14. Nathalie Says:

    This story has been so informative for me. My 10 year old Akita/Shepherd/Pitt mix, who had his gallbladder and spleen removed in October (5 months ago), was out on his walk last night, when he suddenly started to walk sideways and look drunk. Then, he laid in the grass and would not get up. I was petrified! I called my husband and he came with the SUV and took him home. That night, he was panting heavily, and his abdomen was heaving a lot. My husband had let him eat oil-laden onions from his plate just an hour ago and he isn’t supposed to eat high fat foods. At 1 am, I was searching for answers! I thought he might die of bloat.. but the next morning, he was fine. But, this episode had made me aware of this problem which I had no idea. My dog didn’t vomit… he just breathed heavily for awhile, and then, he was fine in the morning. I think it was indigestion in his case. Sorry to hear about Eli, but you have enlightened many of us!

  15. Dionne Says:

    My beautiful Akita “Jada” just passed away this morning from bloating. I have never heard of this before. I keep thinking if I had, maybe I could have saved her. She seemed fine one moment, a few hours later she was panting heavily, restless and stomach seemed swollen. I called the emergency vet and explained what was happening and they told me to bring her in immediately. I drove her there in 6 minutes called the vet to meet me in the parking lot to help me bring her in, and she was already gone. They asked me if I wanted them to do CPR and I said Yes anything you can do to save her. They tried but there was nothing more that they could do. I am so hurt and devastasted. I hope that this website can help someone to recognize the signs so they will be able to react before the worse happens. I found this site because I wanted to know more about this condition, unfortunately I found it too late.

  16. Dionne Says:

    My apologies, in my telling my story I forgot to say that I’m sorry for the loss of everyone that has had to go through this. I feel your pain, literally. I have a lot of wonderful memories of Jada and that’s something that can never be erased. I hope you all can find comfort in the good memories that you have with your loved ones.

  17. Resa Says:

    My heart aches after reading all of these sad stories. My dog had surgery 5 days ago. We were lucky that we got him to the emergency vet so fast. Charlie is a healthy 2 yr old standard poodle.The night of his surgery we gave him table scraps and then he picked at his own food. I let him out in the back for a pee and 5 minutes later he was acting strange. He was dry heaving and whining. I thought that he was constipated so I took him for a walk and he began walking funny almost as if his back legs were semi paralized. He was panting and then lied down. I called my vet and was told to take him directly to the emergency clinic. Within 1 hour of the first symptom we were at the clinic. Within 1 1/2 hours he was in surgery due to his stomach flipping. Surgery was 3 hours and luckily he is doing fine.

  18. sharon Says:

    I’m sorry for everyone who has lost a pet due to bloat. My Great Dane, Winston, died from it a few years ago and it was an incredible loss. We opted to do the gastropexy when we got a new Dane, and so far we haven’t had any problem.

    Also, after reading one of the postings, I felt compelled to reply since most people aren’t aware that there’s a lot of “people” food that can be toxic to your pet – including onions. Onions, garlic, chocolate, raisons, grapes are just a few foods that given even in small amounts can be deadly to your pet. A quick internet search can provide a pretty comprehensive list of the foods you should avoid feeding your pet – http://www.entirelypets.com/toxicfoods.html

  19. Tracy Gentry Says:

    Our American Bulldog, Petey, died from the bloat just three days ago. He was in perfect health and only four years old. He was like one of our children. We loved him so. The night before I fell down our garage steps and spent most of the night at the emergancy room. I am four months pregnante. I heard Petey crying at my bedside and thought he wanted outside. I could not get out of bed due to the pain and a knee injury. In the morning he was barely moving and we rushed him to the vet. He died on the way. I blamed myself for not listening to my boy and unable to help him. I have found comfort in the websites on dog bloat to understand I am not alone in my pain.
    His mate Darla, had 13 puppies in March and we had sold all but one the night before he died. The little girl puppy none seemed to take to, who is so much like him, is lightening our loss and pain. I thank God for the three years we were blessed with such love and devoation from Petey.

  20. Rikki Says:

    This happened to my dog a couple of days ago. My dog was 14 years old but only weighed 55 pounds. I wouldn’t consider him large breed. I have been around animals my entire life as I grew up on a farm and still had never heard of this. I am so sorry for the loss of your dog, I know how painful it is.

  21. Wallie Gee Says:

    I did not know about bloat. Last Tuesday 08/26/2008, my Chow Chow Bella Bear was going in and out of the dog door and made a little whinning noise. I knew immediately that something was amiss. I went to her and I usually give her a belly rub and to my surprise, her abdomen was hard as a blown up balloon and Bella cried again. I called my Vet right away and they told me not to bring her in, but to take her to the Emergency Animal Hospital immediately plus adding that this is life threatening. I immediately drove Bella to the hospital and they were waiting for my arrival due to a call from my Vet and within a half hour, Bella was in emergency surgery. I was lucky and Bella even luckier as the surgery was a success and she is home with me now. I was fortunate enough to have noticed the symptoms and reacted quickly. It saved her life! Her stomach turned 90 degrees and her spleen was moved, but because this was corrected right away, there was no damage to any organs. Her stomach was repositioned and spleen put back with no ill effects. Bella is in recovery and in the healing process that will take about 3 weeks. We are grateful to have terrific Vets and owe them our eternal graditude. Everyone that has a dog should be armed with the knowledge required to look out for bloat. I can kill within hours!

  22. NIKKI WILKERSON Says:

    I’M SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR DOG!!! MY BLUE FAWN PIT BULL JUST PASSED AWAY YESTERDAY FROM THE SAME THING. I DRIVE TRUCKS AT NIGHT & GET OFF THE FOLLOWING DAY. WELL, DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY I GOT HOME & FED HIM ALONG WITH MY OTHER 2 PITS. HE WAS PERFECTLY FINE, HAPPY, & LOVING AS NORMAL, BUT WHEN I CAME HOME FROM WORK YESTERDAY………HE WAS GONE. HE HAD BLOOD COMING OUT OF HIS NOSE & MOUTH, & HIS PUPILS WERE RED. HE WAS BLOATED WITH A GREEN TINT ON HIS BELLY & A HORRIBLE ODOR. IT LOOKED LIKE BETWEEN THE 12 HRS I WAS GONE HE SUFFERED. I WOULD GIVE ANYTHING TO HAVE BEEN THERE TO TAKE CARE OF HIM. THE VET DID AN AUTOPSY & HE TOLD ME HIS STOMACH HAD FLIPPED ON HIM. HE WAS MY SON & MY HEART. I WILL FOREVER LOVE HIM. YOU CAN SEE PICS OF HIM AT MYSPACE.COM/FACE607

  23. Justin Says:

    I was on here looking cause my 13 week old boxer puppy has a swollen stomah and im worried he is going to the vet first thing in the morning but i just wanted to tell you thank you cause the information you have given me helps my 2 boxer puppies to have a better future thank you so much

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  25. William Soza Jr Says:

    Sorry about your loss. :( My Akita died on Sept 22, 2008. I am about 80% sure he died of this condition. My regards to all who have lost a pet.

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  27. Larry Says:

    We lost our six year old Belgian Malinois,”Ruby”, to bloat several days ago. My wife and I are still very upset. It all started early Wednesday morning (around 2am) when we heard her moaning and saw her dry heaving. I thought nothing of it – I thought she had bad gas. My wife was more concerned and took her to the vet at around 10am (I left work to meet her there). The vet diagnosed her and told us she had little time to live and immediate surgery was needed at a cost of between $3k and $5k with a 50% chance of survival after surgery. Given the $ and chance of survival, we decided to say goodbye to her and have the vet put her to sleep… An hour later, one of the other vets at the practice called to say she would perform the surgery for free from money gained through a fund raiser. We gladly agreed! We saw Ruby the day after the surgery (Thursday) and she was in great spirits; we even walked her and she stood up and put her paws on my wife. On Friday after work, the vet released her to us – we all thought she was “out of the woods”… But, when we got her home we could tell she was not the same dog we saw the day before. We just thought she was in pain from the surgery; and we gave her the perscribed medication for the pain. But, she got worse into the night. We noticed a strange odor from her; she was too uncomfortable to lie down; and, she started to stagger as she walked. At around 5am Saturday, she collapsed on our living room floor. My wife held her while I petted her and she expired moments after she collapsed. My wife and I were devistated – extremely upset. We thought she was in pain recovering from the surgery; but, later learned her body couldn’t fight off the toxins that had built up… In retrospect, I wish we had her put to sleep when we first brought her in on Wednesday. But we’d be second guessing ourselves if we didn’t give a chance at the surgery… The vets we and all the staff at the hospital we’re so upset; they paid for her creamation… My wife and I feel for anyone who goes through this. My heart goes out to all who posted.

  28. D McCormack Says:

    Our German Sheperd died last night because of bloat…vomitting mucus but nothing else…husband thought it was because he was eating leaves again as a digestive aid…he was anxious (but GS’s tend to be anyway)…he was 11 years young….perfect hips…nothing wrong with our ‘champion’ dog…..he died overnight apparently….the worst news this morning to hear that your dog passed on (and what probably was such an awful death). I always thought he would die peacefully in his sleep years from now….I am without any other words….a loss I cannot describe but I know you have gone through as well.

  29. Robin Ackerley Says:

    We lost our beautiful Siberian husky mix dog last week to Bloat. He was almost 5 and a very special member of our family, we are all devastated. We recognized he wasn’t doing well and called the vet for advice, she just told us to limit his water and withhold his food, she said she was concerned about bloating, but never told us it could kill him. We waited all night for her office to open at 10 the next morning, and when we got there, she gave him almost no chance, it was too late. He was euthanized. I have been cyring and blaming myself all week…we had never heard of this, we just didn’t realize the danger. I will do my best to educate anyone I know with a large dog, so this never happens to anyone else.

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  31. Kristin Says:

    We lost our precious dobie Missy in the afternoon on November 1st, 2008 to bloat. I was not aware of the symptoms and just thought she was having another one of her upset stomach episodes. She was very restless and was dry heaving so I put her outside. She came in with a little foam in her mouth but I just thought it was from the grass she was eating. A couple of hours passed and even though she showed some signs like getting up and lying down, restless, hunched over, again I just thought she had an upset stomach. I did not know about this bloat. My husband returned home from running errands and saw that her stomach was very distended…something that I did not notice. I immediately called the emergency hospital and they told me to bring her in right away. As she was walking towards the truck, she collapsed and I knew it wasn’t good. My husband took her to the vet and she never made it there. I am just sick over this. I keep rehashing every thing she did that day and even though she showed some signs, nothing stood out to me. I am blaming myself for her death. I wish I would have acted sooner b/c I know I could have saved her. My poor girl was suffering and I did nothing. I will never forget her. My heart goes out to all of you who have lost your precious baby to this deadly and horrible disease.

  32. Shannon Strohl Says:

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  34. k cherry Says:

    We lost our dog almost 2 years ago to bloat, we caught it right away had the surgury, they stapled his stomach, they said everything went very well, they got him up in the middle of the night to go potty, 12 hours later we were called to come to the clinic right way, to this day I don’t understand, I’ved looked at many web sites. His lungs were filling up with fluids and they couldn’t control it, I don’t understand what happened, they told me maybe he had a heart condition, which wasnt true, his vet always cleared him as being healthy with no heart problems. To this day I cry almost everyday for him not understanding what went wrong or why. We were sent out the door with a collar and a bill for $5600.00. What made his lungs fill up with fluid after a sucessful surgury???

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  37. Nicole Gordon Says:

    Hi
    My dog had terrible symptoms last night around 6 but he always had a weak stomach so I thought he was just a little sick. I fed, bathed, and put my 1 yearol to bed. Hour and a half later I realized my precious Emmit was missing. I found him under my deck crying. I immediatly got ready and rushed him to the animal hospital. They performed surgery and he is now in recovery. It is almost 24 hours later. They say he is stable and doing ok. Does anyone know or think he is going to recover. his coloring was bad this morning but it turned pink now. Can someone please tell me I have hope for my dog?? I am extremely nervous, he is only 3 and a loving Goldendoodle with the best spirit.

  38. Dan Says:

    Nicole,
    It’s great that you got your dog into surgery and that his color is improving. Did they preform a gastropexy on your Doodle? He should be monitored very closely for the time being (which I am sure they are doing at your vet). Most complications occur within the first 72 hours, so hopefully he’ll continue to be on the mend. Good luck and healing thoughts to him! Let us know how he does.
    -Dan

  39. richard Says:

    hi
    My dog is having terrible symptom and i dont know what it is? my dog rocky is a half staff and half english mastiff he is now just under 10 weeks and weighs 8.30kg he keeps getting red eyes i think this is when he has no energy and probley sleepy, and lately he has been doing a poo which is a little solid and a little loose and there seems to be blood with the poo, like little drops of blood on the floor and with the poo,hes pooing with ease no force at-all, i took him to the vet and the vet doctor gave me a siringe and told me to give him this 3 times a day 2ml only, and gave me some food 3tins and said feed him these 3 tins within 2 days only no other food…which i have done but my right hand man (rocky) is not improving can any one share any light please help me this is really making me worried…

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  41. Christine Belue Says:

    I just got back from the emergency vet for my 7 year old Chesapeake Bay mix, Busta. The first two years of his life wasn’t good, he was severely abused. We got him from a resue the weekend he was scheduled to be put down. He was so sweet and loveable and always protected me. He had bloat and the vet said that the chance of him surving the surgery was slim. They said that he was in pain and stress. He was so sweet. I loved him so much. I never thought that losing a pet would hurt this much. It like you lost a part of yourself. He was my special baby. He always did whatever I asked him. I love large dogs, and if I ever get another, I will make sure that I get the gastropexy when I get him fixed. Thanks for the information, and I am sorry for your loss.

  42. blue about Blue Says:

    Thank you to everyone who’s shared their story about losing their beloved dog to bloat. My Mastiff mix, Blue, developed this condition Wednesday night and by the time my husband and I realized what was happening, it was too late to do anything about it…his stomach was distended, he was having trouble breathing, and the nearest emergency vet is an hour away. I am still in shock and I cry every day. We adopted Blue from the shelter and he was mistreated before he came to us…now I’m so glad for all the love and attention he received in our home, all the belly rubs and walks and time together. He was a wonderful companion and I can’t believe that one minute he was a perfectly healthy 5-year old and in half an hour deathly ill. We were lucky to find a vet (thank you to Kevin at Town & Country) to come to our house in the middle of the night to euthanize him. He wouldn’t have made it much longer as his condition deteriorated so rapidly, but at least we could prevent him suffering longer. Even though we knew he was dying, that is still the most horrible decision I have ever had to make. I wish I had known more about this condition, and my heart goes out to all of you who have experienced the same traumatic loss. Blessings.

  43. Kelly Bastow Says:

    Hi :)

    Can this kind of bloating happen to a 3 month old little puppy?

    Our daughter’s dog was fine, then she gulped her food, a little later threw up, got bloated, started having a hard time breathing and then died in her arms.

    What a horror for her!!! She has cried and cried and wondered what more she could have done as this came on so suddenly.

    Help!

  44. Michael Hansell Says:

    Our dog Sheppie,part black lab part german sheperd,passed away on June 10th from bloating.Sheppie had all the symptoms starting at about 3 a.m.we didn’t get him to the E.R. till 8 a.m.Sheppie hung in there for 3 days after the surgery.He was the best dog ever,a perfect gentleman and will be missed!Had we known about bloating before,and reacted quicker he may be here with us today.I Love You Sheppie!!!!

  45. Astrid Says:

    My very naughty boxer 10.5 year old, “Fred” died yesterday after what I now beleive to be bloat – he had all the symptoms (that I only recognise now I’ve been on the web sadly) although as he often stole food, and drank too much water he had had similar symptoms previously. I sent him into the garden after I’d cleaned up after him and when I went out around 20 mins later he was in a coma and died a few minutes later in my arms. I feel so terrible…I just didn’t know. I cannot bear to think he was suffering and I wasn’t there – we loved him so much! So sorry for all your losses too.

  46. Jennifer Says:

    I lost my 2yr. old English Mastiff, Sampson, to bloat last night. And as well, was not aware of how common it is. I am devistated! But also glad to know I’m not alone.

  47. Neva Says:

    Thank you for this information. My silky terrier has “simple bloat” and is still at the emergency hospital – he is only 2 and started vomiting last night and crying and I just knew something was really wrong so we took him to the emergency vet right away. He was all full of gas but the stomach hadn’t flipped (thank god). I am waiting for a call from the vet to tell me what to do next and am beside myself – did I do something to make this happen to him? He is my heart and angel so he needs to be ok.

  48. theresa Says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Eli:( We just lost our 5month year old german shepard last night to something similar. My husband came home and found him in his kennel. I had know idea about letting them rest after eating because this could happen. Its very hard to lose a dog especially when they are like our kids. thanks for sharing your story.

  49. Lenee Says:

    We just lost our 3 year old English Bulldog Rex, 07/11/09 to what we think is bloat. Can anyone please tell me if this is what is sounds like? We arrived home at about midnight after being gone all day only to find our little Rex dead on the back pourch. He had blood coming from his nose and foam around his mouth, his stomach was very firm and fat. I am sorry to be graphic but I need closure. I never thought that losing a pet could be so hard and hurt so bad. My heat goes out to all of you who has gone through this.

  50. Ellen Says:

    I am still in tears whilst typing this letter. Our beloved, English Bulldon, Oscar (9 years old), went in for an eye operation yesterday. We brought him home and was told not to give him any food or water until the next morning. At 1 am this morning however, Ozzie seemed extremely thirsty, so we gave him water – and he had a few bulldog gulps from his waterbowl. Afterwards he made choking sounds and tried to vomit (although nothing was coming out of his mouth). We did not find this to be unusual since this was basically his normal “routine” after a walkies (which is something he did not recently have due to arthiritis). However, this morning at 06:45, we found him laying in the garden – no foam or blood on his face. Just laying there – as if he was fast asleep – his body was still warm. We were in total shock. He was the baby in our family. Our Oscar. In tears, we rushed him to the vet. We were hoping that the diagnosis would be a heart attach – or something humane. We were then told that his tummy “flipped”. At first I thought that it’s ok – cos it could happen at any time. Now – I am guilt ridden – blaming myself for giving him too much water. I also can’t bear the thought of him suffering and that he was perhaps searching for us in the garden – hoping that we would be able to help. I keep playing the events in my mind – desperately trying to find an answer. I know that he was old and the arthiritis was also getting to him…but to think of my poor baby suffering throughout the night, dying alone…leaves me heartbroken. I am just so grateful for this website and in a way – however sad it is – to hear from people who suffered a similar loss (especially those bulldog lovers out there), make it all a tiny bit more bearable.

    PS: I read about a tummy flip once in the book called Marley and Me – I however never thought that it could apply to a dog with “normal” eating habits. Can anyone perhaps just answer my one question: Does the tummy flip only occur after the dog as eaten or drank excessively – or can it happen out of the blue (without consumption of any food). I truly wish I could stop blaming myself. And I agree – people should be made aware of this condition and as a standard rule – vets should tell their clients of any risks attached to excessive eating or drinking!? One would have thought that water is good for dogs! No matter how much they drink?

  51. Jan & Ed Says:

    We lost our beloved Akita, Kiku, to this horrible condition. (She died on July 25th.) Like most of the other dog owners, we were unaware of the signs. The day before was like any other day; she ate, drank, went for her walk, and did her duty like always. That night, my husband heard her pacing about and let her out in the yard at 2:00 am. When he let her back in the garage, she seemed restless, but he thought nothing of it. At 6:00 am Ed discovered Kiku laying on the garage floor, blood coming from her mouth. We realized she had ripped the sensor from the garage door and chewed it to the point of breaking her teeth! Her abdomen was distended and she seemed to be in shock. We rushed her to the vet, but she died on the way. At 13 years of age we knew her days were numbered, but the thought of her suffering so just breaks our hearts. Our sympathy goes out to all who have lost their beloved pets.

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  53. Diana Says:

    I just lost my sweet boy Oscar, a boxer mix, to this horrible affliction just last week. He was 11 1/2 but completely healthy, happy & full of life. Last Mon. night around 1:30am he started retching w/no results & walking sort of funny, like hunched over all around the house, clearly uncomfortable. I called the emergency vet & the doctor casually told me I “might wanna bring him in b/c his stomach might be twisting.” I had never heard of this, which makes me feel so sad & ignorant now but I proceeded to get dressed & get ready to go. When I opened the door Oscar darted out into my [un-fenced] yard, not to return (on his own). I am still beating myself up for this. In a complete state of panic, thinking he had run off to die, I finally went looking for him in the car & found him, still alive but looking weak. I rushed him to the emergency hospital where he had surgery immediately. He survived & they all said they were optimistic! Unfortunately he did not progress through the next day as well as the doctor had hoped & around 7pm that night, a mere 13 hrs after the “successful” surgery & less than 20 hrs from the first onset of symptoms, my baby’s heart stopped. I am still beside myself with grief. I have overwhelming feelings of sadness and guilt. He meant the world to me and now he is gone! I feel that I failed him miserably in a time & way that mattered most. I hope that all dog owners become educated on this horrible condition–the #1 killer of our best friends after cancer. My heartfelt condolences to all who have ever lost pets, to this or to anything else.

  54. scott Says:

    September 15th, 2009
    Harley, our standard poodle died last night with the classic symptoms of bloat. We were aware of bloat, but had never witnessed it before. We called our Vet and he gave us a few things to check for, none of which our dog had. My wife even floated the idea that Harley may have a flipped stomach, but the Vet dismissed it and said to bring him in the morning if he didn’t seem better. Big mistake! After reading these posts I don’t know that he would have even made it with treatment and most likely we would have had him put down versus let him suffer. If you sense your dog may have had this occur, time is of the essence. I have since read that 1-2 hours is the normal treatment range to prevent the stomach tissue from beginning to die from lack of circulation. Other symptoms our dog had; general uneasyness and restless, attempting to vomit but no volume, some difficulty breathing, and just below the rib cage was bloating and tightness to the touch about the size of a large grapefruit. Other symptoms you may observe are drooling, a hunched over posture with the head lower than the back, and attempting to poop without producing a stool. This has been a really sad event and I hope that perhaps your outcome should this occur has a happy ending!!!

  55. Desiree Says:

    I cannot believe I lost my precious Dewey, my sweet black lab little girl of 11 years so suddenly yesterday of this terible disease. One minute she was fine, hanging out with me outside in the yard while I was working. Then, I called for her because she disappeared for a few minutes and she came to me as if she felt very sick. She was vomiting up foam, very restless, wanting to hide, and the left side of her belly was blowing up in front of my eyes. I called the Vet ER immediately and they said to bring her in, as this could be fatal. When I was changing my clothes quickly to take poor Dewey, she was crying and so upset. I wished I would have not bothered to even change, but I had no idea what was to happen. She was crying in the car, which was something she never did, and she was panting. The drive was 45 minutes and I kept checking in the rear view mirror and trying to touch her and telling her how much I loved her. She seemed to calm down just before we arrived, but then about 100 yards before we got there I did not see her breathing. I made it to the ER, ran into get help, but my baby was already gone. I cannot believe this, I am a nurse and my husband is a doctor, we had no idea a gastric problem can make a dog die suddenly. Please educate anyone you know about this – I already have started. Rest in peace, heart of my life.

  56. Paula Kessler Says:

    Cindy was an unusually large Springer Spaniel. She was a “rescue” as most of my animals have been. She was preparing to cross a busy street when I picked her up. Nobody replied to the found dog posters I put out, so she became part of our family. It was a little hard adjusting to such a large animal, but she was so sweet and kind that she won our hearts. We had her for more than 10 years, and when I would hear about abused and neglected animals, I would take her masked face in my hands and promise her that nobody would ever hurt her. One night, I noticed that she looked a little bloated, but I fed her anyway, not realizing that it was the worst thing I could have done. Her girth increased so much that it was apparent that something serious was going on, so we rushed her to an all night pet hospital. She was diagnosed with “flipped stomach”, and they told us she would have to have immediate surgery, but warned us that the recovery would be difficult, if she survived. Immediately, I agreed to the surgery, but re-thought my decision when I realized how hard it would be to get her up and around after the procedure. The fact that she was 12 years old finally brought me to the painful realization that it would be best to let her go. They gave her a sedative before the ultimate shot, and she was so sleepy she could hardly keep her eyes open, as I told her goodbye. It was over so soon…. We had come in with our beautiful dog, cooperating to the fullest, even though she must have been in terrible pain, and now we were alone, walking to the car in tears. My dear Cindy, I wish I would have known about the flipped stomach syndrome. I will always remember you…. I love you.

  57. Lisa Says:

    I am not sure if my Masie (GSD) had bloat but here is my story. Wednesday morning around 2am she became restless. I wasn’t too concerned since it had become cooler that evening and the heat had turned on. I just thought she was trying to find a cool place to lay down. Then about 7am she vomited once. Wasn’t dry heaving at all. Was walking fine, not hunched over. I let her outside before I left for work at 7:40am. She was walking around not lethargic at all. Then when my husband arrived home at 4:30pm she was already gone. He said there was a little blood around her backside. She ate fine the night before but did not eat in the morning. I thought she had an upset stomache.

  58. charles Says:

    my dog king died yesterday at 4am from what i believe is bloat related complications. his symptoms actually started a week and a half prior but no one knew what it was. after finding tons of information online, i realized it was bloat and because he was a large akita, he was prone to it at his age(nearly 10). he recovered on his own after the first bout but would have it again on and off for the next week. he would be restless, just want water, and whine and eventually start to bellow in pain. i tried giving him only soup when he recovered but on his last night even the soup caused it. at 4am i heard him fall inside his house and he let out two barks. thinking this was strange i rushed out to find him toppled against the front of his house and immediately picked him up and laid him down. his bowels released so i knew he was dying. he seemed unconscious but kept breathing for about five more minutes. i kept my hand on his heart and my other hand over his eyes until his breathing finally stopped. this is a horrible thing for big dogs. i believe he had a heart attack due to his stomach turning and shutting his system down. i’ve read all the info and the survival rate even after surgery so decided it wasn’t worth it and that i’d try to take care of him naturally with soups and gas-x. r.i.p. king kong, we miss you greatly.

  59. Sarah Says:

    im sorry about eli):
    about a year ago our six year old doberman, monte, had bloat. He was walking around the house, panting and trying to vomit. we called an emergency vet and were instructed to take him to an emergency clinic. he got his spleen removed and there was a 75% chance he wouldn’t make it. but a couple days and $4000 later, our boy was home:)

  60. James Says:

    Reading all of these stories bring tears to my eyes. We lost our 10 year old Boxer Lennox last Wednesday night to bloat. We had dropped him off at my mom’s so that she could watch both of my Boxers while we were on vacation. About an hour after eating, apparently he started to foam at the mouth was walking around the house with his back arched. My sister called me to tell me that he didn’t look good, but I thought that he just may have an upset stomach. I knew what bloat was, but didn’t really think fast enough. After about another half hour, my sister called me again and we rushed over to get him. We got him to the emergency vet but it was too late. His stomach had twisted. They said that surgery would probably not fix the problem since it had been so long. We had to put him down. It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced and I keep hoping the pain will go away. My heart goes out to all of you who have lost your pets to this terrible thing. I had Lennox for 10 years and he was in perfectly good health. I feel lucky to have had him as long as I did. God bless.

  61. Erin S. Says:

    I’m absolutely DEVASTATED about this condition, and to all who have posted previously, my sincere heartfelt condolences and prayers for you to remember all the amazing times you had with your precious one. My beautiful Bailey (6.5 y/o Weimaraner) just passed away from this on 2 January 2010. I am beating myself up because this happened while we were away on vacation and she was being very well taken care of at a Vet clinic (somewhere she had been 3 times before for boarding). I keep asking myself if I could have prevented it or recognized it sooner if I would have been home with her (the vet noticed that she was behaving strangely after she arrived to the clinic for the 7:00 am feeding). She underwent 3 hours of surgery (41 staples!) and the vet even stayed with her throughout the night following, checking on her every 1-2 hours…but then she developed DIC and passed away before I was even able to see her one last time the following morning. Looking back, I remember multiple times she exhibited symptoms of bloat onset (especially the trying to vomit, but not being able to or just vomiting a litte..), but I truly wasn’t even aware of this condition until this happened recently. I will be viligent in my ongoing research of this condition and will take all signs/symptoms of any future pets I may have VERY seriously….thank you all for your information.

  62. Jill R. Says:

    We lost our sweet loving 15 year old Dalmatian Domino last night to bloat. She was a healthy senior Gram-ma that struggled with arthritis, which is typical for a dog her age. I was aware of the condition of bloat as a co-worker’s dog suffered from bloat, underwent the operation(at 11 years old) and lived a good 3 years after. My best advice to dog owner’s–>> really know your pet and how they normally act and you will be able to pick up the symptoms of this silent killer. Even though we acted very quickly, her stomach did rotate fully and the only option was surgery. At her advanced age we could not justify proceeding with this very invasive, long post-op recovery time and high complication rates. Her quality of life would decrease and we felt she would suffer greatly. Even though we realized the outcome was something we did not want to face, it was one of the hardest most painful decisions we had to make.
    R.I.P Domino *the best dog in the world*
    There is no hard evidence as why bloat happens … research has been done but the question remains unanswered. Maybe one day it will.

  63. KAYLA mullis Says:

    Thank you so much for rhis post! You have most likely saved my dogs life. I have a two year old male snow white husky named Okami. Ever since he got him at five weeks he has had an overly sinsetive stomach or so I though. He would constontly throw up and get sick when he ate or drank anything. If I was careful and gave him a little water at a time he was okay and when he got sick we gave him pepto. so for two years I’ve been nursing him lately he has gotten worse and lost alot of weight. I thought it was his stomach but I didn’t know what or how serious it was. I looked it up online and found this post and he is going to the vet tomorrow as soon as they open. To much longer and his stomach would have surely fliped so now that i know I had to thank you and partly the movie Marley And me lol

  64. Alex Says:

    Our Akita, Chica, was put to sleep last night due to bloat. She was 12 years old and full of life. She had her meal as usual, went for her evening walk at 7:30 p.m. By 8:00 p.m. she started heaving, her stomach was swollen, and after looking up her symptoms on the internet called the vet immediately. By 9:30 p.m. she was in the vets office, by 10:00 p.m. she was euthanized. It was a very hard decision for us but realized that due to her age and prognosis for full recovery it was best to stop her suffering. We are heartbroken, but are very happy she was a part of our lives for so long.
    God Bless – Chica

  65. Duffy & Maria Says:

    We lost our 9 yr old Akita, Samson, early this am…..He was fine yesterday, very playful…long walk, great energy….and when we went to bed he was just normal.
    Woke up and he was on his side, dead, lots of white foam around his mouth and severely bloated. Never heard of this being an issue with Akita’s (have had 2 of this noble breed). My daughter found him and is devastated, as we all are. I know he suffered, which really saddens me….He didnt make one noise, though, true to this breeds toughness. I am thankful for his companionship and loyalty. Great dog. Great friend.

  66. Janine & Bobby Says:

    Sorry about your Eli, we just lost our Shadow (pure bred Shepard)this morning. My husband and I are devestated. Shadow was our baby as we were unable to have children of our own. He was the happiest dog ever, loved to play and play and play. Last night he was acting strangely, jumping on top of us, walking around the house aimlessly, very restless. My husband slept on the floor with the dog, I got up this morning and put Shadow outside, he tried to vomit and tried to poop but nothing came out. I noticed that he was swelling in the abdomen, he was acting very strangely and appeared to be in great pain as he was crying and moaning as never before.
    I wish we had known about this preventative surgery. We miss our Shadow so much, he was such a major part of our lives and was the most loving friend anyone could ask for.

  67. Jim Says:

    Thank you to all who have written, it has made what happened last night just a little bit easier. Baxter was a 12-13 year old Bassett/Hound mix that I rescued 10 years ago. I picked him up yesterday morning from a weekend at doggie “camp”, took him home, gave him a bath, and let him hang out on the deck (his favorite thing) to dry in the sun. He had a great day. That night, he had a big meal (since he rarely eats at camp) and became very restless about a half hour later. He tried to throw up and could only dry heave. My wife kept saying that there was something wrong, but we couldn’t figure out what it was. I took him on a short walk to go to the bathroom, and that’s when I noticed how large his stomach had become. It was like someone was inflating a balloon inside of him. Much like others have said, he was also losing control of his back legs. I called the animal hospital and they said to bring him in right away. The drive was about ten minutes, and I couldn’t help but notice the strange odor he was giving off. When we arrived, they took x-rays right away, and within a couple of minutes we were told there wasn’t anything that could be done. For those of you who waited overnight, please don’t blame yourself. Baxter went from happy and healthy to being gone in just over an hour. He was the best dog ever, and will be missed more than words can say. Yesterday I lost my best friend.

  68. Michael Says:

    1 month ago I lost my 12 year old English Bulldog Diesel to what I now know was due to bloat.
    I too keep replaying the nights events over and over wishing I would have done something.
    Around 2:30am we were laying on the couch together- he had arthritis in his back legs so I always carried him up the stairs to bed with us.
    When I picked him up he seemed like he just wanted to stay on couch but I picked him up and put him down in my bed. I remember patting his belly and saying “your going to be farting tonight” out load to him. About a half hour later he got out of bed and wretched, I thought he threw up which he did quite regularly. There was no vomit though (I learned the next day) and then he went downstairs on his own- which he has done also in the past- we called him a poop bandit as he would always poop in our dining room (he did poop that night- knowing he did it fighting for his life makes it that much harder to imagine what he went through).
    Since it was late I listened for him to yelp for me to come get him and I heard nothing an I fell asleep. My wife and 2 kids ages 2 & 4 did not notice he was not breathing and hurried to get ready for work and daycare at 7am.
    I woke up around 9:00am and went down stairs to see my dog and say “Hi Deezy” before I could take a step my stomach dropped- he was not moving and my worst fear came true- he was cold. He did look like he was sleeping facing the door like he always would.
    I screamed and cried for a half hour before I could even dial the phone to call my wife- I actually called the wrong # first and the poor man on the phone was saying “what’s wrong”.
    He had stomach issues, yeast infections in his ears had made him deaf. He had just visited the vet and they said he could live another 2-3 years. I was never warned or even heard of Bloating- especially being deadly. I can even recall an occasion when he wretched and fell over on his side and scared me to death but I went over and picked him up and he was fine.
    I wish I had done something- the guilt is terrible thinking he suffered and I could have helped him. I have never cried so much in my life! I still always want to see him greet me at the door when I come home and spoon him in bed.
    My kids really don’t seem to miss him which hurts me too. He was always stealing their food and my 2 year old would always sleep with him on the couch and call every dog he saw “Deezy”.
    I miss him so much! My best friend is gone.
    Sorry for all your losses and thank you for sharing – it helps.

  69. Liam Says:

    Hey. Just googles some symptoms my dog has. He’s a chocolate labrador, 1 year old. Early this morning, i noticed his abdomen was quite hard when i was stroking him, i ignore this. He then lied down, and as he went to change position, it was as if something shocked him. Like if you were to crawl around on your bruised knees, then accidently sit on your bruises, and stand up. He was also coughing alot. We decided to take him to the vets, where they came him anti-biotics. About 2 hours later, he has started panting alot,salivating, and is disorientated. The Vet said he would be disorientated, but the rapid, constant panting is worrying. So we’ve sent him to vet to be looked after, i only hope he’s okay. After reading this article, i fear my dog might have the same thing. Could it be?

  70. Jill Says:

    I am adding my family’s experience because of the emotional turmoil that we have felt since we lost our rescued flat coat retriever Buddy (8 yrs) last Thursday night @ the ER Vet because he flared up all the classic bloat symptoms. Buddy was an angel in a dogsuit, and lived to give & receive our daily affection. He had gastritis, which developed 3 weeks before. I was feeding him only plain rice, some boiled chicken and pepcids after meals. On the night of his bloat attack, he did not want to walk w/us & our 2 other dogs. He was ‘unproductively wretching,’ and his belly became distended. With 1 hour @ the vet, and learning about his prognosis, my husband knew we had to put him to sleep. We live with holes in our hearts, but watching him become a possible 8-year-old canine invalid was not something we could have considered. If I had known about this, he would have had his stomach stapled when he was first rescued. Find a qualified vet and do it. YOu will have your wonderful dog for more quality years if you do. Don’t take the chances.

  71. Lisa Says:

    I lost my German Shepherd to bloat 3 weeks ago. He woke up at 4:30 am vomiting so I put him out in the yard to get sick. I went to check on him and put his bed on the patio for him to rest on. I also checked the yard to see if he did vomit. there was nothing out there. At that point he couldn’t walk anymore and had diarreha. I rushed him to my vet and was told he only had a 50% chance of living and his blood supply has been cut off. I decided to euthanize. That was so heartbreaking. I knew about bloat but I didn’t realize all the symptoms of bloat. He had all of the symptoms. Bloated stomach, saliva coming out of his mouth no stomach acid or food coming up.

  72. claire Says:

    my 6 year old gsd had bloat on new years eve i had heard of bloat has a friend dog died with it so as soon as i saw his stomach swell i knew he had bloat an quickly got him to vets he had an operation he was given just 40% chance of livin so i thought he wud die lucky he lived but if ihadnt got him there as quick as i did he wudnt be here now i feel for u all what lost ur dogs to this cos i know how i felt wen i thought i wud lose mine to this awful disease i still scared about it now im so carefull an with my labs

  73. Jacqueline Says:

    i received a phone call from my mother last night, advising me that my dog kujo (aka booboo) was very sick… and i needed to come home and watch her for the night. 45 minutes later i came home.. i immediately knew that it wasnt just “something she ate” her eyes stared up at me, almost pleading at me to help her. her body swayed back and forth when she stood. all she wanted was for me to pet her and kiss her.. she lay her poor head on my lap. i drove her to the vet emerg, which is where i noticed her stomach swelling, and getting larger by the minute. the vet took her from me immediately. it all happened so fast. after doing an xray, he quickly told me they needed to do surgery that minute. i kissed her and held her drooping head in both hands… i could already tell by the look in her eyes that it was too late. i told booboo how much i loved her… and went into the waiting room.
    unfortunately their was too much internal damage, and all organs were beyond repair. booboo was euthanized shortly after.
    her spirit will always live on.. she brought me 6 years of happiness and laughter and memories that i would not trade for a thing.<3 i just wish i could have done something to help her, and to take away any pain and fear that she might have felt.

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  75. Bridget Says:

    My dog just underwent this emergency surgery on Sunday. If it wasn’t for the animal planet, I would have never known what was going on and would have probably lost my German Shepherd. While I am so sorry for the loss of your friend, I am so glad that you have shared and educated dog owners who did not know.

  76. Janeen Says:

    We lost our Diesel last night to bloat. We noticed after coming home from a 5 day trip that diesel smelled funny, i knew about bloat and the preventitive measures but did not know that a bad smell was a symptom. Diesel was an 8 1/2 year old great dane. We had always been careful about his food and no exercise at least 1 hr after eating. He must have been sick for at least 3 hours before I noticed his stomach was hard and he began panting heavily. I called the vet and brought him quickly to the emeregency vet at midnight. By 1 am he was quietly euthinized. I researched many websites and discussed bloat with our vet. Sadly no one ever metioned the smell. We may have been able to save our beloved Diesel if some had explained all of the sypmtons. Peace be with you Diesel. I love and miss you so very much!!!! Mom.

  77. Donna Says:

    Ellen:

    It has been many years and still I am touched by your story. My Chow was a Hurricane Katrina dog who had survived so many traumas but in the end I could not save him from a drastic death. I too did not know about “Bloat” and how I wish a vet had educated me about it. I watched while in a span of less than one hour Calvin died a horrible and painful death. He too was in our backyard, eating grass. Within a few short minutes he was in my home, panting, drinking water excesssively, attempting to vomit. I thought it was the combination of chasing squirrels, drinking water rapidly, and then eating. But within less than an hour of coming home from work, he was lethargic, stumbling, flaying his feet and then unable to pick himself up off the floor. Your precious dog died in the garden that was his sanctuary. Your sanctuary. You were his love, his comfort and his sanctuary. You will always remain his sanctuary. My vet sent me a card that will always remain with me. Grieve not nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you. I loved you so. Twas Heaven here with you. Sweet lady, it was Heaven that he was here with you. May those memories hold you always and one day you will meet again with your Beloved dog. Love is Timeless and He will always remember your love for him. For all time he is running around without Pain or Regret. And your Love has, and will always, sustain Him forever.

  78. Becky Says:

    I WISH I had read this 24hrs ago, I have just lost my Rotti to this terrible condition. Now I have to live with the guilt that I didn’t act fast enough. I loved that dog dearly and I thought I was a responsible owner. I will send this to every dog owner I know so they don’t go through the same. I truly understand how awful this is.:o)

  79. Shawn Says:

    I lost my 12 1/2 year old female boxer to bloat on 11/22/11. This came to me as a shock because she had not done any rigorous exercise before or after consuming the food. I was always careful to avoid that situation. She did however gulp down a significant amount of water while eating that day. That is probably what caused it. I ended up having her put down instead of surgery. I could not bare to see her suffer. It was a very difficult decision. I will forever love her. She was my baby.

  80. dog died suddenly Says:

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  81. cyndi Says:

    Sorry for your lost. Wish I would have read this sooner. We lost our dog MUNTY, who was 4 yrs old and very healthy on Dec.24 2011, with bloat. It was a horrible death. We had no idea what bloat was. To watch him suffer and no vet would see him in the small town were we live. It was so stressful and awful not being about to help him. We had our Munty at the vet about a week prior to concerns about him bring up white fluid and swelling in the face and ankles. But they thought it was an infection and sent us home with meds.Since this time I have been researching everything about Bloat. I surely agree with you. Owners of large breed dogs need to know more about Bloat. It not a way to watch your best friend suffer and great chance of dying because it happens so fast.

  82. Chris Says:

    I too, wish I had known about bloat. We lost our precious goldendoodle Cookie 3 days ago. She was only 1 1/2 years old! She was restless around 1am and trying to vomit. I wasn’t too concerned, because she has had stomache issues before. She had no other signs of bloat. I checked on her around 2am, and when I awoke at 9am she was dead in her crate. I feel horrible, been crying for days. We have 4 kids who are devistated! She was such an amazing dog. Reading these stories has helped me so much though knowing that I’m not alone.

  83. Eric Says:

    I lost my best friend, companion, and guardian to bloat early this morning. I got off of work after a 12 hour shift and took a nap. 2.5 hours later I hear my all white Akita named Snowy barking. Snowy was 9 years old and it was something different about this bark. I went down to check on him and he was very restless. He immediately walk to me. He follow me around the house trying to get my attention. He was unable to lay on his stomach. I ended up taking him to a 24 hr clinic and 1.5hrs later which made me wait for an additional hour. They diagnosis him and gave me a quote of $700-900 to pass a tube down and $2000 for the surgery. Being a new grad that was something I dd not have at the moment. They sent me to another clinic 40 miles away that would do the tube passing for 600 and the surgery for 1200. I ultimately decided that due to the prognosis and my full time schedule I would not be able to monitor the recover and his diet properly so I made the decision to have him euthanize. I was there with him to the end holding him. That what friends are for.

  84. Lise Says:

    We lost our Charlie – it was so fast- we thought it was constipation – I feel sick that I did not know.

  85. Gerry Says:

    My dog just died yesterday. Her stomach was like a 10 month pregnant woman, bigger then a basket ball. I really thought she just had to go to the bathroom. She was pron to stomachaches. She always got the runs. Never thought for a second it was life altering. She was a rottie and such a great temperment. But her syptoms were none that any bloat sight say. Only the stomach for 30 mins, then it looked like she had a stoke, that is when I got her into the car and as we got her in the car she had a seizer, then 10 mins later she was dead.

    Our hearts are broken and we will miss Jazz, but like you said no one said anything to us, and I never heard of it before. We always had large dog last 2 were chocolate labs. Vets really need to tell you about this.

    I don’t think anyone could have did anything for her even if we got there with in minutes of it starting. It happen so fast…

    These animals get right into your heart and the love we given them is greater then the love they give us in the end. Its not even 24 hours, but I know she is in a better place, no pain, and running free!! She had joint problems cause of abuse she suffered for 5 years before we got her. So the last 2 years of her life were peaceful and happy. She played out side, which her original owner chained her up in a basement on a leaky pipe, so everytime it rained she got scared and cried. I don’t know how people can be so cruel.

    Now when I see animal just like a child, if I think it is being abused, I call for help for it. I was an abuse child, I put it this way better safe then sorry. I will put my two cents in because they can’t. Someone needs to be their voice!!!!

  86. Sally and Nick Says:

    We lost our beautiful 100 lb german shepherd this morning to bloat. He was9 years old and the love of our lives. He was fine last night when we went to bed. He sleeps in our room with us.This morning he was not feeling well he went out side and tried to throw up but only foam came out he went under the deck which he never does and was not acting normal when he came out from under the deck we noticed that his stomach was bloated and he appeared to be in pain. We rushed to the emergency vet and the did a x-ray and said that his stomach had flipped. they said that they could do emergency surgery for 5,000 dollars but there was no guarantee. We opted to have him euthanized although it was the hardest decision we have ever had to make.We were with him to the bitter end and we will miss him terribly.Gunner we will never forget you and we will always love you. this has been a terrible shock to us and we had to pay 700 dollars and could not save him. I hope no one else has to go through this with their best friend

  87. Krissie Says:

    I HAVE HAD A VERY HARD TIME READING ALL OF THE STORY’S OF ALL THAT HAVE LOST THERE DOGS TO BLOAT! I HAVE A STORY TO TELL ABOUT MY 12 YEAR OLD CHOW SHEPHERD MIX (NIKKI) THAT GOT THE BLOAT LAST SUNDAY MORNING AND I SAID GO HEAD AND DO THE SURGERY AND SHE IS LAYING HERE NEXT TO ME IN BED AND DOING VERY WELL THANK GOD. I KNOW I WAS TAKING A CHANCE ON HER HAVING SURGERY AT THE AGE OF 12 BUT I HAD TO AT LEAST GIVE HER A CHANCE TO LIVE. I DID KNOW THE SINGS OF BLOAT AND THANK GOD MY VET IS OPEN ON SUNDAY WHEN THEY CAME IN AFTER THE XRAY AND SAID SHE HAS BLOAT AND WE HAVE TO DO SURGERY RIGHT NOW!! I SAID GO HEAD DO IT THEY SAID WELL ITS GOING TO BE 21 HUNDRED I SAID I DONT CARE HOW MUCH IT IS JUST DO IT. I HAVE HAD HER FROM THE ARE OF 8 1/2 WEEKS AND I WILL DO ANYTHING TO SAVE HER. I SAVED HER FROM BEING EUTHANIZED WHEN SHE CAME IN THE OWNER WANTED TO EUTHANIZE HER AT 8 1/2 WEEKS BECAUSE OF HER DEFORMED PAW I WAS A VET TECH ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO I TOOK HER AND WE HAVE NEVER BEEN APART NOT EVEN TO SLEEP IN 12 YEARS. I AM SO GLADE I SPENT THE 21 HUNDRED AND I HAVE MY BABY SLEEPING NEXT TO ME RIGHT NOW. I LOVE HER VERY MUCH AND I AM BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO SAVE HER LIFE 2 TIMES. SHE IS MY BLESSING! THANK YOU GOD FOR SENDING HER TO ME 12 YEARS AGO:) SORRY TO ALL THAT HAVE LOST YOUR BABIES MY HEART IS WITH YOU:(

  88. gloria Says:

    I just lost my brave and loyal doberman Rojo to the illness. He was my best friend and we loved each other so. If i had known about this problem I would have reacted quicker. He had all the symptoms listed. I feel so stupid so please if you see these things going on please get your baby to the vet asap. I just don’t want anyone to feel the way I feel right now. He loved me so much he never left my side. I will never love a pet like this again. He was my child in my eyes and he will be missed as long as we live

  89. Tsuyoi Says:

    I am so so sorry to hear of the loss and heart break associated with this problem,

    It is common knowledge (at least I thought) that if you play with or walk your dog straight after its been fed then you risk the stomach twisting over, but I had never heard of it just happening simply due to gas? I will certainly look into this.
    I own a 12 year old pitbull/mastiff X and a 5 month old Japanese Akita, both of which are just starting a new RAW diet, I highly recommend people to research it as it his highly beneficial to your dogs and so simple to do, not to mention ALOT cheaper, kibble is full of grains etc that dogs should not and would not eat in the wild, this is what would produce 90% of the gas that is spoken of.

    My 12 year old spike suffers from kidney problems which he is on meds for and swells alot , this is due to the chemicals and unnatural rubbish that is in kibble, I wish I had researched raw alot sooner, it is 100% natural and really works.

    I am also reading on these comments about onions etc to dogs.. I say to these people,. PLEASE do some research and use common sense, ONIONS , GRAPES, CHOCOLATE are POISONS to your dog and can kill them, contrary to how some people think they are not like us and 85% of ailments from skin problems to cancer are down to the rubbish WE put into them, feed them what they would be naturally eating in the wild and you cant go wrong with your dog. x

  90. Tsuyoi Says:

    I will certainly be asking the vet about a Gastropexy for Kuma my Akita when he gets neutered next month.

    And Thankyou to everyone sharing their experiences of this terrible problem, greater public awareness is the key.

    It simply amazes me that vets aren’t pushing this procedure as it would clearly be in THEIR interests to, more interested in the big bonus for selling the ONE brand of kibble they push onto people instead, certainly makes me wonder..

  91. Rachel Says:

    Hi, my son and daughter in law lost their beloved 2 year old Saint Bernard Everest on Thanksgiving evening. Everest (The Fluffy) was a perfect, wonderful character who was the friendliest dog I have ever been around. Thanksgiving eve he was running around outside about 20 min later we went to see where he was as we had not seen him. He was in the corner of the yard just lying there. We called him and he did come back into the house. I left not knowing there was a problem. My daughter in law said About an hour later he threw up a bit then 15 min after that he did a little wrenching they thought he had eaten some turkey from dinner table. 15 min or so later he was frothing at the month and pacing about they knew something was severely wrong. My daughter in law called me and I knew or thought I knew what the problem was and told them to immediately take him to the emergency vet. We had been at the hospital for about an hour and he had still not been tubed by the doctor!!! After being at the Vet for 1.5 hours the doctor finally came out with X-rays that showed his stomach had totally flipped. This we figured was a total of almost 5-6 hours from when the initial problem had started we determined at that time based on Everest’s condition that surgery was not an option and had him put to sleep. This was so very sad. I am still mad at the doctor for not immediately tubing the dog when they arrived. My son and Daughter in law are absolutely devastated by this and have been crying for days. They feel like they let their buddy down. I told them they did not and that sometimes these things just happen! Also, when they asked their vet about tacking the stomach 6 months earlier she advised against it! The Vet was absolutely wrong on this count and it cost Everest his life. If you have a dog that is prone to bloat 1. get them tacked period!!! 2. Get an emergency bloat kit and learn how to use it! 3. Practice getting to the Emergency Hospital at least once. 4. Have the numbers programed in your phone. You do not have a lot of time in the case of bloat especially if their stomach has not been tacked.

  92. Elizabeth Says:

    We lost our beloved family dog, Hershey, a black lab, to bloat 2 days ago. It has been the most painful experience of my life. About 9:00 p.m. Hershey threw up on the bed. I thought she had eaten something that upset her tummy, like a Christmas cookie off the table….she was a Ninja! Some time passed but then she threw up. I remember her vomit was very foamy but it just had what looked like her food in it…no cookie. I realize that this must have been the early stages of bloat. But, I had never heard of this condition, so I thought she was just experiencing some nausea. She became restless and then went to her water bowl and drank quite a bit of water. I thought this was normal after throwing up and a good thing. But, afterwards, she just stood there and stood there. She drank some more and just stood there and stood there. At this point, I knew something was was wrong. I followed her around to keep an eye on her. She went outside and had 2 small bowel movements and began to dry heave. A couple of times she threw up some mucous but mostly she threw up nothing. She appeared weak and was having difficuty walking. We rushed her to the emergency vet – 15 minutes away – and on the way she threw up a huge amount of mucous. She didn’t want to get out of the car, and I sent for a gurney. But before the techs got to the car with it, Hershey decided to get out on her own. The get examined her and found that her pulse was greatly increased, she was having dysrhythmias, and her gums and lips were pale. She was in shock. X-rays confirmed that Hershey had GDV or “bloat.” The vet discussed surgery with us but with her cardiac complications and age, the prognosis did not look good. Based on some of the other posts here, I’m glad we chose to euthanize her. But, it was a horrendous decision. We sobbed. The funny thing is that Hershey never ever made a sound to indicate that she was in pain…even the vet commented on her stoicism. I just can’t believe how fast everything happened and how quickly our world changed. Our Hershey is gone. Everywhere I turn there are memories of her…and I’m happy about this but so sad at the same time. I have her blanket and toys in a box by our bed. Last night, I fell asleep hugging her stuffed duck. My fear right now is that soon her things will no longer smell like her….it’s just awful. But these posts have helped me so much. I am so sorry for all of your losses. We all must do what we can to let other dog owners know about this horrible condition. Peace to all of you.

  93. Lia Says:

    Thank you for your information. Luckily I informed myself about bloat/GDV a couple of years ago when my dog Sera, a dobie/lab mix was acting strange. I thought she had bloat, but it was something else that we corrected. Since then I have been doing everything to prevent against bloat. But last week she suddenly had it.

    My husband was home and got her to the hospital in time to save her stomach. Her spleen was removed and she lost a lot of blood. She was in the hospital for 3 nights. They were very good about making sure she was 100% safe and on target to come home. She came home on 12/23 with a “clean bill of health”. She died in her bed, in my arms on 12/24. It has been a shock to everyone. She didn’t die from bloat, but more likely an overdose in pain medication by the hospital, which we didn’t know about until now.

    She began to pant very hard, lightly drool, gums turned pale, eyes couldn’t concentrate on me and her legs wobbled. She wouldn’t sit down or lie down. When she finally lay down she was twitching slightly. It appeared she was seizing, which would be a serious side effect of the pain meds. She tried to gain her breath for about 15-20 min and then died as we held her, told her we loved her, how wonderful she was/is, it was ok to let go, and goodbye. I didn’t bring her to the hospital in fear she would die in the car and not safe and peaceful with us. I’m glad for that decision in the end.

    Bloat is a very serious disorder and if I knew about the operation I would have done it years ago and probably still have my dog.

    Elizabeth, who lost her dog Hershey, I understand what you went through to some capacity. Christmas without Sera was unbearable. Sera was a dobie/lab mix and sounds similar to Hershey, she was everywhere and now she is nowhere. She was my shadow, my buddy, my best friend, my calm. I too am dreading the day when her blankets and toys lose her scent. I lay in her crate sometimes and try to take in her scent before it goes away. The void is so much worse than I ever imagined.

    I am so sorry for everyone who loses a pet and especially to bloat. It is scary and unexpected. I do feel better though knowing I’m not alone because that is how I feel. Stay hopeful and be at peace.

  94. Gary Says:

    Thank you Dan for the article. My dog was going thru this tonight and after a quick google search your article convinced me it was bloat. Raced to the vet at 9pm on a Sunday – of course it was a Sunday – stomach was emptied out and he is back to his normal self. As normal as a 14 year old weimaraner gets anyway. He was lucky we got there before it got too bad. Now we wait. If he gets thru the night he will be ok. If not … Anyway he is on 2 hourly checks by us throughout the night. Articles like these are so valuable, thanx again

  95. Staci Says:

    I have experienced the devastating effects a twisted stomach causes. Just last week 1/22/13 I lost my beloved Rottweiler whom I’ve raised since birth. Lil’ Guy (small for his breed 95lbs) was only 5 1/2 years old. He had been acting normally up until dinner time when I noted some excessive drooling and let him outside to vomit once he started dry heaving. He did throw up and was back to normal until about 7 hours later when he started to drool once again and became restless. Thinking he had to vomit again I sent him back outside and less than a minute (12:40 AM) later he had died. I went to bed that early morning devastated not understanding how my best friend and little boy could have been gone that quickly. When I dropped him off for cremation so that I can keep his ashes I spoke to his Vet and told her what had happened the night before. Later that evening she had called me to tell me that his stomach had flipped and caused a massive heart attack from the shock. Hindsight is 20/20 and I wish I would have known of this condition sooner perhaps I would still have Lil’ Guy today. I feel this condition needs to be more publicly known by large breed owners when they go to the Vets for yearly checks on their dogs. It is definitely something that I shall pay more attention for in the future.

  96. Kim Says:

    My heart goes out to those who have lost their beloved dogs. I feel blessed that I got mine to the emergency vet in time to be saved. Like the others here, she started retching and trying to vomit, even though she hadn’t eaten anything and I’m really good about no activity after feeding. When I saw her sides begin to swell I knew it was serious and rushed her to the emergency vet that was almost an hour away. Her gums were pale and blue, she was wheezing from the swollen stomach blocking her air passages. I thought she would surely die on the way. They operated immediately and there was no damage to the spleen or other organs, and no cell death. Her stomach was flipped upside down.

    It has been a long recovery but in a few days it will have been 3 weeks and she can run and play again. She had her stomach tacked. I wish I had known more about this when I had her spayed, as they could have tacked her stomach then.

    To the website owner, thank you for leaving this article and comments up for all to read in the hopes that it might save the life of another dog.

  97. Tonda Says:

    I too had a Dogue De Bordeaux, he just turned 8 in May. He passed away 8/19/2013 of bloat. We rushed him to the emergency vet 45 min away but it was too late. “Oz” had been perfectly, seeminly fine just 2 hours before, I went to let him out one last time before bed and found him lying in a Tiger Lily patch retching, nothing was coming up that’s when I noticed his stomach was HUGE. “Oz” was a big boy at 175lbs but he was pure muscle and love. We decided when we took him home at 6 weeks old that he would be a raw fed dog, we spared no expense for him, he was our baby. We gave him additional supplements for joint conditioning, extra vitamins, never missed a check up..etc. We thought we were doing everything right by him. Had I known about having his stomach tacked, I would have had that done. He was an older dog for the breed but I would have given anything to have had just a couple more years with him. He was my life, I have lost a best friend, a companion, a gaurdian, a shadow, a playmate….he was just the best and I miss him everyday. We are not ready to even think about another dog but we tend to be large breed lovers so we will be tacking our next furkids stomach!! Thank you for this info!!!

  98. Keith Rorer Says:

    This web site may have saved my dog’s life tonight. Lola is a 4 1/2 year old Great Dane, which is an extremely susceptible breed for this problem. I let her out tonight and she lay down on the lawn, which she has never done before. When I brought her in, she began dry retching and was generally restless – she would lay down and get up a few minutes later. I began to suspect she may have bloat, but she was in the very early stages and didn’t seem to be in any acute pain. I decided to take her out for a short walk where she attempted to go but couldn’t. I forced a handful of Maalox down her throat and decided to head to the emergency vet at 1am Sunday morning, feeling foolish and overly cautious. She actually seemed better once I arrived, so I walked her around for a bit to give her one final assessment before heading in. She began dry retching again, so I decided to be safe rather than sorry. Upon arrival, I explained that I thought she might have bloat and a flipped stomach. Since they can’t tell for certain without an x-ray, she was taken back and shortly afterward the emergency vet told me I had been right to bring her in. She had a flipped stomach and likely would not have survived the night without emergency surgery. Regardless of the outcome tonight, I will be forever grateful for the information posted here. Thanks to everyone for posting their information and sharing their stories.

  99. Keith Says:

    Lola the 4 1/2 year old Great Dane successfully survived surgery with no complications. Post op monitoring has been uneventful and she is currently on track to return home tomorrow morning barring any setbacks. Thanks again to everyone for sharing their stories. Please look into the preventative gastropexy surgery for young Great Danes – 40% of them will experience GDV and a third of those will not survive if the studies from Germany and Purdue are correct.

    http://www.akcchf.org/canine-health/your-dogs-health/caring-for-your-dog/prophylactic-gastropexy.html

    http://www.2ndchance.info/bloat-Glickman2000.pdf

  100. sara Says:

    Our beautiful rottie died this morning , I wish I had seen this before!!

  101. sandy Says:

    My story is some what different. My 8 yr old basset hound, Hank, who was also my best friend and only reason I got out of bed each morning after going thru some big life changes. He had a fatty tumor on his hip that i was worried about but didnt have the money for surgery . After waiting 5 years for my disability and finally getting paid . First thing I did was schedule his surgery. I dropped him off for his surgery and called couple times to check on him. They told me I could pick him up right at closing time. First thing I noticed when I seen him was that his stomach was huge. I made a comment about it in which there was no response. He couldn’t walk .one of the vets who assisted with the surgery proceeded to put her hands on his rear and give him a shove. She did this until he was out the door and left me to handle it from there. He was so uncomfortable on the way home that I even pulled over to try to help him. I kept talking to him , telling him to hang in there we were almost home. We were almost home and he went limp. I pulled in drive and got him out of car desperately trying to revive him . But I lost him. He meant everything to me. I felt like I did it to him. I was so worried About loosing him from the tumor. Of course no one answered but the answering machine when I finally got myself together and called the vet. The next morning when I went to their office , I was crying so hard I couldn’t talk, wanting and needing answers. The SOB who done the surgery was in the next room and wouldn’t even come out and face me. I lost my best friend, and  money I really needed for my own medical needs.

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  103. chris Says:

    my brothers dog Jack I saw Him last night and he looked like he was in so much pain trying breathe when he was laying down I felt so sorry for HiM i wish I was able to do something for him So I.prayed for him in Jesus name he was a 5-7 year old boxer a good and great loving dog That we all loved and will love 4ever at the same time his stomach was blown up like a basketball I spoke to my brother today and he said he passed away at 11:30pm 9/25/14 in hwd fla last night I pray for my brothers family that they can get over this devastating effect on their peaceful dog and pray that everyone else in this world notices this before it’s too late to where they lose their loved one jack we all love you rest in peace Amen

  104. Tanya Says:

    Our Great Dane of 8 years died yesterday on Memorial Day, we came home and found him laying down and not able to get up, couldn’t pick him up either due to pain! Couldn’t get our vet out to the house due to the holiday. He was foaming at the mouth and body temp was way down and he couldn’t get up past the laying position with paws in front of him, he would drink water outta a bowl while laying on his side and if my husband or I walked outta his big dog house he would cry and bark til one of us came back with him, he finally passed he was in bad pain you could tell, just trying to figure out what caused this all of the sudden, he would try to throw up but nothing would come up… We noticed him not able to get up and down all that good about two weeks ago but then seemed better. Plz help me figure out what could of happened I just need to know was it old age or what. Gonna miss him already do, also his mate is acting like she’s grieving (of course) what can we do to help her?… HELP

  105. Tosha Says:

    I lost my mastiff mix last night due to bloat. She was fine all day and then it happened all of a sudden. By the time we made it to the vet it was too late. She was only 6. I wish I knew about this with big dogs sooner. Maybe she would still be here with us. ???? The pain of losing a dog is horrible, sending prayers to everyone whom has gone through this.

  106. Thor Says:

    I just lost my 6 yr old st nernard to this same issue and just like every one else we were unaware of this horrible problem with large breed dogs. It was snowing and there was 4 or so inches on road and had not been scrapped. My wife was breast feeding so I offered to take the risk of driving him to vet at 12 in morning in horrible I mean horrible conditions. He was very agitated he was vomiting white foam and as a fit dog his belly was huge and hard as a rock. He squall ed out but it was late and dark but we knew it wasn’t right it took me almost 2 hrs to get to vet but by the time I got there he could not walk and I had to drag him thru door. The vet relieved pressure on his abdomin but by this time the vet was doing chest compressions and we were atempting to insert ventilation machine. 15 min of cpr and I made dicisson to put him down. There was a heart beat but after all this he was suffering and probably against my wife’s discretion I made the dicisson. I have three daughters 10,5,1 but he was my 6 yr old son and the only other man of the house. This was very difficult especially the slow 2 hr ,30 mph on interstate ride home with him in the back. If I would have been aware of this issue I might have acted quicker. They say that a one meal a day since it was adequate amt and the fact of exercise before meals may have caused this incedent. Also we were at vet 4 days prior and he was Givin heart worm preventative meds,prednisone, and cephalaxin for a spot he was having issues with on his back. I’m not sure if it was my fault or not but “thunder” was an awesome dog and I’ll never forget everything he has done and will continue to do for my and my children’s lifes. It’s been days and my wife is still accidentally calling for him at door and crying her self to sleep, but I try to install the great times we had and not try to blame ourselfes. Knowledge and response time is key so if he or she is in pain or not acting right take them immediately to vet.

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  110. Karen Says:

    I just ready over 100 posts and I am grieving for our beloved St. Bernard, Rylie, whom passed away suddenly to bloat…..(if we only knew)……………….

    Rylie was born December 28, 2009 and was a vivacious dog and spoke with her eyes and was a wonderful companion. I had moved into my boyfriend’s home almost 3 years ago and together we had six dogs and in fourteen months we now have three. Rylie was the “Top” dog of the house and I brought two dachshunds, one passed away 14 months ago and my other one was accepted by Rylie, but took a little bit of time. My dog wanted to be the sergeant of the home and Rylie was the “guardian” of the home. After a period of time, my dog finally gave kisses to her. All was well and we were a happy family, but then this past Saturday evening, our happiness would be brutally interrupted and a killer disease would enter our home and take our beautiful dog. Late in the evening, she was moaning and in pain, throwing up foam and bubbles, restless, panting, staring into space, she wanted to go outside and was lying outside and then eventually went to our garage where the other two dogs were resting. We called the vets immediately and they told us to give her an aspirin. We trusted the words of the vet and it was the biggest mistake we made. She was checked on early in the morning and she woke up disoriented and shuffled her feet until she collapsed and died minutes later. Prior to her passing we called the hospital and they told us to bring her immediately, but she never made it to the car. We were in shock, questioning ourselves and felt like we let her down, we loved her and would have done anything to save her life. Please if you are reading this-urgent-take your dog immediately to a reputable hospital, EMERGENCY CARE, there is a small window of opportunity for survival……our pets need us at this critical moment and education is needed for this deadly killer and our veterinarians should have the duty and responsibility of having posters placed in their waiting room to save our dogs. The stories I have read are too many, please spread the word to all and god bless our pets and the pet angels we all have in heaven. Say your prayers for all the beloved dogs, our friends who are so committed to us and love us so much, they wait at home every day and for us, but in our home we have one face missing from the window…..bless you Rylie….we love you!

  111. Anna Says:

    You can save your dog from Bloat! Dont ever do surgery or you will loose your dog. Give your sick bloated dog Gas-X gel cap from pharmacy. Then lay dog down on left side and massage stomach towards anus. After this go for long walk to poop. After feed timy amounts of soft food with PROBOITICS. After that return to raw or cook food

  112. Anna Says:

    Also dont exercise your dog immediately after eating. Same goes dont give food or water after exercising. Wait 2 hours. Bloat is not deadly unless humans know how to react fast. Thank you.!

  113. Anna Says:

    Use vet only for diagnosis. Most Weimaraners and other large breed dogs will succumb to bloat..To preven this feed 3 small soft meal either raw or cooked food. And if bloat happens to make sure its Bloat watch for ranching salivating licking lips. Give Gas-x lay dog on left side massage stomach

  114. Anna Says:

    Chamomile tea afterwards and plain goat yougurt with PROBOITICS will help after Bloat. All the best to you and be smart!

  115. Dan Says:

    Anna, surgery is needed in many cases of true GDV. While I’ve lost a DDB to bloat, I’ve also had one saved with emergency surgery and a prophylactic gastropexy. I’ve also seen countless other dogs in the same situation who went on to live long, healthy lives. If your dog is in distress, no amount of probiotics is going to help, as nothing is going to get through the torsion.

    -Editor.

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  117. Elias Says:

    So Sorry to hear about Eli. This has just happened to our Bordeaux “Leo” yesterday morning. He was just 29 months old and we had him since he was 5 weeks old. He was playing happily in the garden and had not yet had his evening feed when my son called me and said Leo was not moving, he was just sitting there. I went out to see what was wrong and he would not come to his calling as he usually did. We then noticed his tummy was unusually large. We brought him inside but he was not walking correctly. After putting him in his bed he had stopped responding to us so we called the vet. They said it was important to get him in right away. Our local vet had closed so we had to drive into Dublin 4 which took around an hour and a half to find. After arriving the nurse came out and help my wife and I to get him on the stretcher. She then took him straight in to see the vet only to come out 5 minutes or so later to say his condition is critical. My wife assured me he would be fine but the vet reappeared 10 mins later and gave us the news we dreaded. His tummy had turnt and all organs below had died. We had no option then to watch him slip away as she gave him euthanasia. It took him around 30 seconds to slip away after the injection. He was soooo good he did not complain through out the WHOLE ordeal. I guess thats why we did not know the seriousness of the situation. After watching him pass was the next hardest part and that was coming home without him and having to tell the kids that our beloved Leo had gone.
    We will never forget you leo, we love and already miss you soooo much.

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