Recognizing And Avoiding Boxer Dog Bloat

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Boxer dogs are renowned for the level of health problems that the breed often suffers but there is actually one problem that the boxer has in common with most other large breeds out there today and that is Boxer dog bloat. Boxer dog bloat is a common problem that need not be fatal unless you fail to notice the signs and symptoms in order to seek treatment in a prompt manner. As such, you need to learn as much as you can about it and seek help sooner rather than later.

What Is Boxer Dog Bloat?

Boxer dog bloat is also known as Torsion or GDV (Gastric Dilation-Volvulus). Most large breeds are affected by it and it is a serious condition. It can occur at any age and at any time, threatening the life of your dog. It is really simple to diagnose for vets but is difficult to treat. Furthermore, even if it is treated successfully in the first instance, the risk of your dog getting Boxer dog bloat again is high unless you take steps to prevent it.

Boxer dog bloat can be genetic or can be caused by a number of other events. For example, it may be that your dog gulps his or her food down, drinks a lot of water after the meal and takes in too much air when doing all of the above. It may be that your dog exercises right after food. Either way, bloat will occur and is especially common in dogs that only eat one meal a day.

The Symptoms

Boxer dog bloat is incredibly serious because of the reaction it provokes internally in your dog. Although belching or vomiting may clear it in mild cases, the reaction can slow the heart, cut off the blood circulation and cause death if not spotted. You will see symptoms like abdominal swelling and distension, retching and salivating more than usual. You dog may also move restlessly about trying to belch or relieve the gas trapped in the stomach. Your dog may also show signs of shock, depression, lethargy, have a rapid heart rate and may even refuse to eat. Of course, these symptoms can be signs of other illnesses and problems but several together, especially the distended stomach usually create a pretty clear case for Boxer dog bloat.

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Preventing Boxer Dog Bloat

There are numerous steps you can take to prevent Boxer dog bloat. Most are really simple. For example, feed your dog two or more smaller meals rather than one large one. You may also give your dog metoclopramide to encourage the stomach to empty properly, although you should only do this if your vet advises it. Similarly, if you believe your dog to be prone to Boxer dog bloat then your vet may recommend a procedure called prophylactic surgery to anchor the stomach so as to prevent bloat and stomach twisting.

You should also avoid exercise 2 hours either side of meals and make sure that the water available is limited to make sure that the amount of air your dog will take in with food is also limited. It is relatively easy to prevent when you know how and take all of the right Boxer dog bloat steps.

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