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Bloat

Bloat is a true emergency, your hound could die from this and you will need to get them to your vets immediately!


When at the vets you will need to get the hound pain relief and on a drip before anything else is done or discussed, it is very important to get the fluids from the drip into the hound immediately to counteract the hound going into shock, when the hound is stabilised a course of action can be discussed, the vet may x-ray, but if they need to operate then it probably is not necessary to x-ray, the vet will attempt to aspirate air from the stomach by tubing to relieve the distension, they will try and tube the hound before operating, however sometimes the tube will not go down properly, this can be due to a narrow passageway otr the stomach maybe twisted preventing the tube entering the stomach.

If your hound is operated on this will last at least a couple of hours, sometimes the stomach has not twisted it has just blown up, whatever has happened a gastropexy is advised whilst they are having the operation done. This can help prevent twisting if there is a further occurrence of bloat.

After an operation you will need to be careful with feeding, 4 very  small meals a day, then proceeding to 3 as the meals get slightly larger, chicken and rice is a good food or chappie, feeding tripe and the original dry food but soaked to help reduce any more instances and to make it easier to digest. Hounds are at a greater risk of bloating once they have already bloated.


Some Risk factors for bloat; (others will be added below as files)

Feeding too close to exercising

Excessive intake of water

Drinking too much water too close to feeding time or too close (before and after) exercise

Gulping whilst eating or drinking (or choking on a blade of grass!) any unintended intake of air

Stressful events 

Feeding large meals

Not feeding frequently enough

Travelling too close to feeding

Sometimes they can just bloat with no apparent reason



Some symptoms of Bloat, if you suspect any of these to be bloat, ring your vet immediately

• Your dog retches from the throat, tries to be sick, but nothing is produced, other than frothy mucus or slobber

Your dog repeatedly retches with not a lot else happening

• Your dog tries to defecate unsuccessfully

• Your dog adopts the ‘Sphinx’ position, this position implies that they are in pain

• Your dog’s stomach goes hard and / or swells up like a balloon and is as taut as drum skin, if you tap on it, it will sound hollow

• Your dog is trying to bite, or worry, the abdomen, or is just looking at the abdomen

• Your dog is very unsettled, may have erratic movements and try to hide or your dog may refuse to move due to being in pain

Every dog is different so may display different signs, if you suspect your dog is bloating ring the vet immediately


You know your dog, if your vet tells you that your dog is not bloating but you feel the dog is in discomfort insist that your dog gets a painkiller injection.


Too many times a dog has been turned away from a veterinary  surgery to then later die of bloat because the vet was not convinced that the dog was bloating.


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Bloodhound Information,
29 Jan 2017, 16:55
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Bloodhound Information,
29 Jan 2017, 16:56