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The Pet Vet says... About canine bloat

by Dr. Franklin Utchen Canine bloat, or gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), is the No. 1 cause of death for several large and giant breeds. This condition occurs when the stomach becomes twisted, and quickly becomes life-threatening as gas builds up but can

Affected dogs drool because they cannot swallow. Also, they cannot belch or vomit which would help relieve the mounting pressure from the stomach gases. The pressure causes the abdomen to become distended. When tapped, the abdomen can sound like a drum.

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