Dog Bloat, Stomach Bloating Causes, Pain, Problems

Dog bloat causes abdominal pain and stomach bloating and other symptoms, problems & illness in your canine.. It can be deadly it it isn’t treated quickly!

This problem in dogs is caused by a build up of gas and a cure for the build up of stomach gas may include surgery.

Dog Bloat

This condition is very serious and can be deadly. As previously mentioned it is due to a build up of gas in the stomach. The medical term for this condition is DDV or Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus.


  • Although the exact cause of this condition is still unknown it is generally believed to be caused by excessive eating and drinking of water then followed by exercise.
  • Stress is also believed to contribute to the condition.
  • Genetics and the size of your dog’s chest may also play a part in why your dog develops the illness.
  • This conditions is caused by a build up of gas in your dog’s stomach.
  • The build up of gas then causes the stomach to twist 180-360 degrees between the esophagus and the duodenum or at the beginning and end of the stomach.
  • When the stomach twists it becomes constricted alongside the blood vessels causing the stomach tissue to die.

Dog Bloat Symptoms

The symptoms of the condition include..

Some breeds are more prone to the problem, we have listed some of them below…including…Breathing difficulties

  • Pale gums
  • Whining
  • Excessive drooling
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Your dog may try to vomit
  • Your dog’s abdomen may appear distended
  • German Shepherd
  • Rottweiler
  • Great Dane
  • Standard Poodle
  • Akita
  • Blood Hound
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Doberman
  • St Bernards
  • Newfoundland
  • Irish Setter
  • Golden Retriever
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Labrador Retriever


This condition needs to be treated as fast as possible, it really is that serious as your dog could die fast!

  • Usually treatment if the condition is found early involves a tube being inserted into your dog’s stomach to relieve the build up of gas.
  • A vet need to operate on your dog’s stomach if the stomach has become twisted.
  • Enzymes could be added to your dog’s food.

Reducing the Chances of your Dog getting Bloat

  • Don’t feed your dog from an elevated postition.
  • Don’t allow your dog to drink too much water, eat too fast or exercise him straight after eating.
  • Don’t overfeed your dog and keep your dog to 2-3 small meals a day.
  • When you feed your dog do it in a quiet place without distractions.