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How to treat Bloat/GDV and poisoning in dogs

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Are you a devoted dog owner, committed to providing your furry friend with the best care possible? I’m sure you are! As much as we cherish our four-legged companions, there are moments when they face health challenges. In this comprehensive guide, we’re delving into the art of safeguarding your dog against the trio of threats: Bloat, Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), and Poisoning. Let’s dive in and empower you with the knowledge to keep your canine companion thriving.Therefore, keep reading to find out how to treat bloat (GDV) and poisoning in dogs.

This is the second part of our collection of first aid blog posts. If you would like to see the first one “How to treat dehydration, internal bleeding and burns in dogs” please click on the link.

Bloat, a menacing adversary, can quickly distress your dog. But fret not! Equip yourself with the following arsenal of tips to combat bloat head-on:

  • Mealtime Management: Opt for smaller, frequent meals instead of a single large feast. This practice limits the risk of excessive air intake while eating.
  • Slow and Steady Hydration: Encourage moderate water intake, avoiding rapid gulping after rigorous activities.
  • Mindful Rest After Meals: A leisurely stroll instead of vigorous play right after a meal aids in digestion and prevents the onset of bloat.
  • Consult a Vet: Maintain regular check-ups with your veterinarian. They can assess your pup’s specific needs and advise on dietary choices and preventive measures.
Infographic on 6 symptoms of bloat/GDV

You need to immediately contact a vet when you notice any of the mentioned symptoms. Any minute can help to increase a good outcome. Bloat and GDV cannot be healed at home, always visit a vet!

GDV, often termed “bloat on steroids,” necessitates a keen eye and swift action. Here’s how you can be your dog’s guardian angel:

  • Recognizing Red Flags: Watch out for signs such as restlessness, unproductive retching, or a swollen abdomen. Rapid intervention is key.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Enroll in a pet first aid course to equip yourself with life-saving techniques.
  • Speedy Veterinary Action: At the first sign of GDV, rush your dog to the vet. Time is of the essence to alleviate this condition.

There are many ways your dog can get into contact with harmful substances. They can consume human food which is dangerous for dogs. If you would like to see an overview of these, check our blog post “The top dangerous foods to avoid for your dog (and what to give instead)”. Perhaps you have started using essential oils. Please be careful as some of these can be harmful to your pet as well. Or you started using new cleaning materials and didn’t check the ingredients.

Maybe your dog has been sniffing around your garden/balcony, which has some harmful plants or fertilizer. Check this link to see an overview of harmless and dangerous plants for your dog. It could even be you’re trying to keep your dog healthy by providing some medication, such as anti-tick cremes, but put them in a place your dog can lick. Always check the ingredients and be sure your dog can either not lick it, or it’s harmless.

Infographic on poisoning symptoms in dogs

Poisoning is a hidden menace, but armed with knowledge, you can create a secure environment for your pup:

  • Identifying Toxic Culprits: Familiarize yourself with plants, foods, and household items toxic to dogs. Chocolate, grapes, and certain houseplants can be perilous.
  • Pet-Proofing Your Space: Safeguard your living area by eliminating access to potential toxins.
  • Emergency Contact List: Compile a list of emergency contacts, including your vet’s number and the nearest emergency pet clinic.

First, call the vet and explain clearly what happened. What poisoned your dog? When did this happen? How is your dog feeling? Do not wait to call the vet if your dog is still looking fine, as they can show symptoms fast and get very sick quickly.

The vet will give advice on what to do. They might tell you to make your dog vomit or tell you to NOT let your dog vomit. Always follow the advice of your vet.

We hope you never have to deal with any of the above issues. However, if you see a dog with the above mentioned symptoms of bloat or poisoning, you will be able to recognize it and call the vet immediately.

Your beloved dog relies on you for their well-being. By mastering the techniques to combat bloat, GDV, and poisoning, you’re stepping into the role of the ultimate guardian. Remember, knowledge is your most potent tool, and with it, you’re poised to ensure your dog lives the healthiest and happiest life possible. Stand tall as a protector, and together, you and your loyal companion will conquer any challenge that comes your way.

Thanks for reading!

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Disclaimer: I’m not a veterinarian, and this post provides advice based on research and experience. Always consult with a licensed veterinarian for personalized guidance

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