Passing a little gas now and then is as normal for dogs as it is for their humans. It is when gas accumulates in the stomach and they are not able to release it that a problem usually occurs. Fortunately, you can try a home remedy for a bloated dog stomach that will soon get Fido stinking up the place. But believe us when we say that dealing with the stink is a lot better than dealing with the complications of untreated bloat.
Why you should treat dog bloat immediately
When gas accumulates in the stomach, pressure builds up and if it’s not released, bloat occurs. Stomach bloat in dogs can quickly become a serious, and even fatal, condition. Also referred to as gastric torsion or gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) by veterinarians, untreated bloat can lead to the twisting of the stomach.
Below are some of the serious complications that can arise from untreated stomach bloat.
- The twisting further prohibits the release of the trapped gas, as the esophagus also closes up and prevents the dog from burping or vomiting.
- Increased pressure in the stomach also compresses surrounding organs, including the liver, pancreas, and spleen, as well as the blood vessels.
- The heart may soon be deprived of blood which could lead to cardiac arrest or shock.
- Death of cells in the stomach lining may occur due to disrupted blood circulation. Cellular death triggers the release of toxins into the blood, which can lead to sepsis or blood poisoning.
- The stomach may rupture when the pressure inside becomes too high, and this could lead to inflammation of the peritoneum which, in turn, could become fatal.
Stomach bloat has a fatality rate of more than 50% — making it the second-highest cause of death in dogs after cancer. All dog owners should be familiar with the causes and symptoms of stomach bloat so that you can take preventive measures and be able to seek emergency treatment for their dog when necessary.
What causes dog bloat?
- Breed disposition. The most susceptible breeds are German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, Boxers, Great Danes, Akitas, Sheepdogs, and Basset Hounds. Pure breeds are also 2.5 times more likely to develop stomach bloat compared to mixed breeds.
- Gender and age. Male dogs are 100% more likely to develop bloat than females; the risk is also greater between the ages of 2 and 10.
- Chronic stress. This has been closely associated with stomach upsets, including bloat.
- Certain dog foods. Your dog’s stomach may be sensitive to dry formula, dairy, or beans, and produce a lot of gas when any of these foods are consumed.
- Excitability during mealtime. This may cause your pet to eat too fast, which causes a lot of air to also be swallowed
- Dietary indiscretion. If your dog has a tendency to eat spoiled food, garbage, or plants, he may be prone to gas.
- Stomach illness. This could be caused by an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut, a parasitic infection, or irritable bowel syndrome.
What are the symptoms?
Generally, bloat is hard to detect during its early stages as symptoms are either absent or barely noticeable. But if you notice any of the following, and especially if these were preceded by a known cause of gas buildup or if your dog is at high risk for the condition, have him checked by your vet as soon as possible.
- Restlessness, i.e., pacing nonstop
- Excessive drooling and salivation
- Gagging or repeated but failed attempts to vomit
- Anxious behavior
- Sudden and abnormal increase in stomach size
- A swollen stomach that may be painful when touched
- Breathing difficulty
Home Remedy for Bloated Dog Stomach
Knowing the causes and risk factors for bloat, you should take the necessary measures to prevent or minimize the possibility of gas buildup in your dog’s stomach.
- A change in diet.
- Giving him smaller and more frequent meals, equally spaced out throughout the day.
- Managing his excitability during and immediately after meals.
- Switching to a slow-feed bowl.
- Supplementing his diet with probiotics.
- Managing his stress.
You may also consider giving your canine friend CBD if he suffers from chronic stress, is excitable, or experiences mild stomach upsets. The calming effect of CBD may effectively remedy these conditions and prevent them from causing or progressing into stomach bloat.
If your dog passes gas through burping and farting more times than usual, his stomach gas is most likely only mild. The important thing is that he is able to release the extra air. Bloat can quickly become a critical condition when your pet becomes unable to release the trapped gas. If you suspect that your dog has a stomach bloat, take him to the vet immediately.