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Bloated or Swollen Stomach

Urgency level: Possible emergency

Contact an emergency veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact an emergency veterinary hospital ASAP and do not feed your dog

  • Contact the vet before travelling to ensure they are able to see your pet. They may also need to give you specific instructions. Some regular hospitals may be able to treat your pet.
  • Do not feed your pet at this time, unless instructed by a vet. Though they may look very sad (because they’re sick), feeding might exacerbate the problem and cause your dog to vomit.
  • Be careful handling your dog, as a bloated stomach could be painful. Signs of pain include: pacing, restlessness, panting, collapse


Why it’s an emergency

Your dog may be suffering from GDV, a life-threatening and urgent issue

  • Based on the signs you’ve selected, we are concerned that your dog could have a life-threatening problem. Our major concerns are internal bleeding, twisted stomach or GDV (gastric dilatation and volvulus), and heart failure. These conditions are time sensitive and your dog needs to be urgently checked by a vet to rule out these problems.
  • Some other common signs include: a rapidly bloated abdomen, lethargy, vomiting (or attempt to vomit), difficulty breathing


First aid tips

Restrict exercise 

  • Restrict exercise (only short leashed potty breaks) until you have seen a veterinarian.
  • Learn more about bloated or swollen abdomen in dogs


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