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You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
Bloat (also called gastric dilatation and/or volvulus) is a common and potentially fatal disease that occurs particularly in large breed dogs. Owners can take some sensible precautions to avoid bloat occurring in breeds that are susceptible.
Bloat is massive dilatation of the stomach with air and, unfortunately, if the pressure is not relieved quickly it can prove to be fatal. It can occur in any breed of dog or cat, but dog breeds that are reported to be particularly at risk to develop bloat include :
Owners of susceptible breeds may be able to help reduce the likelihood of bloat occurring by following these recommendations (which have been proposed by the Morris Animal Foundation 1990) :
In addition "at risk" dogs should not be allowed to eat rubbish or be fed leftovers.
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Updated October 2013