Canine bloat is a serious condition in dogs. It is one of the leading causes of death. As the name suggests, it is a condition where the stomach swells up considerably, which creates further damage elsewhere. By adopting a protocol of natural dogs health care you can drastically reduce or prevent this occurring.
Canine bloat occurs when there is a blockage in the gut. If this is serious enough, it can trap the digestive gases, causing the bloating.
Blockages can be caused by a variety of factors. Swallowing toys could be one of them, but these don’t tend to hang up. Mostly dogs are able to pass these in time, unless they have sharp edges. However, with this potential in mind, especially with enthusiastic puppies, it’s a good idea to ensure all toys are too big to swallow.
The more common causes are the diet. Commercial dog food is a common culprit. There are a variety of reasons, some of which are included here:
it is often too high in fat
high levels of citric acid in the diet
dried food makes a dog thirsty
Other causes can be from eating too fast, from exercising too soon either before or after a big meal or from stress.
Although any dog, at any age can be affected, there are some breeds who are more susceptible. These include the Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds and Great Danes.
The symptoms of canine bloat are pain in the abdomen, making them uncomfortable. You’ll notice that they become restless. They may vomit in an attempt to rid themselves of the problem. Well and good if the problem is ejected. But if they can’t, the vomiting will not produce the expected result. The same applies at the other end. They may strain to stool. If this is successful, then the problem is resolved, or partly. Often they can’t, so nothing emerges. The dog may drool excessively.
In severe cases of canine bloat, time is of the essence and immediate assistance is required. Veterinary treatment may be to insert a tube down your dog’s throat, to allow the gases to escape. Sometimes the intestines become twisted, in which case surgery may be indicated.
It is common for this condition to recur.
The thing is, dogs in the wild have ‘cast iron’ stomachs. That is, they can digest almost anything. Anything natural that is. The problem arises from their interaction with us. In effect, canine bloat is a man-made problem, as are most of their diseases.
The best way to prevent this problem from occurring at all is to use a complete system of natural dogs health care. This includes a quality, natural diet as the primary way to boost your dog’s immune system, so he can heal himself.
It also includes natural therapies as the primary health care system. Homeopathic treatment can deal with this condition very effectively, as long as you can see an experienced practitioner immediately.