Bloat is a condition in which a dog's stomach can become distended with gas. This may sound like a minor annoyance, but it's actually a serious medical concern that needs to be addressed surgically. As a dog owner, it is important that you know the signs of bloat and how it is treated. Here's what you should know:
Signs of Bloat
Bloat usually comes on quite suddenly. One day, your dog is fine, and hours later, they start appearing very uncomfortable.
If you are a dog owner, you know how important it is to keep an eye on your dog. If your dog runs loose, it can sometimes be difficult to get your dog to come back, especially if they're chasing something they really wants to catch. If your dog isn't wearing a collar or doesn't have a nametag on it and your dog is lost, you run the risk of your dog being lost for a long time.
Dogs will scratch, and this is normal. However, what is not normal is when a dog starts scratching uncontrollably. Sudden intense scratching may be a sign of an allergic reaction. It may also be a sign of skin infection, insect bites, or mites. If you notice that your dog begins to scratch intensely and you are far from the vet, there are a few things you can do to immediately help to ease your dog's discomfort.
Dogs are much more than pets to some people. They are actually a part of the family that are cherished and loved. Unfortunately, dogs are able to develop some of the same illnesses as humans, which can be heartbreaking to their owners. One of the serious illnesses that a dog can suffer from is congestive heart failure (CHF), which can be fatal when it isn't detected during the early stages. Some of the symptoms of CHF might not seem serious, which is why they are sometimes overlooked until major problems develop that leads to an owner making an appointment with a veterinarian.