To help prevent families from prematurely needing my services, I try to create awareness of situations that could potentially be lethal. Canine bloat is one of those conditions.
What You Need to Know About Canine Bloat
Canine bloat (also known as Gastric Torsion or Gastric Dilatation Volvulus - GDV) is an extremely serious and life-threatening problem. It usually appears suddenly and progresses very quickly, often with tragically fatal results.
Bloat tends to strike large and extra-large, deep-chested dogs, such as Rottweilers, Great Danes or Irish Wolfhounds more than it does medium or small breeds. However, no breed is 'immune'. Knowing how to recognize the symptoms of bloat (and knowing what to do next) could literally mean the difference between life and death for your dog!
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, below is a video showing a dog experiencing bloat (this dog did survive) - it is graphic so skip the viewing if this would be upsetting to you.