Dog Gas Pain

If a dog is experiencing gas pain, it may be difficult to discover. If the condition is mild, it may be temporary and isn't likely to lead to further problems. However, severe gas, bloating and other symptoms may signify a deeper problem within your dog's gastrointestinal system and should be remedied quickly. Depending upon the severity of symptoms and pain your dog is experiencing, there are a number of treatment options to help alleviate the situation.

Signs to Look For

In order to be aware of your dog's gas pain, there are a few signs that can indicate this problem. Abdominal discomfort may prompt your dog to become restless, pace back and forth, lie with its hind quarters still in the air or whine excessively. Appetite changes may point to gas pain as well. If some or all of these symptoms are present, it's likely the dog is experiencing some kind of pain. Check the abdominal area and push lightly. You may notice the dog wince or you may feel a tightness in the belly area. There are many reasons why a dog may experience abdominal discomfort, and gas pain is a common possibility.

Dog Gas Pain

Dog gas pain can be caused by many things. If a dog has eaten something disagreeable or is being fed a diet of poor quality food, this may cause symptoms. Dogs that eat too fast, especially those that are around other dogs, may trap air in their stomach while eating. This can lead to gas pain and flatulence. These conditions may cause temporary gas pain and mild bloating, but should subside. If your dog has an ongoing problem with gas pain, or is experiencing more severe symptoms, a larger problem may be at hand.

When to Be Concerned

Dog gas pain can be a sign of a more severe condition and if left untreated, could become fatal. If other symptoms are present, such as constipation, vomiting, lethargy, fever or weight loss, this may indicate an intestinal blockage, hernia, allergies or even a parasitic infection. These conditions must be treated immediately, as they can rapidly interfere with the health and well being of your dog. Even more concerning may be a condition called GDV, or gastric dilation and volvulus. GDV is more common in dogs with a deeper chest cavity, such as German shepherds, Dobermans and Great Danes, but can and does affect all breeds.

GDV - Gastric Dilation and Volvulus

GDV is a condition associated with dog gas pain that can become fatal in a matter of hours. It involves bloating caused by abnormal accumulation of air, fluid or foam in the stomach. The stomach may swell, twist and rotate in response to the condition and this may lead to obstruction of blood vessels and veins, low blood pressure, shock and internal organ damage. Gas pain is a significant symptom with this condition and will likely be apparent. If the dog is restless, hunched up in appearance, has pale gums, experiences unsuccessful vomiting, appears weak, is gagging or coughing or its stomach feels unusually tight (like a drum), it's important to seek treatment options immediately.