Bloating dog problem. Why is my dog's stomach bloated?

How to figure out why my dogs stomach is extremely bloated and looks like it's going to pop.

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    By: Erika Raines El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    There are many reasons for a dog's stomach to appear bloated. Your dog may actually have a bloated stomach or a bloated abdomen. A bloated stomach can be caused by eating too much in too short a time period, or simply be because he has a deep chest. Deep chested dogs are at risk for developing Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (GDV) which is a very serious condition in which their stomach bloats and rotates so that no gas or food can leave it. Researchers are still unsure why deep chested dogs develop this condition. This is an emergency situation which usually requires immediate surgical care. Your dog may also appear to have a bloated abdomen for many reasons that don't involve his or her stomach. He or she could have a heavy infestation of intestinal worms. This can cause fluid to leak out of blood vessels and into the abdominal space which can make them appear severely pot bellied. There are also other, more severe disease conditions that can lead to a similar build up of fluid in the abdomen such as liver failure or problems absorbing protein from the intestines. There are many other things that could cause your dogs abdomen to appear bloated. In order to discover what the problem is, you should visit your veterinarian. GDV can be diagnosed by an abdominal X-ray. This same test can also tell if there is excess fluid in the abdomen. A fecal evaluation can tell you if your dog has intestinal parasites and needs to be dewormed. Another helpful test is an abdominal ultrasound as this can help your veterinarian to visualize abdominal fluid and even collect a sample of the fluid to evaluate.

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