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    Whilst i have heard of bloat, and know people who have lost dogs, thank goodness, ive never experienced it in any of my dogs.
    Worryingly, i see rotties, GSD's are on the list. I have owned 3 rotties and 2 GSD's in my life time, never seen it them. Is it common, could they of had it and i not noticed?

    With sheep, they get bloat from eating wrong foods. Is this the same with dogs? Does not feeding dog food and keeping things raw protect them?

    Getting anxious now having read this.

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    There are many opinons and reasones why bloat can occur..Sheep have a different digestive trct to dogs, their bloat is different, more like cattle bloat.rumen involvement and all that sort of stuff.
    Dog bloat can be more closely associalted to horse colic (it too has many forms). The worst type is where a lot of gas stays in the stomach and it rotates within the cavity and cuts of blood suplly, causing ishaemia of the gut (gangrene/death) if not attended to prompty. So the best thing is to be aware and if symptoms occur to the vet ASAP.......

    Some say it is caused by feeding the wrong type of food. Dry food the wrong size or the type that goes about ten times the size when soaked, some say anxiety stress, exercise just before or after eating and so forth....it does ten to be in some breeds more often and even some lines of a particular breed.

    I think the most important thing you can do is to have the knowledge and to be aware...........
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    There is no real time frame, some start slowly and the time frame is long..Some are very quick.

    If I see my dogs in any sort of stress I use my acupressure point on the stifle.......and give my dogs rescue remedy on the way to the vet. None of mine have had to go to surgery so far, but I have friends with Irish Wolfhounds and twice I have put a tube down into the stomach for one of their dogs on the way to the vet. Because we live 40 minutes away from a vet, so we have to do something.
    Both Irish ended up surviving, one did have surgery. The tubing does not fix, but gives time......I am so glad I am able to stomach tube

    I hope that this never happens to your dogs.

    We also have horses and train horses and sometimes have had colic at the Horse Clinics we have put on in the past........Horse-Colic is very similar and also just as devastating sometimes.
    I had my first scare last night with Mojo pacing around and whimping loudly.....my fault for sneaking in a dog biscuit into his kibble as a treat. He must have swallowed it whole. Tail firmly between legs and pacing around had me instantly thinking Bloat since the charts first warning sign was pacing etc... I checked his abdomen and it felt fine and he eventually calmed down but refused anymore food. Scared the shit out of me...and i woke up heaps of times just to watch his belly expand for breathing without waking up my sore and sorry puppy. He's fine this morning Thank Dog.

    Anyway, it got me thinking about the pressure points you mentioned Newfsie. If it's not to full on could you describe where, when and how to apply the pressure to these points ?. It might be in the other info you sent me, and i'll have another read but some other forum members might be interested too.


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    Glad Mojo is fine today Sean, bet you're breathing a sigh of relief ...

    I would also be interested in more information re pressure points thanks Newfsie, I am such a panic merchant, hope I could remain calm and go through the Bloat Chart warning signs ...

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    OK Guys I had to get home first...I have used this quite a lot. I use it as soon as my dogs get restless, drooling for no reason. I give Rescue Remedy and use the acupressure points

    Just beware of Gas...sometimes it can be awesome LOL.......

    Acupressure Bloat Point - Newf Haven

    Accupressure Point for Bloat

    We live about 40minutes away from the nearest vet and in bloat that could be fatal...So that is why I find this important to know. Not instead of the vet, but on the way and in conjunction with the vet.

    I have used it in quite a few dogs, not my own except for Katy recently. But I have a friend with Wolfhounds and also some greyhounds.

    I also used to have boarding Kennels and used it on a Great Dane. The wolfie and Dane were definitely bloating and both let an amazing amount of gas go. Both flatulence and burping. Katy kept farting.

    I have also used it on horses....you just need to be savvy around horses, because it does put you in a position to get kicked
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    Awsome Newfsie !!!! THANK YOU !!!!

    Mojo was just wondering what the hell i was doing to him in my search for the point.
    Just wondering how hard i should do it ?? About the same you would massage a humans temples or sore spots on there neck kinda thing ???

    I hope i'll never need it but just in case.


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    Thankyou so much Newfsie

    You (potentially) have helped save lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Awsome Newfsie !!!! THANK YOU !!!!

    Mojo was just wondering what the hell i was doing to him in my search for the point.
    Just wondering how hard i should do it ?? About the same you would massage a humans temples or sore spots on there neck kinda thing ???.

    Yes about as deep as a good massage..........I just do it in the general area if I cannot be certain of the point. Katy's stifle is very confusing now that she has had the TPLO, so I use the other leg
    I hope i'll never need it but just in case
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    Thanks a million Newfsie. Bloat is a constant worry. Not known in my dogs lines but that's no guarantee. One of our pups from last year now lives overseas with a family who lost their not-quite two year old Borzoi boy to a torsion. They were just devastated. He was a military working dog and had the best of the best vet care to no avail.

    The new boy has had a tacking done, which is now policy after the heartbreak of losing the last boy.

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    Katy will have her gastroplexy with her desexing on Monday...enough scares from her
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