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Gastric distress or bloat is increasingly common and can quickly become gastric torsion which requires emergency surgery to prevent agonizing death. This video, courtesy of Akita Rescue, is a priceless learning tool on the risk and danger of bloat.  It shows an Akita in the middle to late middle stages of bloat. Thankfully, Roscoe was saved.


He had just arrived in a new home and neither the person who brought the dog to this foster home nor the wonderful people who took him in had ever seen bloat. On behalf of other owners, we thank them for having the foresight to grab a video camera to record his strange behavior.  As the bloating advanced, they realized something was really wrong and he was rushed to the emergency vet.


Many dogs do not survive bloating.  Prevention is the key and you will find great information after the video.


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Bloating with gastric torsion occurs more often in large and/or loose-skinned breeds, read more on Gas, Bloat, Gastric Torsion - Bloat occurs when food ferments, air is trapped and the stomach twists.  Twisted stomachs can even affect toy breeds! Bloat in Toy Dogs documents onset, symptoms, misdiagnosis in tragic case of bloat.  And professional handler, Cabral, was benched for neglect after losing a Briard to gastric torsion.

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