Bloat in pups is a very sudden and dangerous condition.
We discussed its potential effects and symptoms in a previous article, which you should check out if you haven’t already! But now that you know about it, you might also be aware that in this care, prevention is much better than cure, especially if your pup is more susceptible to it. Here are some preventative options that you can take.
Due to the fact that there is no clinically proven cause for bloat, there are no medical non-surgical prevention options. However, based on some facts, there are some things you can do to reduce the risks. Try to feed your pup smaller meals instead of just one big meal, and avoid dry food by eliminating it from your fur ball’s diet or soaking dry biscuits first. If your pup eats fast, find ways to slow him down. In addition, don’t let him drink too much at one time, and don’t encourage heavy exercise right before or after a meal!
The most viable ways to prevent bloat, however, are by surgical means. You can opt for preventative gastropexy, which involves stitching a pup’s stomach to his abdominal wall so it can’t twist. This used to be a big, open surgery, but now the option of laparoscopic gastropexy, or keyhole surgery, is available – and it promises less invasive surgery that is faster, less painful, and heals better and quickler. It’s also less expensive and more reliable than open surgery.
With that being said, keyhole surgery is only available in certain veterinary facilities. The important question is, does it prevent bloat? The short answer is no. But it does prevent the stomach from twisting and allows your fur ball to continue to pass excess gas, allowing you more time to get treatment.
So when can this operation be performed? Many pups have it done at the same time as neutering or spaying. If your fur ball is older, though, then it can be done on its own. Do discuss the risks and complications with a vet first! Don’t forget to like and share this with other pup Mommies and Daddies if you found it useful!
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