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There are certain conditions which large breed dogs and puppies are prone to suffering. Listed below are some of them and ways of recognising them.


This is one of the most immediately life-threatening conditions; It is crucial that we understand how to recognise bloat and respond FAST.

Bloat occurs when the dog's stomach fills up with gas. This puts pressure on surrounding organs, restricting their functionality.

It can also cause the stomach to rotate and twist. Blood can subsequently become trapped in the stomach, and is unable to return to the heart. The dog may suffer from shock as a result.

Bloat can quickly become life-threatening. Take your dog straight to the vet if you see these symptoms shortly after your dog has eaten:

> Stomach appears swollen
> Dog appears restless / anxious
> Excessive drool
> Dog tries to vomit, but nothing comes up.

As the condition intensifies, these symptoms will appear:

> Collapse
> Pale gums
> Rapid heartbeat
> Shortness of breath
> General weakness.

You have only a matter of minutes to act if your dog begins to suffer from bloat.


Although vets are unclear about what specifically causes bloat, there are certain factors which elevate the risk.

Eating from a raised food bowl can trigger bloat, as it increases the rate at which the dog eats his food.

Exercising before or after eating - best to leave an hour gap to be safe.

Having one large meal a day.

Susceptibility to bloat may also be congenital - check whether any of your dog's relatives have had the condition.

Slow your dog's eating speed and help prevent bloat with products like these:

RECOGNISING BLOAT This video shows a dog suffering from bloat, and will help you recognise the symptoms. Be warned - it is a distressing video.