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My rotti has a bloated belly. He is acting fine. Farting ...

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My rotti has a bloated belly. He is acting fine. Farting up a storm. Did not want to eat his full meal. Heart rate is fine and pulse is strong. Gave him 2 gas x. He bloats up when he swims in pool during the summer due to all the water he gulps. Is this Bloat, or since he is acting normal-wants to play-rolling on his back for a belly rub-is this just a gas issue?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 6 years ago.
Hi Judi,

It always worries me to hear about a dog with a distended stomach as this could indicate bloat. Bloat (Gastric Dilatation) may or may not involve stomach torsion (twisted stomach). It may be that your dog's stomach is not twisting. Common symptoms are attempts to vomit (usually unsuccessful) and may continue to try to vomit, dog just doesn't seem like themselves, a hunched up posture, anxiety and restlessness, a distended stomach that is tight like a drum, gums may be dark red in early stages and white or blue in later stages. These are the most common symptoms and the list goes on. If you believe your dog has bloat they should be seen immediately. Simethicone products like gas-x may help while you take him into the vet.

You can read more on bloat here.
http://www.globalspan.net/bloat.htm

Parasites can sometimes cause a distended stomach and lead to a loss of appetite as well though we usually see abnormal stools with parasites. If your dog may have ingested a bone or sharp pointed object, it may have punctured the gastrointestinal tract. You can read about this here:
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/peritonitis-in-dogs/page1.aspx

Cushing disease can cause a bloated stomach as well. You can read about this condition here:
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/hyperadrenocorticism-cushing-s-syndrome-in-dogs/page1.aspx

I suggest smaller meals with water provided at meal time, and slowing down his eating with moistened food will also help preven gulping air when the dog eats too fast. Prevent exercise for an hour after eating and drinking The exercise can cause the stomach to twist which of course can be deadly. If he tends to gulp large amounts of water from the pool while exercising, you may need to limit this activity to help prevent bloat.

I would definitely discuss this problem with your vet. He may decide that with the problems you are already seeing, that tacking the stomach in place to prevent the stomach from twisting might be in your dog's best interest.

I hope this information is helpful to you.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
No vomiting, no ADR, no arched back, no eating of grass, no anxiety. No parasites-he is on Advantage Multi-once a dog or cat has been on Advantage Multi for several months it has been proven in studies that there is no evidence of adult, immature, or laval stages of hooks or rounds. In essense he is getting dewormed 12 times a year. Do I continue to walk him, and when should I give him more gas-x.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 6 years ago.
Judi,

I would not exercise him. I would monitor him for additional symptoms and keep him calm. Be sure and check his gums regularly. Since he isn't displaying any other symptoms of bloat, then it may be a different issue such as I mentioned above.

Many things can cause gas. It is believed that dog foods containing soy products and other food allergies contribute to gas problems as well. Sometimes a change in diet will help the problem. Smaller meals spread out can help and taking your dog for slow walks after meals cuts down on gas. Adding good bacteria to your dog's stomach can aid in the digestion as well. I use a spoonful of plain unflavored yogurt on my dog's food to keep good bacteria in their stomach, but there are products, such as Prozyme, that can be purchased at your pet store to aid digestion and cut down on gas. Here is a site that discusses the problem:
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1571&articleid=253

Other things such as protozoan infections can also contribute to gas as well. You can read about these here:
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1622&articleid=727
http://www.missionmedvet.com/encyclopedia/giardia_canine.htm
http://www.beaglesunlimited.com/beaglehealth_giardiasis.htm


I would continue to monitor him and take him in to see your vet and the first sign of additional symptoms. If he does develop any other symptoms, then repeat the Gas-x on the way to the vet. I hope this information is helpful.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Is there a vet there to answer the question about the dosage and frequency of giving the Gas-X? I have worked in the vet field for over 8 years so the answers you have given were of no suprise to me. My main concern is how much of the Gas-x to give and how frequent. I have also had personal experience with a bloating dog which had the typical symptoms and needed to be rushed to emergency. Watching this rotti closely, but want to make sure I do not over dose him on the Gas X
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 6 years ago.
Judi,

The following lists the dosage information for Gas-x as 1 adult dose for large dogs. If bloat suspected, then 2 doses should be administered.
http://www.walkervalleyvet.com/otc-meds.htm

Dosage information for gas-x can be found on this site. It states the adult dosage is 40 to 125 mg four times a day but not to exceed 500mg per day.
http://www.drugs.com/cons/gas-x.html

If you would still like a vet to give you this information, let me know and I will opt out of the question and see if there is a vet available.

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