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My dog got into my other friends dog's dog food and they are

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My dog got into my other friends dog's dog food and they are both the same brand but different formulas of Blue buffalo. Will this cause bloat?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I am afraid that the expert you have requested is not currently available. Still I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I wouldlike to help you with your wee one today.

How much did Jax eat?

How long ago did he eat this?

Are his gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?

If you press on his belly, does he have any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?

Can you take a breathing rate for me (just count his breaths for 10 seconds + multiply that by 6)?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He got into the bag in the morning most likely 8am or 9am. Slightly pale but mostly pink. Sticky texture. His belly is soft, he is laying on his side most the day. Breathing rate 78
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you,

Now I am glad to hear that his belly is soft and not distended at this stage. Still, this elevated breathing rate (as normal at rest is <30bpm) and sticky gums (a sign of dehydration) do raise concerns here. This is because when our dogs "overdose" on dry food, we can see the food pull fluid and electrolytes into the stomach via osmosis. This can then cause weakness, dehydration, and blood electrolyte/pH imbalance (and this plus discomfort can elevate the breathing rate).

Therefore, if we are seeing these, I'd not be panicked about bloat but I do think we need to have him seen. Especially with this >2x normal breathing rate. If he has those imbalances, then he may need IV fluids to stabilize him while he is processing and passing all the excess food. As well, his vet can potentially start him on injectable pain relief (to ease discomfort from the distension), anti-nausea medication, GI lubricants +/- enemas to just clear this all out sooner and avert any issue here.

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All the best for Jax,

Dr. B.

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hi Corina,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Jax. How is everything going?