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Hi. Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** Thank you for your question. Can I get his name? So here tonight, is he salivating more? Is there any chance of him getting into something different here tonight?
I like the name Jeep! I can honestly say I've never had a dog come into my clinic with that unique name! Bloat / GDV is typically a very obvious situation. It is an extremely critical one to recognize early as it requires surgical correction. When it happens, they typically have non-productive retching / vomiting. They can sometimes bring up foam (saliva that has been swallowed but doesn't reach the stomach due the twist) when they retch. They will typically have a distended abdomen that when tapped sounds like a base drum. With him acting as he is with the eating of the grass, he may be finding that he just likes the taste and texture of that particular grass. My own dog will at times find random grass that she just has to eat. With the salivation that was seen, that has me suspicious that at that point he was feeling nauseated. Profuse salivation accompanies nausea a lot of the time. What made him nauseated? That is the mystery. Some will want to eat grass when they are feeling nauseated as they feel it can help settle their stomachs.
Could this be a flare up of his inflammatory bowel disease? That is very possible too! I wanted you to have a great link for your reference on the bloat / GDV.
Sometimes the terminology gets tagged to situations where it is a little of a misnomer. Dogs can just get bloat of the stomach - I typically see it due to overindulging of food. The food bloats can progress to a GDV (gastric dilation volvulus) if it twists on its axis. I'm always amazed how things in the abdominal cavity stay in a relatively happy position when I see those cases of GDV's or intestinal torsions. I'm sure a distal colon twist or cecum that twists are extremely painful and critical fast.