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Dr-Bonk, Veterinarian
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
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Experience:  Five years as a veterinarian performing farm calls for livestock, including herd health checks, vaccinations, and pregnancy testing. Also operate a small cow/calf operation.
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How to treat bloat? I have a 2 1/2 year old that appears to

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How to treat bloat? I have a 2 1/2 year old bull that appears to be bloated. wet nose but cold to the touch and obviously bloated.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr-Bonk replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Bonk. Treatment of bloat depends on the cause. Most of the time bloat is caused by the food that's eaten, but sometimes it can be caused by a physical obstruction in or around the esophagus. Please check for any swellings on the neck.

If no obstructions are found, the best thing is to pass a stomach tube. Only do this if you are experienced because if the tube is passed into the lungs instead, it could be trouble. If a stomach tube is not an option, try drenching with mineral oil, about 1 gallon. This helps to break down the foam inside the rumen and allow gas to escape. This can be repeated if necessary. Follow this with exercise to help further release gas.

If the animal is in immediate need, you may need to release some of the gas externally by using a large bore needle (14g) or tocar. The needle should be inserted on the left side in the space between the last rib and the hip, about 1.5-2 inches down from the backbone.

If none of these option work, it's best to see a veterinarian to pass a stomach tube or surgery may be needed to empty the rumen. Please let me know if you have any further questions. Thank you and good luck!