Swimming is one of the most fun activities for a hot summer day, for people and pets! Just keep in mind that your pets need supervision just like your children. When you can’t be outside with them, keep your pool gates closed and locked to prevent unwanted swimmers from entering the area. Help keep your children and pets, and those who live in your neighborhood, safe!
What Is Bloat?
What Are the General Symptoms of Bloat/GDV in Dogs?
- Distended abdomen
- Unsuccessful attempts to belch or vomit
- Retching without producing anything
- Excessive salivation
- Shortness of breath
- Cold body temperature
- Pale gums
- Rapid heartbeat
What Causes Bloat in Dogs?
What Causes GDV in Dogs?
What Should I Do If I Think My Dog Has Bloat?
How Is Bloat Treated?
How Is GDV Treated?
Are Certain Breeds Prone to Bloat/GDV?
How Can I Prevent Bloat/GDV?
- Feed your dog several small meals, rather than one or two larger ones, throughout the day to avoid eating too much or too fast.
- If appropriate (check with your vet), include canned food in your dog’s diet.
- Maintain your dog’s appropriate weight.
- Avoid feeding your dog from a raised bowl unless advised to do so by your vet.
- Encourage normal water consumption.
- Limit rigorous exercise before and after meals.
- Consider a prophylactic gastropexy surgery (which fixes the stomach in place, as described above) if you have a high-risk breed.
Heatstroke is caused by overheating and dehydration, but did you know that it could be fatal? Pets that are left outside in the sun or not given plenty of fresh water to drink are at risk. Signs of heatstroke include shaking, excessive panting, and disorientation. If you think your pet is having heatstroke, it’s important to apply cool towels to your pet’s body to lower their temperature and bring them into Veterinary Emergency Group as quickly as possible.