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03-31-2014 09:01 AM
brembo False alarm, but a scary one. My guess is she drank too much of my UBER cold well water too fast. I put fresh water out and of course it was a game or some such with these two dogs to drink it. Have been rationing water is smaller doses, just to be safe. They get plenty, just not all at once.
03-30-2014 08:10 PM
Lauri & The Gang Something else to try: Accupressure Point for Bloat
03-30-2014 07:33 PM
TAR HEEL MOM So, so scary to even think about. Especially for those of us who don't live in an area with an emergency 24 hour vet. Thanks for the info on the Gas-X.
03-30-2014 04:33 AM
Anubis_Star If you EVER suspect bloat, never guess and just give medication to wait it out and see. Vet immediately. There's no way, without doing xrays, to tell if it's simple bloat or an actual gastric torsion (stomach flips), and if it is a flipped stomach (GDV), then the dog will die without surgery. I had a german shepherd patient die on the operating table one time, it's stomach had likely been flipped for a couple hours and was completely black and necrotic. We tried to flip the stomach back around and as soon as the doctor touched it the dog coded.

A large dog can get 1 human dose of Gas-X to help relieve gas. If you suspect your dog is bloated, you can give 2 doses and then rush to the vet. Bring along any medications you gave so the vet can read the labels and see the doses used.

Other symptoms of GDV include retching - one of the biggest symptoms - dog appears like it's trying to vomit but can't, obvious distended stomach (but I've seen a few rare cases where the stomach didn't swell), hunched back due to pain, discomfort in general, restless, unwilling to lay down.
03-29-2014 08:31 PM
gsdsar I start with 2 Gas-x. Have been known to give a third if I am still worried.

Can't answer about activated Charcoal, never used it before for this purpose.

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03-29-2014 08:01 PM
TAR HEEL MOM How much gas-x would one use with a 80-90 pound dog? I bought gas-x a while back to have on hand but never remembered to ask the question here. I hope Alli is fine brembo...they worry us so much sometimes don't they? While we are at it someone tell me how to use the activated charcoal also..please? And would you use both if you suspected bloat?
03-29-2014 07:14 PM
BowWowMeow Activated charcoal and Gas-X. I keep both on hand. Hope it was just bad gas!
03-29-2014 06:23 PM
brembo Just gave the dogs a 1/4 of their normal meals(raw beef, egg, kept it simple). Neither are drinking much. Will give 1/2 a few hours from now and then finish off the last 1/4 about an hour before bed. Allie spunked right up after the meal, acting 100% now. I really really hope it was just a nasty stomach cramp. She has been passing gas a good bit, that has to feel good.
03-29-2014 06:06 PM
GatorBytes Do you have activated charcoal on hand? If no, go get some they usually come in 260mg capsules. This will neutralize gas. Some say having gas-x on hand in case of emergency too. I think the quick dissolve strips - just make sure they don't contain xylitol. But I go natural first - 2x 260mg. repeat a couple hrs later if needed. She may have black poop after.

Also - take her for a 15 min walk - this will stimulate the gastro-intestinal tract to move things along.
03-29-2014 05:37 PM
wyoung2153 Well good def keep an eye on it.. Had something random happen to Titan one night too, told my work either I wasn't coming in, or Titan was coming to work with me.. Titan came with me
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