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What a Bloated Abdomen Could Mean for Your Dog

Dogs love their food, and when they overindulge, their stomachs may show the signs. However, abdominal distension in a dog can also be an indicator of an extremely serious medical condition called bloat. If your dog has a bloated abdomen, you may need to seek emergency veterinary treatment in case your pet needs urgent care. Here is a look at some of the most common causes of abdominal bloating in dogs.

Bloating from Overeating

If your dog has a bloated abdomen but he or she appears otherwise healthy and happy, then the bloating is likely to be caused by overindulging. One simple way to recognize this kind of bloating is to know that your dog has recently eaten more than usual. For instance, if your dog managed to grab some table scraps and is now full and content, the bloating may not be a cause for concern but rather a side effect of eating too much. Overeating can lead to the more serious form of bloat, however, so it is important to be vigilant about your dog’s symptoms.

Bloat

Bloat, also more technically called gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV), is one of the most serious emergencies dogs can face. Without treatment, GDV can be fatal within hours of the onset of symptoms. It occurs when a bloated stomach twists on itself, inside the dog’s abdomen, which traps air and gas in the stomach and prevents blood from reaching the stomach. This condition is painful, so in addition to a distended abdomen, your dog will appear restless and anxious and he or she may pace, drool, and try to vomit unsuccessfully. You may also notice pale gums, shortness of breath, and a rapid heart rate as the condition progresses. It is important to seek immediate veterinarian care if you even suspect that your dog has GDV.

Other Bloating Causes

Other conditions can cause bloating as well, including peritonitis, an infection that occurs when the stomach or intestines rupture, and Cushing’s syndrome, in which the body overproduces the hormone cortisol. Both conditions are serious and require immediate treatment at an animal hospital.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers emergency vet care & advice in the Dallas areas when your dog needs it the most. Find out how to get life-saving care around the clock by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033.


Tips for Teaching Your Puppy to Stop Nipping

Bringing home a new puppy is exciting, but it is also hard work, as you teach your puppy the right way to behave in your home. One common problem new puppy families face is nipping. It’s natural for puppies to nip, since that is how they explore the world, but that behavior quickly becomes problematic if your pup doesn’t learn to stop before he or she becomes a bigger dog. Make sure veterinarian is part of your puppy’s life from the start, as your vet can offer advice about what behaviors are common, or normal, and can make referrals for behavioral training services if necessary. You can work on breaking your puppy’s nipping habit at home with this advice.

Copy Natural Dog Behavior

When puppies play with each other and with other older dogs, they learn bite inhibition through the reactions of the other dogs they are nipping at. If one dog mouths another too forcefully during play, the other dog will yelp, forcing the first dog to change his or her behavior, otherwise the game is over. You can mirror that behavior at home. When your puppy nips too hard, go limp and let out a loud yelping sound. Don’t play with your puppy for 10 to 15 seconds, and then resume the game. If he or she bites too hard again, repeat the process. This teaches your dog that gentle play is fine but he or she will lose your attention for aggressive nipping.

Redirect Attention

You may wish to teach your puppy that his or her teeth never belong on human skin, even during play. In this case, redirect your pup’s attention any time he or she tries to nip at you. Avoid your dog’s mouth and provide a chew toy anytime he or she wants to bite you. The toy gives your dog something to chew instead of your hand. If your pup nips at your ankles, keep a toy in your pocket to redirect biting when you walk.

Talk to your veterinarian at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group anytime you have questions about your new puppy’s health. We also offer dog spay and neuter services, dental care, and more. Schedule an appointment for your puppy today by dialing (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or by dialing (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.


Taking a Look at Our Life Guardianship Trust

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we are committed to helping our community help animals get the love and care they need. Our Life Guardianship Trust for pets is designed to meet this goal. Through the generous donations of our clients and other animal lovers in Dallas and McKinney, our veterinary hospital is able to provide much-needed care to animals in crisis.

The money in the Life Guardianship Trust is used to provide veterinarian services to homeless pets and wildlife and to help families whose pets need critical care that they cannot afford. The fund is also used to improve the quality of care we provide to our clients. We invite pet lovers to contribute to the fund at any time.

Finding out more about the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group and the services at our veterinary clinics in Dallas and McKinney is super easy. Simply call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney, for more information.


Spotlight on Pet Boarding

When you are traveling and need a place for your pet to stay, why not enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that they are getting the highest quality care from your veterinary hospital? Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is pleased to provide veterinarian-supervised pet boarding at rates that fit right into your travel budget.

When you board your pet with us, you can take comfort in knowing that your four-legged family member is getting the level of care that you would want him or her to have. We understand the special care needs your pet may have, from dietary concerns to daily medications, and the importance of following medical protocol. We can also offer medical boarding for pets that need additional veterinarian care while you are away.

Why risk boarding your pet at an unknown kennel or with an inexperienced pet sitter when you can rest easy knowing that the caring animal experts at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can provide the quality attention your animal needs? Find out about our pet boarding services in Dallas and McKinney by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309, or by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.


How Often Should You Feed Your Dog?

Dogs have a reputation for always being ready to eat, but how many times per day should you really be filling your pooch’s food bowl? Your veterinarian can offer you some great advice to help you make smart nutritional choices for your pet. This video should also help some.

Many factors go into determining the right eating plan for your dog. If you have a small puppy, he or she may need to eat as many as four times per day, thanks to his or her small stomach. As dogs age, most of them can settle into a routine of eating twice per day. Eating too much in one sitting can leave your dog hungry later and increase the risk of bloat, which requires emergency veterinary care.

Get answers to all of your questions about your pet’s health by making an appointment at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. We offer comprehensive veterinarian care, from cat and dog neutering to pet dental services, in Dallas and McKinney. To make an appointment for your pet, call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area.


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