Phil & Heidi Warren
3212 Vance Road
Monkton, Maryland 21111
Weimaraner Health - Bloat Symptoms
Typical symptoms often include some (but not necessarily all) of the following, according to the links below. Unfortunately, from the onset of the first symptoms you have very little time (sometimes minutes, sometimes hours) to get immediate medical attention for your dog. Know your dog and know when it's not acting right.
• Attempts to vomit (usually unsuccessful); may occur every 5-20 minutes. This seems to
be one of the most common symptoms & has been referred to as the "hallmark symptom"
• Doesn't act like usual self
• Perhaps the earliest warning sign & may be the only sign that almost always occurs
• Significant anxiety and restlessness
• One of the earliest warning signs and seems fairly typical "Hunched up" or "roached up"
appearance. This seems to occur fairly frequently.
• Bloated abdomen that may feel tight (like a drum). Despite the term "bloat," many times
this symptom never occurs or is not apparent.
• Pale or off-color gums
• Dark red in early stages, white or blue in later stages
• Lack of normal gurgling and digestive sounds in the tummy. Many dog owners report this
after putting their ear to their dog's tummy.
• Unproductive gagging
• Heavy salivating or drooling
• Foamy mucous around the lips, or vomiting foamy mucous
• Unproductive attempts to defecate
• Licking the air
• Seeking a hiding place
• Looking at their side or other evidence of abdominal pain or discomfort
• May refuse to lie down or even sit down
• May stand spread-legged
• May attempt to eat small stones and twigs
• Drinking excessively
• Heavy or rapid panting
• Shallow breathing
• Cold mouth membranes
• Apparent weakness; unable to stand or has a spread-legged stance
• Especially in advanced stage:
○ Accelerated heartbeat
○ Heart rate increases as bloating progresses
○ Weak pulse
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