Thank you for watching our dog while we're away. Because our dog may be at risk of bloat, we need for you to be aware of the following. Bloat is the #2 killer of dogs after cancer, and your actions may save our dog's life.
Number Where We Can Be Reached: __________________________________
Things to Do:
No vigorous exercise an hour before or after eating
No water an hour before or after eating
Limit dog biscuits
Meals should be as stress-free as possible
If the any following symptoms occur, please take our dog to the Vet IMMEDIATELY. (Bloat can kill in hours, sometimes even minutes.) Better to be wrong than take a chance! We'll happily pay all Vet costs, even if it turns out not to be bloat.
Repeated unsuccessful attempts to throw up (every 5-20 minutes)
Bloated abdomen that feels tight like a drum
Foamy mucous around the lips or vomiting foamy mucous
Looking at side, hunched up appearance, refuses to lie down, or other indicators of abdominal discomfort
Gagging, licking the air, or heavy, rapid, or shallow breathing
Dark red, white, or blue gums
Acts extremely weak and may stand spread-legged
Extremely anxious and restless; doesn't act like normal self
Please call the Vet (phone number & address follow)
Tell them our dog may be experiencing bloat and you're bringing the dog in right away
Tell them it's an emergency and you'll need to see a Vet as soon as you arrive.
Directions: (Also see attached map)
Note: If the above Vet isn't open 24 hours a day, alternate Vet information is provided below:
Source: Bloat in Dogs www.globalspan.net/bloat.htm
Disclaimer: The above information is what provide to our dogsitter. We are happy to share it in case it helps others. We are not medical experts, so please consult with your own veterinarian or other health care practitioner as to the best course of action for you.