Your Rottweilers will be in danger faster if you think Bloat is easy to deal with

There is a deadly disease that affects your Rottweilers but can be preventable, would you want to know? Surprisingly, almost all dog owners had no idea about this dangerous condition. We want to provide useful information before they are faced with a seriously ill pet and the costly surgery that will be needed to save the dog’s life.

So what is Bloat - Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus?

GDV - commonly referred to as Bloat - is a serious condition and fatal if left untreated. It occurs when a dog's stomach fills with gas, food, fluid and subsequently twists. It puts pressure on the surrounding organs, decreases blood flow to and from these organs. GDV develops without warning and may progress quickly. It is always an emergency.

Dr. Luschini explained that “The problem is that it can progress to a GDV, where the stomach twists and flips on its axis, at any time. The pet owner will not know when that happens. That makes monitoring a bloated condition at home a very dangerous thing for an owner to do.”

Risk factors that are thought to contribute to bloat are as below:

  • Eating quickly
  • Overeating
  • Drinking a large quantity of water in a short period of time
  • Raised food bowls
  • Stress (dogs in stressful situations or environments such as boarding kennels)
  • Exercising after eating
  • Genetic factors
  • Get older

Signs in the early stages of bloat are as below:

  • Restlessness
  • Pacing
  • Swollen or distended abdomen
  • Painful abdomen
  • The overall look of distress
  • Retching or attempts to vomit with no success
  • Excessive drooling
  • Panting or rapid breathing
  • Collapse/ inability to stand


In the US each year, there are estimated as high as 60,000 cases. All dog owners should be familiar with all conditions above, including how to recognize and react to signs of bloat. Treatment for GDV disease should be sought out ASAP to increase the dog's chance of survival. 

Hope this is useful for you!