Brady, a blue-merle collie whose lifelong dream has been to be a feature reporter, has started his career with Tri County Collie Rescue! In this feature to the TCCR website, Brady will occasionally interview his veterinarian, Dr. Jim, about an important health topic to collies or dogs in general.
Brady: What is the survival rate for dogs who get bloat?
Dr. Jim: The survival rate is good, if it's detected early. Dogs that aren't detected and treated early can develop necrosis of the delicate stomach tissue and if the stomach twists (called GDV) at the same time, it can compress the aorta in the abdomen, leading to loss of blood to other abdominal organs.
Brady: Dr. Jim, what is bloat? It sounds disgusting and I hear it affects collies a lot.
Dr. Jim: Bloat is a condition where gas becomes trapped in the stomach and can't move. As the stomach contents ferment, more gas is produced and continues to distend the stomach.
Brady: What are the signs that a dog has bloat?
Dr. Jim: Oftentimes, the abdomen or belly distends, especially on the left side. Dogs will often attempt to vomit, but don't produce much. They also tend to hypersalivate, too.