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The following advice is a guideline and may not apply to your circumstances.

Always consult a Vet where possible.

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Great Danes are one of several deep chested breeds that are predisposed to torsion.

Death is almost certain unless the owners recognise the symptoms and rush the dog to the Vet immediately!

If you notice any of the following signs...

  • Your dog retches from the throat but nothing is produced other than small amounts of frothy mucus.
  • Your dog tries to defecate unsuccessfully.
  • Your dog adopts the ‘Sphinx’ position, (arches his back).
  • Your dog’s stomach goes hard and/or swells up like a balloon and is taut as a drum-skin.
  • Trying to bite, or worry the abdomen.
  • Your dog is extremely unsettled.

Contact your Vet immediately.

Bloat is a true emergency – be prepared to drive to the Veterinary surgery straight away!

The chance of survival decreases alarmingly if you delay getting the dog to surgery more than 60 – 90 minutes after the first signs.

So whether you’re about to catch a plane, serve a meal or go to bed...   Don’t...   instead take your dog immediately to the Vet.  It will relieve great pain and could save your dog’s life.

Read our Bloat Article for more information.