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Know the symptoms of twisted intestine

The RAPS family is mourning the death of a sweet dog whose twisted intestine was not treated quickly enough. It’s important for people to recognize the symptoms of this too-common and often-fatal condition.

Bloat is a build-up of gas, fluid or food, which causes the stomach to expand, placing strain on organs, potentially interfering with blood flow, tearing the stomach wall or making breathing difficult.

Sometimes, this results in gastric dilatation volvulus, in which the stomach rotates or twists, trapping blood and interrupting normal flow to the heart and the rest of the body.

Know these symptoms:

According to WebMD, early indicators are:

  • Restlessness
  • Drooling
  • Swollen stomach
  • Anxiety
  • Pacing
  • Trying to vomit, but nothing comes up

Advanced symptoms include:

  • Collapse
  • Pale gums
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness

Please share this warning with all your dog people. Time is short when symptoms arise and early action can save lives.