Bloat is a condition in which the stomach of a dog becomes distended and can "twist". This condition is also called gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) and is a very common cause of death for many large and giant breed dogs.
Breeds at most risk include breeds with deep narrow chests and large or giant breed dogs such as the Akita, bloodhound, collie, Great Dane, Irish setter, Irish wolfhound, Newfoundland, rottweiler, Saint Bernard, standard poodle and Weimaraner.
Untreated, it results in death. If you have a large or giant breed dog, be familiar with the risks and signs of this condition. Early identification and prompt treatment can safe your dog's life.