gluttony bloat in dogs

Gluttony Bloat (Overeating) in Dogs

Overview of Canine Gluttony Bloat

Bloat is a term used to describe severe distention of the stomach. It can be caused by a dog over eating, referred to as “gluttony bloat,” or by a life threatening condition in which the stomach not only is distended but also twists called “Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (commonly called ‘GDV’ or Gastric torsion)”. For more information on this life-threatening disorder – go to Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (Bloat).

Gluttony bloat is caused by over-eating. The common scenario is a dog or puppy that gains access to human food, dog food, or the trash and over eats. As the stomach enlarges, the dog becomes uncomfortable. As the stomach presses on the diaphragm, dogs will breath faster and seem restless. Some dogs will also drool when they are nauseated.

An enlarged stomach has the risk of rotating causing the Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus mentioned above.

What to Watch For/Signs of Gluttony Bloat

Diagnosis of Gluttony Bloat in Dogs

The diagnosis can usually be made based on the history and physical examination.

Treatment of Gluttony Bloat in Dogs

Home Care and Prevention for Gluttony Bloat

Prevent your dogs access to garbage, human foods or his bag of food. Keep food stored in a sealed container.