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Q: This emergency condition can occur in all dogs, but tends to occur photo © 2009 Claudio Gennari | more info (via: Wylio)
more in large breeds that are deep chested. Some symptoms are restlessness, a bloated abdomen and attempts to vomit with little to nothing coming up.
A: The answer is Bloat or Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV). a condition in which the stomach fills with air and twists affecting other organs and blood flow. This is a life threatening emergency so it is very important that owners of those breeds who are susceptible to bloat know what the symptoms are so they can seek emergency vet care right away. The vet will need to treat the dog for shock and get them stabilized so they can undergo surgery.
The article Bloat (Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus) in Dogs has a chart which shows which breeds are prone to bloat as well as more in depth information on bloat.