If your dog eats so fast that it's gulping its food, you may want to find ways to help your pooch eat slower, such as feeding several small meals throughout the day instead of two or three larger meals. Gulping food can cause your dog to swallow too much air, which can lead to a painful condition known as bloat.

Bloat occurs when the stomach swells and begins pressing on the other internal organs. Too much bloat can cause the stomach to twist. When that happens, blood supply can be cut off to the stomach and spleen. Some of the symptoms of bloat include:

  • Distended or swollen belly
  • Vomiting
  • Uncontrollable bowel movements

If your dog exhibits any of those symptoms after eating, here are a few steps you can take to provide relief.

Treat for Shock

Bloat is a potentially deadly condition for your dog. In severe cases, such as when the stomach twists, shock can set in quickly. The first thing you should do is observe your dog's abdomen. Does it appear swollen? Is it too painful to touch? If you answered yes to either of those questions, your dog's stomach has probably twisted.

Now check your pet's gums. Are they pale and dry? If they are, apply a small amount of corn syrup to your dog's gums and get them to the veterinarian as soon as possible. The corn syrup will elevate your dog's blood sugar and keep them conscious during transport. Wrap your dog in a warm blanket and take them to the vet.

Try a Liquid Antacid

If your dog isn't showing signs of shock and isn't exhibiting signs of extreme pain, try giving them a small amount of antacid. Simethicone absorbs gas bubbles in the stomach, which will help relieve the bloat. A few teaspoons of antacid should work well at alleviating your dog's distress. If your dog continues to show signs of stomach pain, you should contact your veterinarian.

Go For a Walk

Exercise often breaks up the gas bubbles so they can pass either through belches or flatulence. If your dog is suffering from minor bloat, try taking it for a walk around the neighborhood for about 30 minutes. Don't go to far from home in case the bloat becomes more severe. If your dog doesn't begin passing gas or stool within about 30 minutes, take them to the 24 hour animal hospital immediately.

If your dog has developed bloat, you need to try and resolve the problem as soon as possible. If home remedies don't sooth your pet, take them to the veterinarian for professional medical care.