There can be several factors that contribute to this condition. The faster dogs eat, the higher the incidence of bloat. This can occur because large amounts of air are gulped down along with the food so it’s best to feed 2 or 3 smaller meals a day, rather than just one large meal.
Another factor is too much activity too close to mealtime. Take precaution and limit vigorous exercise to one hour before and two hours after mealtime. Anxiety and stress are also contributing factors in cases of bloat, as is genetics.
Symptoms to watch for would be a swollen stomach, restlessness, inability to lie down, pacing, rapid, shallow breathing, salivating, whining, non-productive vomiting, and overall uncomfortabilty. If you suspect your dog is suffering from bloat, do not hesitate to take your dog to your vet immediately.