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Elliott decided to take a hard run after breakfast today. This isn't normal for him, he was really excited that the ground was so soft from the rain. As soon as I realized it was too soon after eating, I stopped him, but he'd already had a few good laps at that point.

 

I know and have refreshed myself on the signs of bloat, and am watching him carefully. He's fine at the moment.

 

I was unable to find advice indicating how quickly the signs of bloat might emerge. My question is - Is this a situation where it could show up in a day or two, or would it typically present within minutes or a few hours if there is something wrong? I know that you have to get to the vet immediately if it happens.

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Hopefully someone with more knowledge will respond soon. Good thoughts for your pup.

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Next couple hours.

 

 

 

ETA: Usually a run right after eating isn't a big deal. Not what you want to happen but usually no big deal. I would worry more if the dog were, say, running the fence line and barking at the neighbor's dog, chasing a squirrel, etc. to the point of exhaustion.

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What Batmom said.

I don't fret overmuch about this kind of thing, but I do make sure they're not panting when I feed them and won't let DH (who does not understand) feed them within half an hour of walking out, even though they are old and don't dash about like a youngster. Sometimes it happens that they do go straight out and run about madly in the garden, or come in and suck down a ton of water, but I've never had any symptoms here.

Keep a close eye on him and let the vet know immediately if his behaviour looks at all odd or he looks uncomfortable, but he'll probably be fine.

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Thanks. I had some things lined up for the day but am going to stay home this morning just in case. He seems fine. I appreciate your feedback!

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I lost my GSD Kodie to bloat 2 weeks ago. She took a big drink of water and within 20 minutes she was in excruciating pain and needed to be put to sleep. It happens very quickly. Too quickly :(

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Bloat is really the build up of gas in the stomach. That being said, the exercise post-eating isn't about "bloat" but about the "torsion" that can occur from running. The stomach can get flipped over during exercise and the normal gas can't pass on it's own. I always keep some Gas-X on hand, just in case, but haven't had to use it.

 

He's probably going to be fine. Unless a dog has eaten a huge amount, or gulped down a gallon of water after, a short run after dinner shouldn't be an issue. One of mine used to do it regularly and never had a problem.

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I lost my GSD Kodie to bloat 2 weeks ago. She took a big drink of water and within 20 minutes she was in excruciating pain and needed to be put to sleep. It happens very quickly. Too quickly :(

 

Zombrie, I'm so sorry to hear of your sudden loss.

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I lost my GSD Kodie to bloat 2 weeks ago. She took a big drink of water and within 20 minutes she was in excruciating pain and needed to be put to sleep. It happens very quickly. Too quickly :(

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