BLOAT (Gastric Torsion) – Links and research provided

12-25-12 The Mayor, Chaps Wayne Rudert passes away from bloat….

Please click here to see the video and read his obituary.  I will forever be different because he is gone.  The loss was and is crushing…



12-16-12 Make sure you read this entire page for so much information on this very important topic that affects our sweet hounds!

Here is a blog posting I did about our very own Mayor and his bloat incident on 12-14-12.




Here is the bowl that can help slow down a hounds eating.  Eating too fast can lead to bloat.   You have to go to this link and see the mini video of the dog eating from it. It really works.


5-4-08 – Please go to bottom where the links are listed and see this valuable information.Welcome to’s medical page on:

BLOAT (Gastric Torsion)


I want to make this information available on my website due to the increased risk our beloved hounds have for this occurrence. A resident basset hound, CoCo experienced this condition and often times these happenings will cause us to research, become more aware, and want to help others from it.

Here is part of the e-mail regarding CoCo.

“Hi Cat~

I was hoping you could do a blog posting about this. If I wouldn’t of known that Coco had bloat (from being around bassets at the ranch) I would of had no idea what it was or what to do and she probably wouldn’t be here right now. We fed her steak that day and from now on she gets 2 SMALL meals and a snack…no more people food. Also, her stomach only twisted once, so it was easier to save her because we got her to emergency right away. They can die within 1 hour if left untreated or not noticed. The surgery ranges from $5,000-7,000 and most people cannot afford to get the surgery done no matter how much they love their dog. 🙁 We actually couldn’t afford it either, but found a way! THANK GOD! I really feel that very small meals with something in their bowl to slow their eating down and NO EXERCISE 2 hours BEFORE or AFTER they eat is very important. I was also told that if you realize they have bloat, to give them a Gas-X right away and get them to your vet or emergency vet RIGHT AWAY. Of course, prevention is the key. Unfortunately, sometimes the stomach twists more than once and they cannot be saved… 🙁 I feel the more people know about this and are informed, the more hounds that will be saved.

Bloat (Gastric torsion) The stomach twists and traps gas inside, causing extreme pain. Unless treated quickly, death may result. Avoid exercise after eating. Placing a very large rock in a Basset’s feeding bowl to slow down eating and swallowing air, may help prevent bloat in some cases

Bloat – Bloat is another term used to describe gastric dilatation. It is a life-threatening condition in which a dog’s stomach fills up with swallowed air and then rotates. A dog normally swallows air during exercise or strenuous activity or when a dog swallows food or water. However, the swallowed air should be released through burp or else bloat develops. Bloat may quickly result in death because once the stomach has rotated, the blood supply is cut off and the dog’s condition declines quickly. A swollen belly and non-productive vomiting and retching indicate this disease. Another indications include restlessness, abdominal pain, rapid and shallow breathing and profuse drooling.
This disease can be easily prevented. To prevent bloat from developing, veterinarians recommend dog owners to feed their Basset Hound two to three small meals a day instead of the usual one large meal. Giving water during meals or immediately after feeding is not advisable. After meal, wait for a while before allowing your dog to drink water. Avoiding strenuous activities before and after eating is also recommended.”


Bloat In Dogs:

A Tricky Problem For Dogs:

Stomach Bloat In Dogs:

Dog Owner’s Guide on Bloat:

Gastric Torsion/Bloat:


Notes On Bloat:

CoCo’s first belly up after her bloat surgery:



More Later…Cat, Chaps and Emma


Someone posted a link on the Daily Drool about the signs of bloat and I printed it out and taped it to the inside of my kitchen cabinet for emergencies. I’m not sure if that link was included in your info but it’s called “Quick Reference Guide for GDV.” It lists all the symptoms and what is happening to the dog and what steps you should take. I feel better having it because I know I won’t be thinking clearly if this happens to one of my hounds.




  1. Becky & Lilly's Mom
    April 30th, 2008 | 8:04 pm

    ((((((Devon and CoCo))))))) My sweet Agnes Marie bloated in 2005. I was very fortunate in that I had read all about it on the Daily Drool so I immediately recognized the symptoms and rushed her to the 24 hour emergency vet. 3 hours of surgery and $5,500 later, Agnes recovered. It was a difficult recovery but she lived another year and a half. The vet doesn’t know what caused it but Agnes got 3 small meals of wet food only each day for the rest of her life. Bloat is horrible! I’m so glad CoCo is OK. Please, all basset owners–know the symptoms of bloat (pacing, vomiting with nothing or just froth coming up, hard and distended stomach) and get to the vet AS FAST AS POSSIBLE!!

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  4. Margaret Ledward
    March 25th, 2009 | 7:03 pm

    I must be very lucky so far as we have had Basset Hounds over 40 years and have never experienced Gastric Torsion or Bloat as yet.

    I have read where owners know exactly where to puncture the hound’s side but if we were to do this in the U.K. there would be uproar.

    I have always fed tripe, raw red meat, etc., for one meal and a separate biscuit meal working on the premise that just like humans, the stomach can digest meat on its own much easier than mixing with something else and so far it has worked.

    Unfortunately, our lovely family butcher has retired and we are unable to get the excellent quality meat we had in the past so I am trying a complete for the first time and am keeping my fingers crossed that we do not experience this horrible affliction.


  5. March 26th, 2009 | 6:35 pm

    Thanks for your comments Margaret! I am so glad that you have never had to go through this. I have been lucky like you as well. I have never heard of puncturing a hounds side. That is new to me. I really don’t think that would work. Just rush, rush, rush, to the e-room or to your vet! Nice to hear from you!


  6. Beth
    July 23rd, 2009 | 7:19 pm

    We rescued our first bassett, Truman, in February 2003. When we rescued him, he was tick and flea infested. He needed cleaning up, and we had a vasectomy performed. The vet told us then that he was between 2 and 5 years old.
    Truman died yesterday, after eating a full meal, and becoming restless and bloated. We had never heard of gastric torsion. He died quickly in our arms. We take small comfort that had we tried to get him to the emergency room (a 30-minute drive), he would’ve died on the way,as it only took him about 30 minutes to bloat and die.
    We are devastated. We have another lab mix rescue who is 10 years old, and a cat rescue as well.
    Next time, we will be more aware. In case we find another “Truman.” Truman, our lovely bassett.

  7. Cat
    July 23rd, 2009 | 7:29 pm

    Oh Beth…….Thank you so much for this posting. Your knowledge is so valuable. Thank you so much.

    We love Truman……..He will help others. RIP dear sweet ((((((((((Truman)))))))))).

    Cat, Chaps and Emma

  8. March 14th, 2011 | 8:49 pm

    […] It is with deep sorrow to the basset hound community that I report that one of our Grand Dams has passed at 16 years old. Clara, passed away due to to Bloat, AKA gastric torsion. […]

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  11. January 25th, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    […] Cindy Doyle sent her beloved Rugs over the bridge on January 21, 2013 due to complications from bloat.  I asked her write an obituary and I would post it in the town […]

  12. Sandra
    May 4th, 2015 | 8:29 pm

    We expierence it today , very scary thing to happen.we rushed him in hospital as soon as we notice ballon like lump on his belly.that happened so quick .. So far He survived operation ,but still in big risk ..waiting for news tomorow ..hope He will make it through .. Vet said He would be gone in less than two hours if we wouldnt bring him on time ..
    Please be aware of it ,He stole few slices of pizza and drink large amount of water today ,and few hours later that happened ..

  13. Cat
    May 6th, 2015 | 11:24 am

    It is horrible to go through this with a loved one. So scary for everyone concerned. Thank you so much for checking in and giving us advise. I really appreciate it. Please update us if you can and send of picture of your precious boy.

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