Bloat (gastric dilation)
Gastric dilation, or as it is often known, bloat is a very serious condition mainly affecting large breed dogs with a deep chest. Dogs with bloat are restless and unable to settle, they may drool saliva and vomit frothy foam. If you suspect that your dog has bloat you should call your veterinarian or emergency service at once. Time is of the essence (bloat can kill in less than an hour). Your veterinarian will want to see your dog immediately but try not to turn up at the practice unannounced if you call ahead they will be ready for you when you arrive.