The Scary Great Dane Bloat Timeline

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Did you know that Great Danes are one of the dog breeds that are most prone to bloat? The Great Dane bloat timeline, from the time a dog gets sick through the time that they may die, is very short.

Bloat is a serious condition that can kill dogs within hours. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms and to know what to do if your dog starts showing signs of bloat.

In this blog post, we will discuss the Great Dane bloat timeline. Bloat happens quickly and needs to be considered an emergency no matter what.

If you are worried that your Great Dane might be bloating, it is important that you seek veterinary care immediately.



Here is a basic timeline of what bloat can look like for a Great Dane:

– The initial signs of bloat can be subtle. Your Great Dane may whine or act a little nervous with no known reason.

– If bloat is happening, the symptoms will continue to worsen, and your dog may begin to appear restless and uncomfortable.

-This can quickly progress to the dog visibly becoming bloated and beginning to drool, pant, and attempt to vomit.

-Great Danes can die within a few hours of showing the symptoms of bloat. This is especially true if treatment for the symptoms of bloat is not sought immediately.

If your Great Dane had a Gastropexy (stomach tack), bloat can still happen! If you see any signs or symptoms of bloat, seek emergency veterinary care.



The most common symptoms of bloat include:

  • A distended abdomen
  • Restlessness and pacing
  • Panting
  • Drooling
  • Retching without producing vomit
  • Collapse

Your veterinarian will take x-rays to confirm that bloat is happening. The treatment for bloat can range from $500 – $10,000, depending on your location, veterinarian and complications.

To treat bloat, the veterinarian will often begin by decompressing the stomach to release the pressure of gas, fluid and air. If the stomach has rotated (torsion), surgery may be necessary to put it back in place. Organ damage is common with torsion.



Many Great Danes will survive bloat if it is caught and treated early. Gastropexy can help buy you more time to get to the veterinarian if bloat occurs.

Left untreated, bloat can be fatal within just hours. This is true, even if you have attempted to ‘prevent’ bloat with common preventative advice and gastropexy.

Great Danes that experience bloat are more likely to experience it again. Bloat is believed to have genetic links; check with your breeder and ask about the history of bloat in your dog’s lineage.

Bloat is not preventable. There are things you can do to lower risk, however the most important thing is understanding the risks and the signs.




The information contained on this page is for informational purposes only. We do our best to present the most up-to-date research, however it is up to the reader to make decisions regarding the health and well-being of their dog. We make no claims here to prevent or treat bloat, Panosteitis, DCM or any other condition related to Great Danes. Find a veterinarian with GIANT breed experience, and chat with them. 

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