Due to their size and deep chests Newfs are at risk of developing bloat, a condition that can kill within a very short period. If you suspect your Newf is bloating rush to the closest vet immediately.
Here is a chart of bloat symptoms (click the image to see the large size file.) Learn to recognize the early signs of bloat, and if you suspect your Newf is bloating get emergency veterinary help immediately. All dogs display different symptoms, so if your Newf seems uncomfortable and is acting strangely it is better to be safe than sorry and get to a vet.
One useful tip to help your dog expel excess gas if you suspect bloat is to massage the acupressure point for bloat which helps to stimulate burping. This is not a replacement to seeking immediate veterinary care, but can be done while on your way to the vet.
Dietary risk factors for bloat include:
- Drinking large amounts of water immediately after eating
- Eating a single, large meal daily
- Eating from a raised feeding bowl
- Exercising vigorously on a full stomach
- Gulping down food very quickly
Bloat has been associated with increasing age and having a first-degree relative with a history of Bloat.