Bloat can affect canines of various breeds including the Shih Tzu. If you’re concerned about your pup developing bloat, give your vet a call to talk more about the illness and what to look for in your Shih Tzu. In general, bloat (also known as Gastric Dilation-Volvulus) is a serious condition that requires immediate treatment. It is an often fatal illness. Bloat occurs when a dog’s stomach fills with gas, food or fluid causing it to expand. The expansion of the stomach can apply pressure on other organs causing blood to stop flowing to the heart and stomach lining. The stomach can expand so much that it causes a tear in the wall and can even cause difficulty breathing. Sometimes the stomach can twist. When this happens blood is stopped from flowing to the heart, which can send your dog into shock. Care from your veterinary clinic South Dade, FL is needed immediately.