I had an issue with bloat on Saturday night, Mixed breed female 1 years old...Called my vet left a message, called the emergency clinic they left as a number, same story, used Gas X and began patting her belly and her sides and back, made a run to walgreens with her and picked up some activated charcoal, began the process of patting her belly and sides, she began burping and passing gas, the following morning she was completely back to normal in appearance, I fed her some chicken broth and half of a can of dog food, she ate, and went to the bathroom, passing stools and urinating she seems much better, but still is not feeling great. I am in the process of finding a new Vet to take her to see and get her checked, thank you for your post. it may have very well saved her life.
For many years of having dogs, I have encountered, from time to time, the symptoms of bloating and discomfort in my dogs after they have been eating other animals' feces (I presume) or some other un-nameables. When I notice this discomfort, I immediately give two or more capsules of activated charcoal to my dog. This works very well. Sometimes I may give 3 capsules now and another dose later. Then, the only thing to be concerned about is if they would get constipation from too much charcoal. That has never happened that I know of but I know that is something to be aware of.
i wonder if anyone has tried this with cattle. I once treated a calf with bloat. There was no charcoal so we just burned toast and scraped it to crumbs and gave it to the calf. However, I also applied some Jin Shin Jyutsu for indigestion, so, when the calf recovered, we did not know if it was one or the other treatment, or both, that had helped the calf, or if the calf just recovered on its own. If anyone has input about bloat in calves, and treatment with charcoal, I would be very grateful to hear it. (A family member owns cattle). Thank you.