Bloat and gastric torsion is a serious condition and your pet should be rushed to the emergency room if this occurs. This occurs when the stomach twists on its supporting ligaments and the contents begin to release gas pressure. Dogs who experience such an attack are very susceptible to another attach which is usually more severe. Immediate veterinary care is needed, normally requiring abdominal surgery to prevent a recurrence. Most common in dogs, a similar disease is seen in cattle and horses, as well.