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Thursday, May 7, 2009


Bloat can be extremely dangerous and often requires quick thinking if it occurs. It is more common in deep chested dogs such as Great Danes, Weimeraners and Mastiffs. Referred to as a Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV), it occurs when the stomach blows up like a balloon and twists.

Dietary risk factors include:
• small food particles,
• presence of oil or fat amongst the first four ingredients in dry food,
• large amount of food fed once daily,
• feeding from an elevated bowl,
• eating quickly or gulping air.

How to prevent Bloat:
• Watch for early signs such as retching, enlarged belly, restlessness, difficulty
• Feed smaller meals rather than one big meal
• Avoid exercise immediately after meals
• Avoid sudden diet changes

Seek veterinary attention immediately if you think your dog has bloat.

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