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STOMACH BLOAT

After the recent loss of Marcel, regular reports of stomach bloat and the lack of widespread knowledge of this problem, it seemed important to make information available. 

BLOAT IS THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF CANINE DEATH AFTER CANCER.

Here are eight web sites that explain the problem.  Much material is repeated, but it's better to err on excess.  It is recommended that you read at least the first four and talk with your vet the next time you visit or sooner if you believe your dog is at higher risk. 

Risk factors are listed clearly in Site 1 which also includes consideration of premptive prophylactic surgery for high-risk dogs.  It advises using "wet" food for such dogs and that, if you use dry food, it contain a calcium-rich meat meal (such as meat/lamb meal, fish meal, chicken by-product meal, meat meal, or bone meal) listed in the first four ingredients of the ingredient list.

The cause of bloat isnt clear, but it may have to do with dogs gulping air when they eat too fast or get excited.

Two things that appear in most of these sites are:  the dangers of using highly elevated water bowls and the increased susceptibility of large-chested dogs. 

The breeds that are more prone to getting bloat are the Rottweiler, Weimaraner, Great Dane, Doberman Pinscher, Old English Sheepdog, Great Pyrenees, Irish Setters, Standard Poodles and other deep-chested breeds and mixes.  

 

> 1. THE PET HEALTH LIBRARY

Please read the "tips and warnings" in number 2.

> 2. How to Prevent Bloat in Dogs

Please read the "Be prepared! Know in advance what you would do if your dog bloated." in number 3.

> 3. Bloat in Dogs

> 4. Bloat: Killer of Dogs

> 5. Jeff Feinman, VMD

> 6. Dog Owner's Guide: Bloat

> 7. VET INFO - bloat & torsion

 The Yahoo answer posted earlier was too unstable and has been replaced with this site. If it can be made to consistently work, it will be restored.

> 8. Love of Breeds