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To help avoid bloat............................

How long do you wait before and after exercise to feed your GSD?

I don't feed Lola and Harry for about 2 hours before and after exercise.

Have always done this and have never had a dog experience bloat.


if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.


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at least an hour, but I wait 2, also water intake should be done the same way

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Exactly what Ken k said. I still worry about bloat though. Even using every precaution it can happen, and that scares the heck out of me.

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At what age does this become a possible issue? Zoe eats 3 times a day and is always running and jumping an zooming.

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Hour before and after - meals at 6 am and 7 pm.

With Woolf being a nervous dog (to say the least ) we are pretty strict about keeping to this routine.
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I would suggest right from puppies, if you are feeding 3 times a day, I would feed straight after waking up from a sleep and after toilet, crate or have puppy resting or not moving too much for at least 1 hour after eating.

It is good to teach them right from very young that they are to rest before and after eating.

Resting before and after eating for dogs susceptible to bloat such as GSDs will help not develop bloat for most, however some dogs will be prone to bloat regardless, unfortunately.


if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.


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So far as has been documented -- It isn't an issue. Just one of the erroneous things like not swimming for an hour after you eat. Nothing to it. If I waited an hour or more before excercising my dogs they would either starve or never get any excercise...
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So far as has been documented -- It isn't an issue. Just one of the erroneous things like not swimming for an hour after you eat. Nothing to it. If I waited an hour or more before excercising my dogs they would either starve or never get any excercise...
I've always gone by the thought that feeding immediately after excessive exercise or excitement, or exercise just after feeding can increase the chance of bloat and that dogs that are allowed to run after a meal are at a much higher risk of the stomach or spleen swinging around and twisting, thereby causing bloat.

Can you show me documentation otherwise?


if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.


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I've always gone by the thought that feeding immediately after excessive exercise or excitement, or exercise just after feeding can increase the chance of bloat and that dogs that are allowed to run after a meal are at a much higher risk of the stomach or spleen swinging around and twisting, thereby causing bloat.

Can you show me documentation otherwise?
My policy also! Better safe than sorry, I adjust my schedule around my dogs.
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Same here Chip

I've never had a dog get bloat but have friends that have and it was really frightening and expensive for them.


if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.


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