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Old 07-11-2014, 09:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We have heard a couple horror stories about GSD pup's stomachs flipping and it killing them from either exercising too much before/after eating or letting them drink a lot of water after eating since the kibble expands in their stomach.

I have a couple questions i'd like to get some feedback on:

1. Do i need to limit exercise before/after eating? If so, for how long?
2. Do i need to limit water intake before/after eating?

Our pup is 10 weeks old and we have been feeding him 1.25-1.5 cups once in the morning and then again at night. However, starting today i am going to switch this up to 1.25 cups in the AM, half cup at lunch, 1.25 cups for dinner. We have our first vet appt. next week for him to get his second round of puppy shots so hopefully the vet can let us know if his weight is good and how much we should be feeding him.

Our breeder said you should be able to feel his ribs but not see them, and he should have a waistline. We are a little concerned because sometimes you can see his ribs a little bit (sometimes he sort of sucks his stomach in when eating/drinking and this is when they are somewhat visible) but in other body positions you don't see his ribs at all. He also has a defined waist line. Attached is a pic of him from Monday (7/7/14) but its not the best angle. He is a little ball of energy so i don't think he's severely lacking food or he would be lazy all the time. Do you think we are feeding him enough?
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We have heard a couple horror stories about GSD pup's stomachs flipping and it killing them from either exercising too much before/after eating or letting them drink a lot of water after eating since the kibble expands in their stomach.

I have a couple questions i'd like to get some feedback on:

1. Do i need to limit exercise before/after eating? If so, for how long?
2. Do i need to limit water intake before/after eating?

Our pup is 10 weeks old and we have been feeding him 1.25-1.5 cups once in the morning and then again at night. However, starting today i am going to switch this up to 1.25 cups in the AM, half cup at lunch, 1.25 cups for dinner. We have our first vet appt. next week for him to get his second round of puppy shots so hopefully the vet can let us know if his weight is good and how much we should be feeding him.

Our breeder said you should be able to feel his ribs but not see them, and he should have a waistline. We are a little concerned because sometimes you can see his ribs a little bit (sometimes he sort of sucks his stomach in when eating/drinking and this is when they are somewhat visible) but in other body positions you don't see his ribs at all. He also has a defined waist line. Attached is a pic of him from Monday (7/7/14) but its not the best angle. He is a little ball of energy so i don't think he's severely lacking food or he would be lazy all the time. Do you think we are feeding him enough?
Good question and im looking forward to hear the answer too hahha.. adorable puppy btw
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I always waited an hour before and after feeding to do any ball throwing, structured exercise. Now at almost a year and a half..it's kind of hard to limit activity -- I do NO exercise after eating but when we go for our long walk at night she usually wants a light snack ( kibble)
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No proof on this at all. If I limited excersice before and after eating, we wouldn't get anything done ever. (This is kinda like the old myth that if you swam within an hour of eating you would get cramps. MYTH)
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I've never had trouble with exercise without waiting after feeding, knock on wood. But I'm also a big free feeder, so that may have some effect on everything.

I personally have not known of a dog dieing from this.

Your pup looks happy and healthy, try to maintain that slim figure he has going on. It'll protect his joint health as he shoots up like a weed in the next few months/weeks. Enjoy your little shark
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I limit hard exercise before (about 30 minutes-1 hour) and after (2 hours) feeding.

I only limit water right after hard exercise

I always soak the food in water for about 30 minutes before feeding.
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Many many many years ago I lost a dog to bloat. His stomach flipped and he died. I always make sure to feed lesser amounts a couple of times a day and no exercising after meals.
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I watch my dogs. If they have been running hard, I'll wait till they are not panting hard with tongue rolling before I feed them. I'll let them calm down. I don't watch the clock, I watch my dogs.

I limit exercise after they've eaten for about an hour. When they are working hard I'll limit water. I don't withhold water, but I'll limit it. They normally only want a few laps and then get back to work. If during hard work my dog expresses the need for more water, I'll make him rest and then water him more. Because it gets so hot and humid here, the object is to drink smalll quanities often and not a single greater amount.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I wait two hours after feeding. I wait an hour after some moderate exercise to feed. I limit how much water right after hard exercise, I generally walk around calmly for a cooling off when I work them hard before I give them any water. I know the theory changes all the time about the causes of bloat, but I'm careful about these things anyway.
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Thanks for all the replies so far. I typically soak his food in hot water in the morning, and at dinner he gets about a cup in his kong wobbler (to slow him down because he inhales the food if i give him the whole bowl) and the remainder i put in his bowl and soak in hot water until he is done eating the kibble from the wobbler.

Is this something you need to watch out for the entire life of the dog or just when they are a pup? Are there any warning signs to watch out for?
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