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Old 04-09-2014, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I saw a story about a dog with bloat and read that it can be common in certain breeds of dogs more than others. I read up on it, and now that I have worried myself crazy about my dog ever getting it, I was just wondering if anyone knew more about things to do to try and prevent it? I have read a few things like not letting your pup drink lots of water right after eating, no rigorous activity right after eating, etc. Is there anything like feeding wet vs dry food that would help the air intake be less? I know I probably sounds crazy but I'd rather be over cautious when it comes to something like that , any advice would be much appreciated!
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I saw a story about a dog with bloat and read that it can be common in certain breeds of dogs more than others. I read up on it, and now that I have worried myself crazy about my dog ever getting it, I was just wondering if anyone knew more about things to do to try and prevent it? I have read a few things like not letting your pup drink lots of water right after eating, no rigorous activity right after eating, etc. I know I probably sounds crazy but I'd rather be over cautious when it comes to something like that , any advice would be much appreciated!
Feeding your dog smaller meals 2-3 times a day rather than one large meal a day, moistening dry food in water, letting it absorb the water before feeding, feeding with elevated food bowls. The big one you know already, don't allow vigorous activity for at least an hour after feeding.
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I read about gastropexy and was wondering if you all would recommend it? And what age is good to get the surgery done at? She is 9 months and already spayed.

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There's a surgical procedure, gastropexy (surgical attachment of stomach to the body wall), which while it doesn't prevent bloat, it does prevent torsion which is what is what is most often fatal.
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How does her family history look? How is her temperament? It appears that one of the biggest risk factors, apart from age & family history, is a dog that's anxious & easily stressed.

I have a friend who's had ~20 IWs through the years, Her dogs gets the gastropexy only if they otherwise have major surgery, hence only 1 or 2 have had it. Her 1st IW died of GDV when he was almost 10. Another bloated 2-3 times, but never twisted (he'd never had the gastropexy). He was an anxious & easily stressed guy. None of her others have had any trouble but only one stresses easily (& I'm not sure she hasn't bloated, but she's never twisted & hasn't had a gastropexy).
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How does her family history look? How is her temperament? It appears that one of the biggest risk factors, apart from age & family history, is a dog that's anxious & easily stressed.

I have a friend who's had ~20 IWs through the years, Her dogs gets the gastropexy only if they otherwise have major surgery, hence only 1 or 2 have had it. Her 1st IW died of GDV when he was almost 10. Another bloated 2-3 times, but never twisted (he'd never had the gastropexy). He was an anxious & easily stressed guy. None of her others have had any trouble but only one stresses easily (& I'm not sure she hasn't bloated, but she's never twisted & hasn't had a gastropexy).
Not sure about the family history, she is my first GsD (living on my own, had grown up with several) I probably will email the breeder and find out though. I would say she has a medium temperment, doesn't seem to get stressed or anxious much. She has had a broken leg in the past and will need to go in for one last surgery on it in about 6 months. I am wondering if it would be a good time to do it then, since she'll be under anesthesia and the leg surgery should only take about 30 minutes, although I don't want her under for too long. Just learning about GdV thought freaks me out enough it might be worth the peace of mind.
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There is a lot of controversy regarding preventive measures. The only consistent ones are no excersise for 1-2 hours before and after feeding, and smaller frequent meals, and slowing a dog down when eating.

Purdue did a study years back, that showed no correlation between raised food bowls and bloat. But had weird recommendations regarding wetting the food. I think they said not to. When I get back to my PC, I will try to find it.

I have one dog that is pexied. We fight a constant battle with bloat. No family history. I recommend getting it done when they are spayed. Don't know that I would do it on it's own again.


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Is bloat the only thing that causes GDV? And is a gastroplexy pretty much guaranteed to prevent it?
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I think the only thing the gastroplexy helps with is stomach torsion, not bloat.

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Yep, sorry should have written it different. It seems that torsion is what is life threatening, so if the gastropexy would prevent that then it might be worth it.

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