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07-11-2014 03:40 PM
llombardo I wait about an hour before and after exercise for food. Instead of filling a bowl with water and having them gulp it down I give them ice cubes.
07-11-2014 03:37 PM
jocoyn Much more concerned about a dog bloating as he ages than as a young dog. As the stomach muscles weaken. Keeping meals small is one way. Not sure hot water is necessary to hydrate the food.
07-11-2014 02:40 PM
odins_raven 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?
07-11-2014 02:14 PM
Steve Strom 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.
07-11-2014 02:04 PM
Lilie 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.
07-11-2014 11:47 AM
shepherdmom 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.
07-11-2014 11:38 AM
jocoyn 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.
07-11-2014 10:43 AM
ApselBear 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
07-11-2014 10:34 AM
middleofnowhere 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)
07-11-2014 10:18 AM
lyssa62 I always waited an hour before and after feeding to do any ball throwing, structured exercise. Now at almost a year and a'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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