We are talking about bloat here https://www.germanshepherds.com/for...-inexperienced-pedigrees-needing-opinion.html but rather than take the OP’s thread too far off topic, may we please talk about bloat prevention here? If you have successfully treated a dog with bloat, what did you do to prevent reoccurrence. What chances did you make after surgery. My dog had an episode with a successful surgery. He is young, he did not have any of the risk factors associated with it other than structure and diet. I feed him dry kibble. He is a Vito progeny. Tacking can keep the stomach from twisting, but tacks can break looses, so the best prevention is to keep it from happening at all. I am looking for a good probitiotic that I can buy fresh in a local store, and so far have not found one. I don’t feed raw because my dog is allergic to chicken. I am hoping we can start a dialogue that will help others to avoid what we went through. At the same time, if it’s genetic, there is no way to avoid that aspect. I have owned many German Shepherds, but have had two males with bloat recently. The only thing they had in common was eating dry kibble. Otherwise, the first was an oversized rescue and we think had an underlying disease, bloat was secondary. He was 13.