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Life Threatining- Is Your Dog At Risk For Bloat?


BY PetPlace.com

Did you know that “Bloat” is a deadly condition? Some breeds or some dog body confirmations have a higher risk.

The medical term for bloat is “Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus”, also known as GDV or gastric torsion.  It is a condition caused by abnormal dilatation and twisting of the stomach. “Bloat” is initiated by abnormal accumulation of air, fluid or foam in the stomach (gastric dilatation).

I mentioned that I have been spending some time in veterinary emergency rooms and this is a common condition seen there. The other night I was at the clinic and a dog came in with bloat. “Barney” was a 9-year-old mixed breed dog (mostly Irish setter from what I could tell). He was a sweet dog and you could immediately tell he was suffering.  He was spacing, restless, very painful and he kept trying to vomit. When the stomach is twisted – they “try” to vomit but can’t.

Bloat is the number-one cause of death for several large and giant breeds. It is a life-threatening disorder and if left untreated, results in death.

Is your dog at risk?

Dr. Larry Glickman, an epidemiologist at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, conducted a study on canine bloat, where he followed over 1,900 dogs to help identify risk factors. Risk factors include:

•  The dogs with the greatest risk of developing bloat have deep narrow chests.
•  The risk of bloat is slightly higher in males than females.
•  Lean dogs were also found to be at higher risk for developing bloat than overweight dogs.
•  Older dogs are at a higher risk.
•  Dogs with relatives that have developed bloat are at higher risk.
•  Fast eaters are at higher risk for developing bloat. Many believe this is due to increased swallowing of air when eating fast.
•  Elevated food bowls have been shown to increase the risk of bloat.
•  Dogs with nervous, fearful, or aggressive personalities have a higher incidence of bloat.
•  Stress, such as that occurs during kenneling, is an important precipitating factor.
•  Dogs fed dry food only or fed one large daily meal where at a higher risk for bloat.
•  Dogs fed foods in which an oil or fat ingredient, such as sunflower oil or animal fat, were listed among the first four ingredients.
•  Most cases of bloat occur after 6 pm.

Learn if your dog is at risk and how to prevent it. If your dog shows any signs of bloat – it is an emergency and you should see your veterinarian immediately. If you want to know more about risk factors and what you can do to prevent bloat – to go http://www.Petplace.com and search for “bloat”.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon


May 12, 2008 - Posted by | K9 Health

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