Neko, Dr. Dye’s rescued GWP

No Time To Spare — Recognizing and Preventing Canine Bloat

The most important aspect of this condition is prevention, awareness, and early recognition.

Cause and Progression of Bloat

Progression of GVD

Risk Factors for Bloat

· Breed/size:

  1. Great Dane
  2. St. Bernard
  3. Weimaraner

· Age (risk increases with age)

· First Degree Relative that has had this issue

· Genetics

· Sex

Symptoms of Bloat

Common change in body stance of dog

If a dog is retching and not bringing up anything other than saliva, go to the veterinarian ASAP if there is any possibility of bloat!

Diagnosis and Treatment of Bloat

Stomach sutured to the abdominal wall


  1. Tacking the stomach prophylactically, may be done at the time of spay/neuter or with a laparoscope
  2. Feeding at least twice per day
  3. Feeding >30 mm kibble or larger pieces of meat
  4. Slowing down dog’s eating using slow feed bowls or food puzzles
  5. AVOID feeding from a raised feeder (well-researched that a raised feeder INCREASES risk 110%)

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