Helping colossal canines beat bloat

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: August 1st, 2014
Category: Animal Airwaves
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If you like your hounds on the hulky side, you should know about bloat — the number one killer of certain large-breed dogs.

Bloat develops when excess food, water or gas fills a dog’s stomach, causing it to twist. Blockage of the stomach’s contents and blood supply results in a rapidly deteriorating health.

Some risk factors for bloat are beyond your control, but others can be avoided. Before deciding on a large-breed pooch, do your homework. Steer clear of canine family trees with known cases of bloat. Once your hound is home, offer several small meals instead of a big one each day, preferably using a blend of wet and dry food. Feed your buddy alone in a quiet, calm area. And before and after meals, limit water intake, stress and activity.

Stay a step ahead of bloat and keep your colossal canine sitting pretty.