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To the Rescue: Bloat

While it sounds fairly straightforward, bloat has a serious scientific name: gastric torsion. This occurs when a deep-chested dog has a full tum (of food or water) and then engages in vigorous activity or exercise. Pups like this Great Dane have stomachs that are not attached to their ribcages, so when it's heavy and full (the "before"), it can flip around and block the intestinal track (the "after").

How can you prevent this? Find out when you

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Help combat bloat before it happens:

  • Feed multiple, smaller meals throughout the day instead of one large meal.
  • Make sure pets rest for 45 minutes to one hour after eating before any vigorous exercise.
  • If you notice your pup gulps food or water, consider a "slowing bowl" like the Drink Better or DogPause.

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lawchick lawchick 8 years
this is what Marley (in Marley and Me) had, right? I need to get one of those special bowls. We have a big barrel chested dog and he drinks a whole bowl of water in like 30 seconds. It scares me after reading that book.
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