Phil & Heidi Warren
3212 Vance Road
Monkton, Maryland 21111
Weimaraner Health - Bloat Causes
According to the link below, it is thought that the following may be the primary contributors to bloat. To calculate a dog's lifetime risk of bloat according to Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine, click here.
- Dog shows, mating, whelping, boarding, change in routine, new dog in household, etc.
Although purely anecdotal, we've heard of too many cases where a dog bloated after a 3rd dog was brought into the household (perhaps due to stress regarding pack order).
- Activities that result in gulping air
- Eating habits, especially...
- Elevated food bowls
- Rapid eating
- Eating dry foods that contain citric acid as a preservative (the risk is even worse if the owner moistens the food)
- Eating dry foods that contain fat among the first four ingredients
- Insufficient Trypsin (a pancreatic enzyme present in meat)
- Dilution of gastric juices necessary for complete digestion by drinking too much water before or after eating
- Eating gas-producing foods (especially soybean products, brewer's yeast, and alfalfa)
- Exercise before and especially after eating
- Heredity (especially having a first-degree relative who has bloated)
- Build & Physical Characteristics
- Having a deep and narrow chest compared to other dogs of the same breed
- Older dogs
- Being underweight
- Fearful or anxious temperament
- Prone to stress
- History of aggression toward other dogs or people
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