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Weimaraner Health - Bloat Prevention

Some of the advice in the links below for reducing the chances of bloat are:

  Avoid highly stressful situations. If you can't avoid them, try to minimize the stress as
   much as possible. Be extra watchful.
  Do not use an elevated food bowl
  Do not exercise for several hours (e.g., 2 or 3) before and especially after eating
  Particularly don't permit your dog to roll over, which could cause the stomach to twist
  Do not permit rapid eating
  Feed 2 or 3 meals daily, instead of just one
  Do not give water one hour before or after a meal.  It dilutes the gastric juices necessary
   for proper digestion, which leads to gas production.
  Always keep a product with simethicone (e.g., Mylanta Gas (not regular Mylanta),
   Phazyme, Gas-X, etc.) on hand to treat gas symptoms.
  Some recommend giving your dog simethicone immediately if your dog burps more than
   once or shows other signs of gas.  Some report relief of gas symptoms with 1/2 tsp of
   nutmeg or the homeopathic remedy Nux moschata 30.
  Allow access to fresh water at all times, except before and after meals
  Make meals a peaceful, stress-free time
  When switching dog food, do so gradually (allow several weeks)
  Do not feed dry food exclusively
  Feed a high-protein (>30%) diet, particularly of raw meat
  If feeding dry food, avoid foods that contain fat as one of the first four ingredients
  If feeding dry foods, avoid foods that contain citric acid
  If you must use a dry food containing citric acid, do not pre-moisten the food
  If feeding dry food, select one that includes rendered meat meal with bone product among
   the first four ingredients
  Reduce carbohydrates as much as possible (e.g., typical in many commercial dog
  Feed a high-quality diet
  Whole, unprocessed foods are especially beneficial
  Feed adequate amount of fiber (for commercial dog food, at least 3.00% crude fiber)
  Add an enzyme product to food (e.g., Prozyme)
  Include herbs specially mixed for pets that reduce gas (e.g., N.R. Special Blend)
  Avoid brewer's yeast, alfalfa, and soybean products
  Promote an acidic environment in the intestine.  Some recommend 1-2 Tbs of Aloe Vera
   Gel or 1 Tbs of apple cider vinegar given right after each meal.
  Promote "friendly" bacteria in the intestine, e.g. from yogurt or supplemental acidophilus.
  Avoid fermentation of carbohydrates, which can cause gas quickly. This is especially a
   concern when antibiotics are given since they tend to reduce levels of "friendly" bacteria.

And perhaps most importantly, know your dog well so you'll know when your  dog just isn't acting normally.


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