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Reducing The Chances of Bloat

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. Can be brought on by visits to the vet, dog shows, mating, whelping, boarding, new dog in household, change in routine, etc.
  • Do not use an elevated food bowl
  • Do not exercise for at least an hour (longer if possible) before and especially after eating Particularly avoid vigorous exercise and don’t permit your dog to roll over, which could cause the stomach to twist.
  • Do not permit rapid eating bullet 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 3.
  • 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 biscuits).
  • 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) bullet. 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 “probiotics” such as supplemental acidophilus. Avoids fermentation of carbohydrates, which can cause gas quickly. This is especially a concern when antibiotics are given since antibiotics tend to reduce levels of “friendly” bacteria. [Note: Probiotics should be given at least 2-4 hours apart from antibiotics so they won’t be destroyed.]
  • Don’t permit excessive, rapid drinking Especially a consideration on hot days.
  • And perhaps most importantly, know your dog well so you’ll know when your dog just isn’t acting normally.

Taken from: globalspan.net


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