Almost 2 years
on and I still recieve
a tremendous volume of mail
from people all asking if and how we can try to protect
our dogs. Well I'm afraid I don't have the answers
you all need and want, that's why we desperately need
MORE RESEARCH into this dreadful condition!
Feed More Safely!
NO exercise 2 hours before feeding
NO exercise 2 hours after feeding
NO water straight before food and again none directly
In this heat just now water needs to be given regularly
if it's not freely available, little and often is best.
***Raised feeders, ah well some go for raising the
feeder others say don't so when I have something a
little more accurate I'll be sure to get it to you***.
DRY KIBBLES MUST BE SOAKED THROUGH!!! Dry must be
completely soaked through especially if the dog is noted
to be a "gassy" dog this one's VERY important.
NEVER soak any food containing citric acid!
Feed 2 to 3 times a day, smaller volumes, dog won't feel
as hungry so hopefully won't gulp either.
If your dog is a gulper slow him down any way you can,
he's taking in extra air when he's gulping and it could
cause big problems.
Supervise feeding times and watch the dog of unusual
behaviour after feeding.
feed a high quality dog food too, know what's in it,
find out if it doesn't tell you on the packaging if it's
"highly digestible" You can always do a kibble
test too, take a cup of kibble and cover it with water,
check at 15 minute intervals to see what happens, I've
done this test myself on many, many foods and I've found
that some are completely moistened after only 15
minutes, some however needed more water and took up to
12 hours to soak through! Of course I can't name
products here but believe me it really is worth taking
the time to do this test, it's also noteable that some
breed specific foods are very highly digestible and
really don't need water adding BUT you still need to
feed regularly and restrict the exercise both before and
One theory of
moistening a dry food first is allowing it to expand
before entering the stomach. However
most accredited sources recommend the avoidance of
feeding low quality commercial diets because they tend
to be more bulky and over a period of time “stretch the
stomach ligament attachments thereby increasing the
possibility of rotation and twisting”. Low quality
diets are also more likely to cause low-grade
inflammation/dysfunction of the digestive system, and
unfortunately one may not expect to see outward
(clinical) signs of a problem.
prone to bloat it is always advisable to feed a diet
which is easily digested to avoid irritation of the
digestive tract and to lessen the likelihood of
bloat. It should not matter then whether you soak
the food or not. Recommended feeding amounts
are that you may feed 20% - 30% less than you would of
other foods. Feeding a lesser volume of food helps
to avoid distension of the stomach.
More to follow
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