German Shepherd Dog > How hereditory is bloat? (10 replies)
How hereditory is bloat?
by HighDesertGSD on 29 March 2011 - 17:23
In the scale of 1-10, 10 being most strongly hereditory, how would you place bloat for the GSD?
I am thinking about using a stud dog whose sire suffered from it.
by Red Sable on 29 March 2011 - 17:27
I wouldn't use him, personally.
by gsdland on 29 March 2011 - 17:40
I have to agree..10
I knew a women who bred mastiffs, her bitchs sire bloated and died, she bloated twice and her one and only litter of 11 pups, 7 suffered bloat at some point in their lives. The sire of the litter never bloated. I would not breed a dog that has bloated, jmo.
by HighDesertGSD on 29 March 2011 - 18:04
I once wanted to use the sire for stud for my (now) older girl, but learnt that he had had bloat and recovered.
I shunned him, but now one of his sons is turning out great.
by Vikram on 29 March 2011 - 18:10
its all about genes.
by kathryn Brennan Hennigan on 30 March 2011 - 08:29
|Read my article on Bloat/Gastric Torsion. Its on my website under Health Issues. www.karlsruhegsd.com|
Hope it is of some benefit to you.
by ronin on 30 March 2011 - 09:47
Genetics do play a major part, but have a read of this link to get a full picture.
by Rik on 30 March 2011 - 12:23
|10, and it's a gift that keeps on giving. Don't do it if you have long term plans.|
by Jenni78 on 30 March 2011 - 13:37
|Agree w/everyone else. While there are some circumstances in which I may partially excuse it, I believe it is hereditary in many ways that we don't fully understand and would not risk breeding a dog who had a parent bloat.|
by troublelinx on 30 March 2011 - 20:55
None of mine ever bloated.
I thought it was more of the breed as a whole when exposed to a certain chain of events.
Correct me if i am wrong
I thoght bloat could possibly happen if you fed or watered after they were active
by kathryn Brennan Hennigan on 31 March 2011 - 20:53
|There are many causes of bloat/gastric torsion, including inheriting a predisposition to bloat. Bloat usually leads to torsion(twist) but torsion can occur without bloat.|
Dogs with bloat are nearly always between four and seven years of age. Two-thirds are male.
It rarely occurs in small breeds, and usually affects large breed dogs with deep chests.
The most obvious signs are abdominal distension (swollen stomach), and non-productive vommiting and retching. Immediate Veterinary attention is essential.
Causes include Stress, aggression, eating dry food that contains citric acid as a preservative. If the meal contains citric acid, do not pre-moisten food.
Grain should not be the first ingredient in kibble. Beet pulp, added as a filler is another cause of bloat as is Soya. Beet pulp slows down digestion and allows fermentation to take place, and may also cause dietary intolerance.
Foods containing an increased amount of added oils or fats increase the risk, due to delayed emptying of the stomach. Fat should not be among the first four ingredients in the dogs kibble.
Excess Calcium is another known cause.
Avoid Brewers yeast, alfalfa and soybean products.
Never permit excessive, rapid drinking , especially directly after exercise. Never permit rapid gulping of food, nor exercise after feeding. Drinking too much water before or after eating dilutes gastric juices.
There are also many preventative measures dog owners can take to lessen the likelihood of bloat.eg. adding the digestive enzyme Prozyme to food, Including natural probiotic yogurt in the dogs food, feeding dry kibble semi-moist, feeding in a calm and relaxed atmosphere, feed fresh/raw fruits and vegetables up to 4 times a week eg. apples, carrots.
If your dogs eats very fast, place a large stone in his dish, to slow him down.
Avoid high carbhydrates, high grain meals.
Always keep a product with Simethicone on hand. eg. Infacol (baby colic drops) Imogas, Phayzme. If there is any sign of bloat, these can reduce or slow down the gas buildup.
There is more information from an article http://www.karlsruhegsd.com/gastric-torsion.html on my website, click on health issues.