Veterinarians continue to study the bloat problem and still have many unanswered questions.
Researchers prepared the following recommendations to help prevent canine bloat. You should discuss these recommendations with your veterinarian.
1. Feed the dogs two or three times daily, rather than once a day, and at times when someone can observe them after they have eaten. I feed a chicken leg at noon and another meat bone source in the evening.
2. Avoid vigorous exercise, excitement and stress one hour before and two hours after feeding. Walking is okay because it helps stimulate normal gastrointestinal function.
3. Feed dogs individually and in a quiet location.
4. Make diet changes gradually over a 3-5 day period.
5. Ensure water is always available but limit the amount immediately after feeding.
6. Watch for any actions or behavior that may signal abdominal discomfort (abdominal fullness, pacing, salivating, whining, getting up and lying down, stretching, looking at abdomen, anxiety and unsuccessful attempts
to vomit, etc.
7. Establish a good relationship with a veterinarian. Discuss emergency procedures, preventative surgery (Gastropexy, circumcostal, tube, incisional)) and overall medical management of your dog.
8. When feeding dry food PLEASE add warm water and let sit for 5 minutes so the food does not absorb liquids in the stomach!
9. Add enzymes to your dogs' meals.