Dog Bloat Survey Seeks Participants

Researchers aim to survey veterinarians and owners of dogs who’ve experienced bloat.

Posted: July 9, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Great DaneTwo researchers have launched an online survey to obtain information relevant to bloat, a condition in which a dog has a distended stomach.

Why bloat happens is not completely understood, but it is thought to be the result of a dog eating or drinking too much at once, eating too quickly, gulping a lot of air while eating or drinking or exercising immediately before or after eating or drinking. Large and deep-chested dogs such as Great Danes and Rottweilers are more often affected, so anatomy and genetics may also play a part.

The literature on bloat points in many directions, which has not brought breeders any closer to a solution, according to researchers Carmen Battaglia, Ph.D., of the American Kennel Club, and Cynthia Otto, D.V.M., of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The aim of this survey, therefore, is to look at conditions that are relevant to the further study of this condition.

The survey is open to veterinarians, dog owners and breeders who have a dog that has had bloat. The survey also asks for information on dogs that haven’t bloated.

As of July 1, more than 2,000 responses had been collected, according to Otto. They hope to have a response rate of 5,000 or more by the anticipated end date of September, she added.

To take the survey, click here. The summary of the results and findings will be posted on the same website in November.


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Lark   Boulder, CO

7/27/2010 9:21:06 PM

As a professional pet sitter who care for a number of deep chested dogs I am very interested in your findings.

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Danielle   Granville, OH

7/14/2010 3:24:35 PM

I'd be interested in the research also on preventitive gastropexy surgery. My veterinarian urged us to have the stomach tacking surgery done on our 1 year old male Doberman last week when he was in for his neuter. I had done my own research and just didn't want to put him thru such an invasive surgery. We are extremely cautious with all our dogs and feed a raw & premium kibble diet. It will be interesting to see this data/research when it comes out.

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Carol   Tehachapi, CA

7/14/2010 9:59:30 AM

Dogs that are bloating, I would have them try a whiff of DigestZen Essential Oils from, or rub a couple drops on your fingers and then rub on the dog's belly. It is natural and safe. Great for humans also! You also may want to try "grain free food." Dogs have a difficult time digesting grains.

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Davina   UK, AL

7/13/2010 11:27:42 PM

I am very interested in the possibility that the type of food and cases of bloat are connected. I don't know if your survey asks this question, but am hoping to do research of my own in the UK to see if there is a connection. Please let me know what you think of this.

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