Dog Bloat Research Initiative

The American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation seeks applications for $250,000 grants to promote research into fatal bloat condition.

Posted: Jan 16, 2013, 8 a.m. EST

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dog health and researchGastric dilatation – volvulus, or bloat -- is a devastating condition that can develop in any dog, although it is particularly common in large-breed and deep-chested dogs. Bloat develops when the stomach fills with air and then twists on itself, preventing air and liquid from leaving the stomach. Over time, the stomach gets larger and larger. This cuts off circulation and prevents blood from getting back to the heart from the rest of the abdomen and the rear legs. The stomach wall itself can also be severely damaged from loss of blood flow as can the spleen. Bloat requires immediate stabilization and prompt surgical correction, and may still be fatal in some severely affected dogs.

Researchers with an interest in gastrointestinal physiology are encouraged to apply for this grant. Letters of intent from researchers seeking funding are due on March 18, 2013. For more information, click here.

“Bloat is devastating for dog owners when it occurs. Through this major funding effort, researchers, for the first time, will have the resources they need to work towards establishing the causes and pre-dispositions for bloat,” says Dr. Shila Nordone, Chief Scientific Officer of CHF. “Once we understand why bloat occurs we will have better treatment options and possibly be able to prevent the syndrome from occurring in the first place.”

To help educate dog owners about bloat, CHF will launch a free webinar in mid-2013 describing possible causes of bloat, susceptible breeds, symptoms, medical intervention, and explanation of research needed. “Because bloat progresses so rapidly, part of our focus is on educating the public on the signs and symptoms to look for if they suspect their dog may have bloat,” said Nordone. The Foundation will also provide continuing education for veterinarians showing surgical procedures used for prevention during spay and neuter.

Sponsors of the initiative include:

Champion Sponsors ($50,000+)
Collie Health Foundation
Irish Setter Club of America Foundation

Lead Sponsors ($25,000 - $49,999)
Basset Hound Club of America
German Shepherd Dog Club of America

Charter Sponsors ($10,000 - $24,999)
American Black & Tan Coonhound Club
American German Shepherd Dog Charitable Foundation
Briard Club of America Health and Education Trust
Gordon Setter Club of America
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America
Weimaraner Club of America

Bloat Initiative Sponsors ($2,500 - $9,999)
American Bloodhound Club
English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association
English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association Foundation
Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation
TarTan Gordon Setter Club
Versatility in Poodles

For more information about bloat or to donate to the effort, click here.

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liantsim   Waterloo, IA

2/11/2013 4:39:29 AM

Very encouraging to hear this is being researched.

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skiw9748   Hartford, AL

1/23/2013 9:53:27 AM

Interesting !

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Vicki   Elkins, West Virginia

1/22/2013 1:49:11 PM

my dog died a horrible death from Bloat. Not because we did not recognize it, because the on call vet in this semi rural area did not call us back and we had to drive 2 hours for vet care. Horrible way for a best friend to die. he was a Shih Tzu by the way.

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