Bloat (GDV)

Gastric dilatation, commonly known as bloat, is a rapidly progressing and devastating condition that can develop in several different breeds of dogs. The condition is initiated when the stomach dilates and food and gas cannot be expelled. As the stomach dilates and expands, the pressure in the stomach begins to increase, causing inadequate blood return to the heart from the abdomen, loss of blood flow to the lining of the stomach, and rupture of the stomach wall. In some cases the stomach can become dilated enough to rotate in the abdomen, a condition called volvulus. The rotation can lead to blockage of the blood supply to the spleen and the stomach wall, and without immediate surgical correction of volvulus and removal of the dead tissues the patient can die.


Research funded through the Bloat Initiative aims to establish the causes and pre-dispositions for gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), or bloat.


01935-B: Abnormalities in the Stomach's Ability to Contract Predisposes Large-Breed Dogs to Bloat
Principal Investigator: Dr. Laura L. Nelson, D.V.M.; Michigan State University
Total Grant Amount: $233,774; Grant Period: January 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017

01937-B: Evaluating the Complex Genetic Basis of Bloat
Principal Investigator: Dr. Claire Rebecca Sharp, BVMS; Tufts University
Total Grant Amount: $251,097; Grant Period: January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2016


CHF is excited to offer a free educational webinar "Bloat: What Every Dog Owner Needs to Know" with Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski. In the webinar, Dr. Rozanski explains what every dog owner needs to know about gastric dilatation-volvulus, or bloat. She presents the signs and treatment options for bloat along with current options for prevention.

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The Foundation also plans to provide continuing education for veterinarians showing surgical procedures used for prevention - gastropexy during spay/neuter.

Bloat Initiative Sponsors

Champion Sponsors ($50,000+):

Collie Health Foundation

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Irish Setter Club of America Foundation Saint Bernard Club of America

Lead Sponsors ($25,000 - $49,999):

Basset Hound Club of America
German Shepherd Dog Club of America
Newfoundland Club of America Charitable Trust

Charter Sponsors ($10,000 - $24,999):

Akita Club of America
American Black & Tan Coonhound Club
American German Shepherd Dog Charitable Foundation
Briard Club of America Health and Education Trust
Doberman Pinscher Club of America
Gordon Setter Club of America
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
Weimaraner Club of America

Bloat Sponsors ($2,500 - $9,999):

American Bloodhound Club
American Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club
Borzoi Club of America
Delaware County Kennel Club 
English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association
English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association Foundation
Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation
Forsyth Kennel Club
German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America
Great Pyrenees Club of America
Irish Wolfhound Club of America
Kuvasz Fanciers of America
Poodle Club of America Foundation
Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States
Scottish Deerhound Club of America
TarTan Gordon Setter Club
Versatility in Poodles

For information about how to become a sponsor contact  Or make an immediate donation of any amount to the Bloat Initiative.

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