1252: A Prospective Study of Morphometric, Genetic & Dietary Risk Factors for Bloat in Dogs
Grant Status: Closed
Project SummaryIn the largest prospective health study ever done involving companion animals, this project identified 1900 healthy dogs of 11 giant and large breeds and collected information from owners. The dogs were followed for five years to measure the incidence of bloat, evaluate the effectiveness of commonly used bloat-prevention practices and determine the relationship between diet and bloat. The researchers found that the risk of bloat increased with increasing age, having a first-degree relative with bloat and increasing chest/width ratio. The breed at the highest risk was the Great Dane. None of the practices usually advised by experts to prevent bloat, such as raising the food bowl and limiting the amount of exercise and water before or after eating, appeared effective. In fact one of these, raising the food bowl, was associated with a higher incidence of bloat.
Publication(s)- Schaible RH, Ziech J, Glickman NW, Schellenberg D, Yi Q, Glickman LT. (1997) Predisposition to gastric dilatation-volvulus in relation to genetics of thoracic conformation in Irish setters. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. ;33(5):379-83. - Influence of thora
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