Bloat Initiative Update


In January the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) announced a major effort underway to tackle the devastating condition commonly known as bloat. The Bloat Initiative addresses the need for both education and research. A Request for Proposal (RFP) was also released in January and researchers were invited to submit projects for funding consideration. 

In response to the RFP, CHF received nine Letters of Intent from top researchers across the country. The five strongest proposals were chosen to submit full applications. These grants will delve deeply into the pathophysiology of bloat, including investigating the role of glucose levels and gastric emptying, the gastrointestinal microbiome and gastric dysrhythmia in the development of disease. Investigators have proposed to use cutting edge techniques and several will take a multi-omics approach with the hope of helping breeders make informed breeding decisions and mitigate the risk of bloat in their dogs.

“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,” said 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.”

The five full applications will undergo peer review – evaluation by other experts in the field of study – and final funding approval will be made this fall by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

CHF is grateful to our supporters, large and small, for doing their part to help us fight bloat. If you would like to contribute toward the Bloat Initiative, donate now.

Champion ($50,000+)

  • Collie Health Foundation
  • Irish Setter Club of America Foundation
  • Greyhound Club of America
  • Saint Bernard Club of America

Leader ($25,000 - $49,999)

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

Charter ($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
  • Gordon Setter Club of America
  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America
  • Weimaraner Club of America

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

  • American Bloodhound Club
  • Delaware County Kennel Club
  • English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association
  • English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association Foundation
  • Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation
  • Great Pyrenees Club of America
  • Kuvasz Fanciers of America
  • The Poodle Club of America Foundation
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback Club
  • Scottish Deerhound Club of America
  • TarTan Gordon Setter Club
  • Versatility in Poodles


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