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Features April 2013 Issue

New Ways to Reduce the Risk for Bloat

Large, broad-chested dogs are the ones prone to bloat.

New Ways to Reduce the Risk for Bloat

Bloat is one of the most common — and most painful — problems to befall large-breed dogs. A study suggests ways it can be prevented.

It has been standard advice for a number of years that to reduce the risk for bloat, a life-threatening condition in which a dog’s stomach literally flips over and knots up blood vessels leading to the spleen and other tissues, owners should not let their pets run around or engage in any other physical activity right after eating. “Our mothers never let us swim after we ate,” says Tufts veterinary surgeon John Berg, DVM,…

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