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Features February 2015 Issue

Seeking Out the Genetic Causes of Bloat: You Can Help

This dog is recovering from surgery for bloat. Up to one out of five dogs don’t make it.

Seeking Out the Genetic Causes of Bloat: You Can Help

Unraveling the DNA secrets that will keep dogs from developing this deadly condition.

“A lot of dogs don’t look bloated from the outside,” says Tufts emergency and critical care veterinarian Claire Sharp, BVMS, DACVECC, referring to a life-threatening condition known in the vernacular as bloat, in which a dog’s stomach twists on its axis and fills with gas. She speaks of people who contact the animal hospital when their dog doesn’t seem right, saying, “‘I’m sure my dog doesn’t have bloat because his belly doesn’t look big.’”

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