[ SHOWGSD-L ] Re: when it comes to bloat

  • From: lindabankhead@xxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: kthalfen@xxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 01:04:17 +0000 (UTC)

Great information! Thank you. 



In your research/practice as a vet: Two questions: 



Will tacking help to reduce (not prevent) odds? 

Do you think products such as Gas X are worth giving to dogs, especially those 
who eat fast or are more prone to gas?  


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Katie Halfen " < kthalfen @ hotmail .com> 
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Sent: Monday, September 14, 2009 8:50:13 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern 
Subject: [ SHOWGSD-L ] when it comes to bloat 

There is an estimated 75-80% survival rate with bloat without any 
complications. 

Increased risk factors for a dog to develop GDV are: 
-1 meal per day feeding 
-a first degree relative with a history of GDV (this would be a genetic 
predisposition) 
-large thoracic depth:width ratio greater than 1.5 (this means large, deep 
chested dogs) 
-underweight dogs 
-risk increases with increasing age 
-following splenectomy of any reason (there is extra space for the stomach to 
torsion and enlarge) 
-eating from raised feeding dishes 
-stress (grooming, dog shows, hospitalization, boarding, etc.) 
-behaviors or conditions that promote aerophagia (swallowing air) including 
rapid eating, exercising after eating) 
-fearful temperament 

Despite some of the best tacking techniques out there, if you ask any vet that 
has worked in emergency, even tacked dogs bloat and torsion. 

The above list is from research presented by one of the board certified surgeon 
and PhD at Tufts. 

Katie Halfen DVM 

Casamoko Shepherds 

www . casamoko .com 
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