I've never dealt with bloat, but I do try to do a few things to prevent it. I feed my dogs with the slow-feed bowls, and don't let them do any vigorous exercise before or after eating.
I'm thinking of free-feeding as a way of raising a puppy to be a non-scarfing adult. I want a dog who eats 2 meals a day, chewing thoroughly, enjoying the food slowly and in a completely relaxed manner. I have a personal dog who is exactly like this, yet she loves to work for food. She was already like this when I adopted her, and while I have raised foster pups this way, none have gone into competitive sports, so it's difficult to say whether they still have good food drive for training purposes.What do you mean unlimited access? I'm not a fan of free feeding especially for bloat prone breeds. You want to control when and how fast they eat (if that part is possible).
Yup, got that covered, thanks!If you feed raw meat and veggies with kibble, I'd make sure it's a balanced appropriate diet.
I'm sorry. I really hope your dog recovered. No matter what we do, there's still that risk. I have a therapy dog who is trained to alert when an elderly person falls and cannot get up, and he has the intelligence to understand and generalize to a completely different type of emergency! He saved my other dog's life by bark-alerting when she bloated the second time.I feed at meal times and I don't do vigorous exercise 1-2 hours before or after and pray no one bloats I've been through bloat with a Dobe and took all the right "precautions" and t still happened.
Do you any sort of competitive training? Do you notice any major drawbacks of not having food in your training arsenal? And...well, just wow...that sounds delicious!My dog has free feed kibble available 24/7 plus gets 2 home cooked meals of meat/veggy/rice.
- the kibble is always available...she seems to pick away at some, usually night time
- kibble dish has been on the floor since she was 8 weeks old...most times she just walks past
I don't OB train with food, our girl is motivated by toys, verbal praise & petting.
Oh my gosh, that is terrible. I hadn't thought about that although I considered having a laparoscopic gastropexy done on my dog after his sister bloated. However, he knows how to use the emergency phone, and I'm not sure I want to put him through surgery at his age, because of other conditions that might increase his chance of complications.I lost my last Dobie to bloat. My parents went out to dinner, came home, and he had already passed. It all happened in the span of less than two hours. When I send my current boy in for his hip x-rays I am very seriously considering having his stomach tacked. I NEVER want to go through that again.
Currently, he is fed twice a day and is not exercised two hours before or after feeding. He's always been a fast eater, thankfully THK has slowed his eating down to an acceptable pace. He can get pretty heavy on water intake, so I only keep acceptable amounts of water in his bowl.
No to your question.Do you any sort of competitive training? Do you notice any major drawbacks of not having food in your training arsenal? And...well, just wow...that sounds delicious!
Don't freak out, just exercise caution with your dog. It would be wise to make a bloat kit, the link posted earlier may explain that, if not I'll find a link for you. I talked about tacking the stomach in my dog earlier; if you are concerned about it, it would be wise to talk to your vet about possibly having the procedure done as well. The thing to remember about bloat is the larger the dog the more likely its occurrence can be, that's why so many Great Danes bloat.when you say no vigorous exercize do you mean crate them afterwards? Now I am totally paranoid with my puppy as she is a constant ball of energy before durring and after she eats. What are the signs and or symptoms to look for? Do they suddenly become ill? This is our first dobe and the more I read the more paranoid I become. I'm almost about ready to start spoon feeding her literally with all this scary bloat info.
Unfortunately this may backfire on you (and I would say there's actually a good chance of it). Free-feeding very often makes for finicky eaters because the dog doesn't really see food as a resource.. food is just something that's "always around." I "mostly" free fed my doberman as a puppy. What I mean is that I measured out the appropriate amount of food he was supposed to have in a meal and just set it down for him. If he didn't eat it right then, oh well, it was there for him to eat later if he wanted.I'm thinking of free-feeding as a way of raising a puppy to be a non-scarfing adult. I want a dog who eats 2 meals a day, chewing thoroughly, enjoying the food slowly and in a completely relaxed manner. I have a personal dog who is exactly like this, yet she loves to work for food. She was already like this when I adopted her, and while I have raised foster pups this way, none have gone into competitive sports, so it's difficult to say whether they still have good food drive for training purposes.