* Feed two or more meals a day * Feed no more than one cup per 33 pounds of body weight per meal when feeding two meals a day * Feed an energy-dense diet, to reduce volume, but avoid a diet where a high amount of calories are from fats. * Feed a variety of different food types regularly. The inclusion of human foods in a primarily dry dog food diet was associated with a 59 percent decreased risk of GDV while inclusion of canned pet foods was associated with a 28 percent decreased risk * When feeding dry food, also include foods with sufficient amounts of meats and meat meals, for example: beef, lamb, poultry, and fish. * Feed a food with larger particles, and include larger pieces of meat to the diet. * Avoid moistening dry foods * If your dog eats rapidly, find ways to try to reduce his speed of eating * Avoid raising the food bowl - place it at ground level * Try to minimize stress for your dog. Stressful events have been reported to be precipitating factors in GDV occurrence. * Restrict vigorous exercise one hour before and two hours after meals. * When you are not in close proximity to your dog, use a baby monitor to alert you if your dog is in distress. * Learn to recognize signs of GDV, which include pacing and restlessness, head turning to look at the abdomen, distention of the abdomen, rapid shallow breathing, nonproductive attempts at vomiting, and salivation. These symptoms can progress rapidly to shock and death. Get to your veterinarian or emergency hospital the moment you suspect GDV.
Does anyone recommend raised food and water bowls for their doodles? Creasey is getting tall and weighs 50+ pounds and I notice he has to bend over so much just to get food and water. Even today I... more
I read the links from Kelli and now should I wait to take her for her walk after she eats? If so how long? I wanted to add about her eating from the feeding mat, sometimes, I guess when she is tired, ... more
This is what we follow... Kelli,Thu May 10 9:15am
Oh my, I guess I'm old school. It used to be they said to raise the bowls. Ever since Berk's legs grew, he has been eating raised. Is it safe to change him now? I certainly don't want anything to... more
Dasher will take some bites, walk away, sometimes leaving a trail of food.....then go back for more. I'm just glad he is eating slowly... Dasher. as a pup, gobbled up his food, so glad he no longer... more
Unfortunately, Teddy has raised bowls because at the time I thought it was better for him. I think it helps with bloat for the bigger dogs and eating faster when it is raised if I am correct. I think ... more