Bloat in Dobermans

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mydoberman's picture
Joined: 2015-09-26

What can anyone tell me about the occurence of bloat in Dobermans?  Am considering having stomach tacked during neutering procedure to prevent .

AresMyDobie's picture
Joined: 2015-02-28

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Neutering shouldn't occur till about 18 months of age. Preventing bloat is achieved by being smart about exercise food and water. For instance I will not feed my dog 9 months old now if he has recently exercised I'll wait two hours till I give him food. I will let him have some water but not slurp it down, I will give him and a few ice cubes after exercise but water I give after he's obviously calmed down and not panting so hard. Feeding the dog or watering the dog with bowls on the ground will help prevent bloat. Just being mindful of time of food consumption and exercise is a big one. 

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Joined: 2014-07-18

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The stomach is not attached to the rib wall like it is in human, so--particularly in deep chested dogs--there exists the possibility of the stomach to twist, a term known as gastric torsion. It is very deadly and can kill a dog before you have the chance to get them to a vet in some cases. "Bloat" can occur with or without gastric torsion. The stomach tacking, or gastropexy, helps prevent gastric torsion. If torsion occurs, you also run the risk of parts of the intestines dying from loss of blood flow before the torsion is corrected.  

As mentioned, there are certain lifestyle considerations that you can take into account to help prevent bloat. Gastropexy is another option to minimize the chance for gastric torsion by creating a point of connection between the stomach and the lining of the rib cage via a minor incision. My vet also said that there is now a minimally invasive gastropexy that leaves only a small scar (a couple of millimeters). There appear to be split decisions on the surgery--it is still a surgical operation, after all--however, it is something that I am planning to do at the time of neuter also. 

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Joined: 2009-07-22

Since this was just discussed on another board, you may as well read that thread.

Despite all the precautions that people take, don't fool yourself into thinking it can't happen to you.  I know all the precautions.  It has happened to a few of my dogs over the years (and I lost one of them to this) so even better than taking precautions that may or may not work is preparedness.  I posted in that other thread about some of the preparations and discussions you should have now, things you should buy and have on hand, etc. 

FWIW, there is nothing wrong with a dog walking after it has eaten.  Walking stimulates normal gastro activitiy and encourages pooping and expressing gas.  It's like when people like to go for a walk after a big meal.  I don't think you're doing a dog any favour making it lie around like a beached whale after it has eaten.  That slows the gastro system.  Certainly, don't run it or exercise it heavily but a normal, calm walk is a good thing.