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    DefaultGastric Torsion

    Our puppy kindergarten instructor told us about gastric torsion last night and said it can occur in deep chested dogs. We were telling her about how Bailey will drink alot of water and get really fat and she said to be carefuly because their stomach's can turn and many dogs do not survive. Is this common in Labs? Has anyone else heard of this? We are new owners so any info is hellpful.

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    DefaultRe: Gastric Torsion

    It's commonly called Bloat, and yes, it can happen to labs. I wouldn't feed my dog and then let it over-exercise afterwards...but I don't know if drinking alot of water is enough to cause bloat..

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    DefaultRe: Gastric Torsion

    Wet the dog's food down when you feed it. You don' t need to soak it, just put water on it and serve it. It helps to keep the dog from tanking up on water after eating. You should be feeding twice a day at a minimum.

    The dog should not be active at least 1 hour before eating and 2 hours after. Monitor the water intake.

    Bloat is where the dog's stomach fills with gas. Torsion is when the stomach flips after filling up with gas. That is life threatening and many dogs do not survive, even with surgery. My first Lab was a bloater. I learned very quickly how to counteract bloat and what not to do.


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    DefaultRe: Gastric Torsion

    Red was an older dog* when we got him through rescue and maybe 12 years old when he bloated.* The vet said there was nothing we could do for him and he crossed the Bridge.

    Red was a big guy, about 100 pounds.* We had never heard of bloat.* He had eaten about five hours before it happened.* We were out running errands* in the truck.* Not sure if it happened when he went from the front seat to the capped bed of the truck or if he did something else.

    Red did not look noticeably different when it first happened.* He just paced a lot and could not get comfortable.* We took him to the vet about an hour and a half after it started.* He had a raised temperature and the vet did not discover it until she took X-rays.*

    It was on Saturday afternoon of Labor day weekend of 2001.* The practice was closing early and nobody was going to be in for the rest of the weekend they said so they did not want to do surgery there. They said we could go to the Emergency clinic about 30 minutes away but Red was "pretty old" and had congestive heart failure and may not survive the surgery anyway.

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    DefaultRe: Gastric Torsion

    There are a thousand theories, but no known causes. I recently had a dog die from bloat, the 2nd time it happened (not a lab).

    I would not classify it as common in labs, but it does affect them for sure. German Shepards, Irish Setters, Great Danes, Swiss Mountain Dogs - VERY common.

    Again, wetting the food may or may not help - there are many articles written on both sides of every theory.

    Don't think so much about it and enjoy the dog! IMO, it has much to do with the stress level of the dog. That is my theory.

    I also do not do any major excersise, 30 min before or 45 min after feeding. Otherwise, I try not to worry about it.


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