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Bloat prone breeds

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by DollyGirl08, Sep 11, 2013.


  1. DollyGirl08

    DollyGirl08 PetForums VIP

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    There is conflicting information about whether or not you should use raised dishes to help prevent bloat.
    Do you/would you use raised dishes? Do you think it helps at all or makes no difference?
     
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    As raw fed dogs, my boys eat from the floor - often laying down whilst they eat. I have however used raised bowls in the past.
     
  3. boxermadsam

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    Yes I use raised feeders, primarily with bloat in mind having seen 3 friends lose Boxers to this horrible condition.

    I also don't like seeing large dogs eating out of a bowl on the floor, they just always look like they are uncomfortable somehow.
     
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    We used to use a raised dish for our Great Dane,she never had bloat,but I don't know whether it helped as she always ate from a raised dish.:)

    Mine are raw fed so they eat off the floor,although Craven prefers to stand while he's eating.:confused:
     
  5. DollyGirl08

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    Thanks. All mine eat from a bowl on the floor, i'm not sure i'd use a raised dish, maybe only if I had a giant breed so it wouldn't have to bend down as far.
    It seems that is is neither proved nor disproved to be a help in preventing bloat.
    Just wondering really, I often get random questions pop into my head lol.
     
  6. MrsGiggles

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    When bernie gets bigger his bowl will be raised.

    Question,why if feeding raw,it doesn't matter if its feed on the floor?
     
  7. DT

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    No to raised dishes!
    Having a deep chested dog do try and keep up to date with GT related research
    And the Purdue University give the thumbs down to raised dishes (assuming there have been no updates)
     
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    Nope and won't be using one for Runa!

    I will be very cautious when I feed & exercise her to minimise the risks :)
     
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    Nope, I did think about it BUT he eats his bones from the floor so cannot se the difference. I am careful about exercise and never feed before a walk and try and wait when we get back.
     
  10. DollyGirl08

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    Dogs will just take the bone out the bowl and eat it on the floor anyway, although I use bowls when mine have mince/tripe/eggs etc.
     
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    Blue has a mop bucket as a make shift stand for his bowl because I do not like to see him eating off the floor as it just looks uncomfortable for him.
     
  12. Meezey

    Meezey Slave to the Black & Tans and the Trundle Bugs.

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    " Theories had suggested raised food bowls as a prevention. However, a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2000 found that raised food bowls actually significantly increased the risk in large- and giant-breed dogs (up to 52 percent). Based on this, many now advise against raised food bowls for high-risk breeds, unless necessary for other medical conditions."
     
  13. DT

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    Just for the record you should not soak dry for either
     
  14. DT

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    The latest from Purdue was 2005 I believe
    https://www.addl.purdue.edu/newsletters/2005/Summer/canine-acd.htm
     
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    Ok,thank you :D
     
  16. OttoGrotto

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    Otto's bowl is on the floor but he has a slow down bowl. He's never looked uncomfortable while eating but Herman did, although H was markedly larger. Despite being half brothers, Otto is a lot shorter and stockier.

    I'm also paranoid about when he eats.
     
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    I don't have raised bowls but it makes no odds as I feed raw so anything bar mince is taken out and put on the floor anyway!! If I fed kibble or wet I wouldn't use raised bowls either unless a physical condition made it necessary for the dogs' comfort.
     
  18. Meezey

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    Cian has his on the floor of his crate :rolleyes: Normally in a bowl but he like it on the floor and eats it lying down :)
     
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    I don't use raised bowls and wouldn't unless I had a dog that physically struggled to reach a bowl on the floor.
    Seen a couple of eldery Greyhounds have trouble reaching the floor so in those circumstances I'd use a slightly raised bowl, just enough for comfort.
     
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