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Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by ouesi, Oct 11, 2013.
Understanding inherited causes of canine bloat
We do tend to breed our dogs to have wide-sprung barrel-shaped rib cages which goes against most wild canids. Wolves have narrower almost teardrop shaped rib cages with a deep narrow keel, and you don't need to be Einstein to imagine that this keeps the stomach in its place.
I strongly believe the propensity to bloat will be eventually revealed to be an anatomical issue.
IDK... I think it's pretty much agreed that bloat is a polygenetic trait. Yes, anatomy plays a role, but so does temperament, so does age, so does environment... That's the thing, nobody has managed to narrow the cause down to ONE single thing.
Wild canids can bloat too.
Irish Setter Bloat Initiative (United Kingdom) | Animal Health Trust
I'm taking part in this as are all IS owners. So hopefully all the research both sides of the pond will get some answers.