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New bloat research on the horizon

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by ouesi, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. MerlinsMum

    MerlinsMum PetForums VIP

    Aug 2, 2009
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    Excellent :)

    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.
  2. ouesi

    ouesi Guest

    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.
  3. BessieDog

    BessieDog PetForums VIP

    May 16, 2012
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