Did you know that processed foods can cause your dog’s stomach to bloat?
It would be far better to feed them home cooked meals or raw food to prevent bloat in dogs. The most common bloat disease is known as GVD (Gastric Dilation Volvulus) that affects the larger dog breeds. It causes the dog’s stomach to twist and gas formation. Here are some simple tips to prevent bloat in dogs naturally:
Don’t feed grains or kibble to your dogs
It is a well known fact that a dog’s digestive tract has a highly acidic pH and digests proteins very quickly. It can resist almost every pathogenic bacteria; however, it cannot digest grains properly. Dogs are by nature carnivores. Treating them as herbivores can mess up their digestive system.
Most commercial foods are processed foods and increases the risk of bloat. Consumption of processed foods for a long period can weaken the stomach and a weak stomach is prone to dilation and gas gets formed easily with consumption of carbohydrate rich foods. Grains are the one of the main sources of stomach bloat in dogs.
Feed The Right Bones
You should consider feeding chicken or lambs medium sized raw bones to your dog. It will make their stomach wall and muscles grow stronger. It prevents dilation or distension. If any gas is formed in the stomach, it will be easy for the dog to pass.
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Don’t Feed Fruits With A High Protein Meal
Dogs love fruits. They love the taste. However, if you plan to feed fruits to your dog, make sure you don’t feed it along with the protein meal. They digest quickly, so if you give them fruits along with a protein meal, the fruits will start fermenting and can cause bloating.
Best idea would be to feed fruits at least one or two hours before a meal.
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Caution With Exercise
Do not let your dog to run, jump or make any sudden movement after a full meal. It increases the chances of stomach to flip and twist. Never let your dog exercise within 3-4 hours after meal.
Maintain Overall Fitness To Prevent Bloat In Dogs Naturally
You should consider paying attention to your dog’s spine and make sure it is in good condition. It has been found that spine issues in large dogs does contribute towards bloating in dogs. It is quite evident in the X-rays of bloated dogs. Treatments such as physiotherapy, IMS and acupuncture etc can be helpful.
The fitness level of the dog is a major factor in causing bloat. However, you should keep in mind that dogs don’t require long hours of exercise. Their body is not designed that way and it can cause exhaustion and injuries. Their fitness level can be maintained by short periods of exercise that’s not more than 20 minutes.
Signs of bloat
- Severe distress
- Pale gums
- Hypersalivation and distended stomach
If you see any of these signs, take them to vet immediately.