Posted : 8/10/2012 7:27:26 AM
As a Great Dane owner, I understand worrying about bloat. I personally know 2 people whos dogs bloated and both were German Shepherds, however I am on a few Great Dane forums, an so I hear about it a lot. When ever I hear of a dog bloating I try to ask what they eat and while its true that most dogs large dogs eat kibble, the last Dane that bloated that I read a few weeks back, ate raw. So nothing is full proof, all we can do is try. I also always ask if their dogs are given probiotics, most are not.
I don't think most dogs bloat right after they eat, I think many bloat several hours, in fact I just read that most dogs bloat at night, many overnight. I also just read that many dogs bloat while being kenneled away from home. From all that I read ( and I read every thing I can find ) I believe stress plays a very very big role in bloat. When I worked at the vet clinic someone brought their Great Dane to the groomer next door, which always caused this guy stress, and this last time within 10 minutes of being dropped off the dog got sick and bloated.
For me, I feed a high quality kibble and give Gibby probiotics. I try to keep him calm before and after feeding for about an hour. I think its very important to NOT feed one time a day, for us, we split his food into three times a day. I add a little water on his kibble and therefore he rarely goes to his water dish immediatly after eating. I feed from raised bowls ( that is contraversy now ) and I try to feed him enough time before we go out, or enough time before we have company where he is going to be excited or streesed...giving his food a little time to settle. I do put a little of some kind of toppings on his food such as yogurt, cottage cheese etc. I do have simethicone in liquid form in the fridge ready to go if I need it, it can not hurt them if you think your dog is bloating. I also have the road mapped out and phone numbers ready for the 2 ER clinics we have, but unfortunatly both are equal distance away, about 40 minutes from my house. I hope and pray I never see bloat..but try to be careful and watchful just in case, while still enjoying my dog without too much worry!
Oh by the way, with my other Dane I had talked to Linda Arndt ( better known as the Great Dane Lady on the internet ) and she said if your dog burps up....thats great. That means he is releasing his gas.