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Old 03-17-2008, 02:56 PM   #1
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I'm sure you all know about bloat in dogs, well, I was just wondering do any of you restrict water from your dogs after or before exercise? I was at my vets the other day and we got on the discussion of bloat, I know not to feed Rusty one hour before, or 1/2 hour after exercise. My vet brought up that you really shouldn't let them drink water during that time either. I never knew that! I feel bad not letting Rusty drink water!! It's hot were I live and when we come back from our walks he's thirsty. Has anyone experienced bloat after giving their dogs water?

I will also give Rusty a cookie or two when we come back from our walks, if he was good, they are small cookies, but do you think that something like that would cause bloat? I don't know why I'm so obsessed with bloat, I guess because Rusty is a big guy and I know bloat happens in the bigger dogs if your not careful.

Any advice on this is welcomed...thanks
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Old 03-17-2008, 03:06 PM   #2
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That is correct on feeding a dog and watering a hot dog before exercising or after for at least an hour is wrong. Asking for trouble.

I keep water buckets sitting all over the property in summer, so dogs have free access to it regardless and a wade pool. I feed my feedings to 3 during very hot days also into smaller ones. Not just one or two large meals. This does help to eliminate BLOAT.

I am beginning to feel alot of it is Genetic also. Just my personal experience, my dogs have drank when hot from chasing a ball on their own, some have done that and got BLOAT? So, best to be careful and do not do the stupid things to promote it and some dogs get it so easy....
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thanks sheplvr, I just can't see holding water back from Rusty. I mean, if it were to prevent bloat then I would but I'm not sure that water can do that. That's a good idea you had about the 3 smaller meals. I ususally just do two, but maybe I will start to do 3 in the summer now (it get's to be over 100 degrees F. here in the summer) I always wake up earlier in the summer to walk Rusty before it get's that hot.

What about the cookies though? I give him small cookies right after our walks. I'm just worried with Rusty getting older his chance of this kind of stuff can increase so I want to be extra careful.
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