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11 Dog Breeds That Are Prone To Bloat

| Published on January 12, 2017

Every dog owner should know about bloat, a deadly condition that kills nearly half the dogs in affects. Bloat, formally known as gastric dilation volvolvus, or GDV, happens when the bloated stomach becomes twisted in the abdomen. This causes great tension on internal organs and often leads to partial or total restriction of blood supply to other tissues.

Suppression of the caudal vena cava, a large vein that returns blood to the heart, can very quickly lead to shock. Even when treated, it’s estimated that up to 40% of GDV cases result in death.

While the exact cause of bloat is unknown, certain things seem to make dogs more susceptible to bloat. (Click here for signs, symptoms, and activities that could put your dog at risk.) Then, there’s a genetic factor; the shapes of certain dog breeds make them at higher risk. “Generally speaking, dogs with deep, narrow chests seem more prone to bloat and GDV,” explains Dr. Karen Shaw Becker.

While all pup parents should know what to look for in this deadly condition, those living with the following 11 breeds should be especially cognizant of GDV.

11 Dog Breeds That Are Prone To Bloat

1. Great Danes

Dane owners should be especially educated on GDV. These big guys top the list for risk with their massive size and barrel chests. According to Embrace Pet Insurance, bloat “is the number one killer of Danes, and they bloat more often than any other breed.”

2. Boxers

Between their physical structure and active nature, these spring-loaded pups also tend to be at higher risk. Boxer owners should always make sure that their pups eat smaller meals and have plenty of time to digest before going out to play!

3. Doberman Pinschers

This is another deep-chested breed that needs to be monitored, particularly after meal time.

4. German Shepherds

GSD owners should employ routines that will reduce their pup’s risk of bloat, giving their loyal friends a better chance to live their best life possible.

5. Weimaraner

These large, active dogs are also prone to the condition with their chests the dip well below their waists.

6. Irish Setters

Don’t let these dogs hide their risk for bloat under their gorgeous coats – practice safe meal and play time!

7. Basset Hounds

Although shorter than most of the breeds on this list, the Basset Hound’s low chest means owners should be extra careful about preventing this condition.

8. Akitas

These guardian dogs will keep you safe, but make sure to do your best to protect them against bloat!

9. Standard Poodles

The body shape and playful nature of these curly-haired cuties make them at higher risk for GDV.

10. St. Bernard

Fluffy, friendly, and lovable, instill safe habits with this beautiful breed to reduce their chances of developing bloat.

11. Newfoundland

These big love bugs are great for hugging, but the size of their chests makes them susceptible to this fatal condition.

While there is no surefire way to prevent bloat and any type of breed can be affected (mutts included), the more you know about your dog’s health, the better chance you have of enjoying a long, healthy life with them by your side.

Learn more about the signs, symptoms, and ways to reduce the risk of bloat by clicking here.

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