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Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
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My 10 month old lab seems to inhale and swallow water when

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hi, my 10 month old lab seems to inhale and swallow water when she swims. She sometimes dry heaves a bit after she fetches her toy. I'm worried about bloat. please help
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I am sorry to hear you are worried about Mia, and bloat. I can understand; bloat is a very serious problem when it happens. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help. We still do not know a lot about why dogs bloat. Here is a list of things we know that INCREASE the risk of bloat: Feeding only one meal a dayHaving closely related family members with a history of bloatEating rapidlyBeing thin or underweightMoistening dry foods (particularly if citric acid is listed as a preservative)Feeding from an elevated bowlRestricting water before and after mealsFeeding a dry diet with animal fat listed in the first four ingredientsFearful or anxious temperamentHistory of aggression towards people or other dogsMale dogs are more likely to bloat than femalesOlder dogs (7 - 12 years) were the highest risk group
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
And here is a list of things that may DECREASE the risk: Inclusion of canned dog food in the dietInclusion of table scraps in the dietHappy or easy-going temperamentFeeding a dry food containing a calcium-rich meat meal (such as meat/lamb meal, fish meal, chicken by-product meal, meat meal, or bone meal) listed in the first four ingredients of the ingredient list.Eating two or more meals per day
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
But in the end, we don't know of any way to absolutely prevent a dog getting bloat. If you ever think her belly is looking enlarged or bloated, you want to get to a veterinarian immediately, day or night. Let me know what else I can help with, research or answer. I got these from a very good article about bloat: