Does Dog Bloating Affect Certain Breeds?

Dog bloating is the second leading cause of death in dogs. While it is possible for any dog to get dog bloat or Gastric Dilation Volvulus, deep-chested breeds are more susceptible.

Why GDV Occurs

Many dogs wolf their daily meals. As they rapidly swallow their food, air builds up inside the stomach causing the stomach to bloat. In breeds with large chests, the stomach is able to rotate cutting off the blood supply to the stomach and preventing digestion. The food remains within the stomach where the distended stomach presses on nearby organs further disrupting the flow of blood within the body.

As blood flow reduces to organs in the abdomen and chest, they begin to shut down and blood pressure drops. These two dangerous situations lead to death if dog bloating is not quickly treated.

Deep-Chested Dog Breeds

Dogs with very large chests are likely to develop dog bloating if you skip preventative measures. Dogs that most commonly develop dog bloat or GDV include:

  • Borzois
  • Boxers
  • Collies
  • Dobermans
  • German Shepherds
  • Great Danes
  • Hounds
  • Mastiffs
  • Newfies
  • Poodles
  • Retrievers
  • Setters
  • Sheepdogs
  • St. Bernards
  • Weimaraners

Preventing Dog Bloat

The best way to prevent GDV is by feeding your pet smaller meals. Instead of one large meal per day, break it up into smaller snacks every few hours.