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Vets aren’t sure what causes bloat, but there are some things that raise a dog’s risk for it, including:

  • Eating from a raised food bowl
  • Having one large meal a day
  • Eating quickly
  • A lot of running or playing after he eats
  • Other dogs he’s related to have had bloat
  • Eating or drinking too much
  • Stress

Any dog can have bloat, but it’s much more common in deep-chested, largebreeds, like Akitas, Boxers, Bassett Hounds, and German Shepherds. Some are at a higher risk than others, including Great Danes, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, Weimaraners, and St. Bernards.

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