simply-canine

alldogownersshouldknow:

Symptoms of bloat include:

  • hard, swollen abdomen that may make a hollow sound if tapped
  • retching that produces no vomit OR produces foamy, white vomit
  • drooling/salivating excessively
  • whining
  • pacing/restlessness
  • lethargy
  • stiff-legged walk

If your dog shows signs of having bloat, call your vet IMMEDIATELY. Every second counts. Bloat is extremely painful and without quick veterinary intervention your dog will probably not survive.

Check out this video of an akita in the middle to late stages of bloat.

Check out this article on what bloat is, the varieties of bloat, its symptoms, and the typical treatment plans.

The best predictor of a dog’s chances of getting bloat are its relatives. If your dogs family has had bloat, your dog is at an increased risk. Other risk factors include:

  • deep, narrow chested dogs
  • feeding to soon before or after exercising
  • raised feeding bowls
  • gulping food/eating too quickly
  • eating one or two large meals per day
  • overeating
  • overdrinking
  • dry food diet
mushing1
mushing1:



Hey Moose! Kennel





Norton (a.k.a. Norty-Nort, King of the Norts) is a dog with the biggest heart! In this picture, after taking Andy’s commands and breaking trail through deep snow in Gates of the Arctic for many miles last spring, Norton receives some well-deserved loves. Thank you, Laura Myers, for sponsoring this sweet and talented boy for another race season! Norton is ready for any challenge the trail may throw our way!

mushing1:


Norton (a.k.a. Norty-Nort, King of the Norts) is a dog with the biggest heart! In this picture, after taking Andy’s commands and breaking trail through deep snow in Gates of the Arctic for many miles last spring, Norton receives some well-deserved loves. Thank you, Laura Myers, for sponsoring this sweet and talented boy for another race season! Norton is ready for any challenge the trail may throw our way!
thecatscactus

thecatscactus:

ellway:

sizvideos:

Watch it in video

Follow our Tumblr - Like us on Facebook

There’s always ONE crazy border at the dog park that stares down other dogs and try to herd them. It’s both hilarious and creepy at the same time.

Koda’s kind of starting to do this with Sam when he runs, but she mostly tries to hide behind the flowers.

So cute!!!
I love herding breeds though xD

prairiegsds

prairiegsds:

We are confident that a significant amount of risk for bloat will be explained purely by genetics,” and thus provide data to develop a test for the disease, says Sharp.

A genetic test could determine which dogs are at highest risk of developing bloat. At-risk dogs could undergo preventive surgery known as gastropexy to affix the stomach to the abdominal wall so it can’t twist. It would also be a breakthrough for the dog-breeding community, Sharp says. “A genetic test would help them dramatically reduce the likelihood of bloat in future offspring.”

If you have a dog that has had bloat and would like to contribute DNA to the study, please email Claire Sharp at claire.sharp@tufts.edu.

Here are a few resources on bloat if you’d like to learn more.

prairiegsds

prairiegsds:

Specifically, when exposing the handlers to stress that is irrelevant to the detection task, we were surprised to find that the dogs showed a superior performance across all measures. Focusing on the handler–dog interface, we found that when the handlers’ anxiety level is elevated, the dog performance is improved. We postulate that since the handlers’ exposure to stress elevated anxiety level and impaired their attention, it may have led to less control over the dog. Consequently, it allowed the dogs to ‘take control’ and manifest their training outcomes. This alleged locus of control transfer may explain the improved performance of the dogs, and further emphasizes the importance of the handler–dog interface.

Maybe feeling stressed is a good thing during a tracking trial. :)