Dog owners can take steps to help prevent a case of bloat or gastric dilation volvulus. However, you may find that expert recommendations do contradict each other on what to do. Recommendations that are often consistent include avoiding strenuous exercise immediately before or after feeding your dog and breaking up your dog’s daily food allotment into at least two meals. In a 2004, Purdue University based study, dry dog food with meat meal that contained bone as one of the first four listed ingredients was associated with a decreased risk of GDV. Fat as one of the first four listed ingredients was associated with an increased risk of GDV.
A Word About Raised Dog Food Bowls
For decades the common advice given by veterinarians and other dog experts, including breeders and trainers, to help prevent GDV was to always feed large dogs from an elevated food bowl. The thinking was that gravity helps the dog swallow the food completely while taking in less air. Then in 2004, the Purdue University study came out with a startling and confusing result. The researchers stated that dogs fed from elevated food bowls were more likely to get GDV. However, whether or not feeding from a raised food bowl actually causes GDV is still in question. The results only showed an association. The study did not prove raised dog bowls caused bloat or torsion. Dogs that are fed in raised food bowls tend to have several risk factors associated with getting bloat or torsion such as difficulty swallowing. To help you decide if a raised food bowl is best for your dog, speak with your veterinarian.
The causes of bloat and torsion in dogs are not fully understood by even the best of animal medical experts. This makes evaluating the information and research available difficult and confusing. If you are the owner of a large breed dog, you should know that this is a serious health risk for your beloved family pet. However, determining the best prevention for your individual pet should be based on your veterinarian’s recommendations.
Swedish Vallhund’s popularity is not restricted to Sweden. Its popularity has spread to such other countries as Canada, USA and some European countries. This is one of the oldest natural breed of dogs still in existence.
Commonly referred to as the “Viking Dog”, the Swedish Vallhund was traditionally kept as a heading, guarding and as a farm dog where it was very efficient in catching vermins. It is one of the best guarding dogs that you can find.
The Swedish Vallhund is a strong and muscularly built dog whose appearance is a show of power. A male mature dog can weigh as much as 40 pounds and stand at a height of 35 cm. Females tend to be smaller. The legs are characteristically short but very strong. You can find this dog in varied coat colors including black, brown, white or a mixture of these colors.
This breed of dog is mostly kept as an outdoor family dog. It turns out to be very useful as a companion as well as a guarding dog. It particularly loves human attention and constantly seeks its master’s attention. It remains highly devoted to its master and other family members and can at times be over-protective. It is a highly responsive dog that is very easy to train. Although not aggressive, the dog remains wary of strangers. It monitors the movements of a stranger and can easily attack in case a stranger partakes in an activity it considers unacceptable. It therefore requires constant monitoring and is best kept on a leash.
Like other large breed of dogs, the Swedish Vallhund is susceptible to hip dysplasia and cardiac diseases. It therefore requires regular exercises, proper diet and regular veterinary care to minimize the occurrence of these diseases. It is an otherwise very economical dog to have as a pet.