Do elevated dog bowls cause bloat?


I just adopted a 7 month old Great Dane, I was reading online about bloat and how it is very common in large breed dogs. I know not to let him drink or eat fast and then to wait an hour to exercise after they do so, but does the feeder have anything to do with causing it? I also heard that giving them 3 or 4 small meals a day is better than just 2 big meals. Please help me out on this, thanks!

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    6 Responses to “Do elevated dog bowls cause bloat?”

    1. CADRMNDANES says:

      No, I don’t and I’ve been raising danes for 15 years. All of mine get two meals a day, 4 cups each time.

      Here is some Bloat info for you.

      Tacking during spay/neuter surgery is a good idea. My danes have had it done. The Belt Loop Procedure has done well with danes. Yes, they can still bloat, it doesn’t prevent it. It will hold the stomach in place instead of flipping. The intestines can still twist around the spleen if they become impacted. The procedure buys you some time to get your dog to the vet to save their life. Many dogs have not bloated or had any problems after the procedure. It’s a lot cheaper then emergency bloat surgery with can cost around 2500 or more.

      Prophylactic Gastropexy and Procedures Pro & Cons

      Bloat Triggers – There are many triggers for bloat. Kibble & water are only a couple of them. I leave several bowls of water out & have never had a problem. You want to restrict a lot of water intake right after exercising when they are hot. (Heavy panting) I also don’t soak their kibble in water. I may put a small amount of warm water on their food to create a gravy. Plus add a spoonful of yogurt which is good for their tummies. I have mine take an hour nap after eating. No playing or exercising after eating.

      Other triggers
      – stress, obvious or hidden signs
      – physiological stress
      – psychological stress
      – genetic considerations
      – environmental factors

      I use plant stands to raise their bowls. It’s also better on their feet & front legs.

      Feed several meals a day instead of a large meal.

      Don’t allow your dog to become over weight
      20 Signs that your dog may be in trouble from bloat or torsion:

      (1) distended abdomen
      (2) rigid (hard) abdomen
      (3) painful when touched in the abdomen
      (4) vomiting foamy or liquid material
      (5) unproductive attempts at vomiting or retching
      (6) arched back
      (7) praying position (down in front, rear standing)
      (8) laying down on belly – crouched position
      (9) curling up in a ball
      (10) laying or sitting in an unusual location
      (11) seeking a hiding place
      (12) looking at their side
      (13) frequent swallowing (aerophagia)
      (14) hypersalivation (drooling heavily)
      (15) drinking excessively
      (16) lack of appetite
      (17) quiet, any abnormal behavior
      ` (18) lethargy, weakness
      (19) panting, breathing rapidly or heavily
      (20) red gums, or white gums (not normal pink color)

      You know your own dog the best and you know when things aren’t quite right. If you notice any of these signs in your dog, call your vet or take him to an emergency clinic as soon as possible. Not all dogs show the classic signs of bloat or GDV, some may be very subtle or be at a pre-bloat stage.
      Keep a copy of this list, your vets phone number, an emergency clinic phone number, and you pet’s medical history in a convenient place in case of an emergency. Bloat and GDV occur very quickly, and a dog can be in shock within minutes.

    2. triphazard99 says:

      I have dobes, and I feed them from elevated bowls, as it is supposedly better for their neck muscles, as well as their digestion. Trouble is, all research can then be undone by another survey.. so it’s really hard to know what to do for the best! I’m sticking with elevated bowls, as I do not see the benefits in my dogs having to eat ‘uphill’… we wouldn’t do it out of choice, would we?

      As for feeding smaller meals, nope, not heard anything along those lines to help with bloat – though at seven months, with a giant breed, three meals a day for a little longer would prob. be no bad thing.

    3. Annie says:

      I have newfoundlands.

      Bloat is a "low baseline" occurance, so nobody, including researchers, are very sure of what causes it — combination of genetics and chance is the best guess.

      Latest thinking says feed on the floor, but feed kibble with canned meat to prevent bloat. Even if this isn’t the case, it won’t hurt. All my big guys get kibble and canned at each meal (fed with dishes on the floor)

    4. rhos says:

      There is research online that says using elevated bowls causes bloat, but I think the research is flawed. Most of it doesn’t really say whether all the dogs were big dogs or not. If the research includes all dogs, puppies etc, then it goes without saying that the bigger dogs are more likely to have bloat and therefore more likely to have been using an elevated dog bowl.
      You are doing everything you should, no exercise before and after feeding and more meals are usually better but obviously this leaves less of a window to exercise.
      Bloat can occur in any dog, male or female, and even in some puppies, but more likely big chested males.
      Unfortunately you can do all of these things and still be unlucky. Good luck I would still use an elevated dog bowl.
      P.S there are also a number of ingredients and acids that some dog food has that may be a good idea to avoid, if you check online. just make yourself aware of symptoms.

    5. Andy says:

      I don’t think so, I had a Dane and currently have a GSD and both of them used elevated dog bowls…neither ever had a problem with bloat.

    6. vehement says:

      NO…nor "prevent"!