Never knew dogs should rest before and after eating

I’m totally freaking out right now. Ok maybe those are strong words. I’m exhausted mentally and physically so everything is magnified.

But I’m kinda upset. I just read a blog that Mimi wrote and I found out that a dog should rest an hour before and after eating, to prevent bloat. I don’t remember ever finding this out. I can’t imagine I would have forgotten something so important. I mean I know school just about killed me, but you’d think I’d remember something like that. I mean, Jayden gets plenty of rest before eating in the mornings since I feed him upon awakening, and usually he gets plenty of rest before we leave in the mornings. And at dinner he gets rest before and after eating, though today he was pretty active up until dinner.

I just can’t believe I didn’t know this. Did my instructor at school just fail to mention it? I mean I remember them talking about the feeding schedule so we’d know when the dogs would have to relieve. But to prevent bloat??? How did I not know that???

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6 Responses to Never knew dogs should rest before and after eating

  1. I’m pretty sure regular walking around is ok. You just don’t want your dog running like mad after eating. I mean, at school we would have worked, then driven back to the campus and then done the feeding/relieving thing. Maybe it’s similar to the thought that you shouldn’t eat and then go swimming immediately afterward.

    God it’s been so long since class that I can’t remember if they mentioned it in class either. It’s just something I picked up along the way.

  2. Don’t freak out Darrell and I didn’t know until we started working with GDTx but since I have seen things on animal planet and stuff so it actually pretty well known. I’m actually surprised that GDB never mentions stuff like that.. The reasons for having them rest is because when their stomachs are full and distended and they start running and jumping around, their stomachs are more likely to flip over in their abdomens (called gastric torsion or bloat). Their intestines are free gloating in their abdomens, meaning they aren’t connected to the walls and stuff like ours are. So this makes them (especially big breed dogs) more susceptible to bloat.

    Just so you know, you didn’t miss anything at GDB but it is a good thing to know. Its good that you got so freaked out though, means you’re a good mommy. 🙂

  3. It’s an iffy topic. People have strong opinions on both sides of the spectrum. You are “freaking out” because of one side of the opinions.

    Theoretically, the water we put on their food expands the kibble before they eat, reducing the risk of bloat. Since we don’t stress it in puppy raising, I assume that it is not stressed in class. Because it is not stressed by GDB, I assume that “they” believe what we do is enough to reduce the risk of bloat to acceptable levels.

    So, don’t freak. Keep doing what you are doing. If you are really concerned, call GDB and talk to them. 🙂

  4. Ro

    Thanks guys, I’m not freaking out now. The emails came pouring in so I’m feeling better. That’s what happens when I’m brain missing and I hear something even remotely scary 😉

  5. I’m glad you feel better. I was going to talk about the water on the food thing, but somebody faster already took care of it.

    Hey, it’s good to be concerned. That’s how you learn. And better to learn that it’s not as bad as you thought than the other way.

  6. Yeah I wouldn’t be freaking out. I am totally paranoid about bloat (heck I called my corgi breeder friend after I 1st got Monty to ask her if corgis were prone to bloat because they have “deep chests” for their size. And she went “Um Katrin, THEIR LEGS ARE 4″ LONG! of course it looks like they have deep chests! he’s fine!!” We both laughed after that. So silly) anyway I am totally paranoid about bloat but I will walk James before or after eating. it’s really situations where they would be gulping in air or water or have big physical activity. So like you don’t want HEAVY exercise an hour before or after eating. And you don’t want to let them gulp in tons of water after exercise because that can cause it too. Walking should be a-ok.

    Glad you are more relaxed about it now.

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