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TIP OF THE WEEK – BLOAT
By Pat Trotter

Because bloat is a major concern for numerous breeds, this suggestion from a good friend in a giant breed might be of help – at least until one can get the animal to a veterinarian. Gas-X thin strips that dissolve on the tongue can quiet the stomach and relieve the animal temporarily, perhaps preventing death. In fact, it is reported that in pre-bloat conditions it might prevent a full blown case. Perhaps it would be a good idea for owners and handlers of large bloat-prone breeds to carry these with them on the road where animals seem most stressed. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” was the wise advice of Ben Franklin and still worth practicing today.

(Reprinted with permission from Dog News, Sept. 9, 2011 , Inside the Sport, by Pat Trotter. Pat is the 2003 Hound Group Breeder of the Year Winner – Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds, AKC Judge, Dog News Columnist, Symposium presenter, and author of  Born to Win: Breed to Succeed.)