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View Poll Results: How does your dog eat their meals?
Gobbles up meal with no drink before or after 4 19.05%
Has a drink before he/she eats 0 0%
Has a drink after meal 10 47.62%
Takes drinks during the meal (eats a little, has a drink...) 5 23.81%
I don't know 2 9.52%
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Old September 11th, 2005, 10:58 PM
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Water with meal

I am curious about something. This may sound silly but I would like to know if your dog/s eat their meal with or without drinking water during their meal.
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Old September 11th, 2005, 11:01 PM
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I have noticed after Joey eats his meal with the seal meal in it he gobbles it all up then drinks a whole bowl of water. I worry that he doesnt drink enough so I am always trying make sure he gets water.
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Old September 11th, 2005, 11:07 PM
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I am wondering if how a dog eats their meals may have anything to do with bloat. I so far haven't had to deal with it and I know there have been studies on the subject but it just makes me wonder if there are things such as this that may contribute.
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Old September 11th, 2005, 11:24 PM
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Here is a great link for Bloat.It should help you.

http://www.globalspan.net/bloat.htm
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Old September 11th, 2005, 11:26 PM
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I will check it out. I have read through several studies but I hadn't seen one that included whether or not the dog drinks water while they eat.
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Old September 11th, 2005, 11:32 PM
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This one tells you not to give water an hour before and an hour after they eat.

This has been the best link that I have seen.And since I owned my first GSD at 17,I reasearched Bloat long and hard.
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Old September 11th, 2005, 11:37 PM
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Thanks for that info Mona B, Joey usually has water with meals but now that I know this I will not give it to him with in an hour either way. Also excercise within two hours of a meal thats another one I didnt know about either. He is not on the high risk list for bloat. However he is a new dog in the household so he is slightly at risk.
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Old September 11th, 2005, 11:51 PM
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That is a great source of information.
I found what you did but didn't see any details(variables) of a study using just these factors.
I found the info on adding water to foods with citric acid interesting.

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Old September 12th, 2005, 01:42 AM
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Gypsey my 5yr old female GSD has her food from a stand and I always refill her bowl with fresh water before I feed her. I am curious about this subject but so far shes been fine, She does drink a few gulps while feeding.She gets fed once a day usually around 17:30hrs.
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Old September 12th, 2005, 07:10 PM
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Both of mine drink a "big" drink of water after they eat.

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Old September 12th, 2005, 07:12 PM
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My doggies take a little sip after eating. Anything more than that and I stop them (bloat )...
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Old September 12th, 2005, 10:53 PM
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Gypsey my 5yr old female GSD has her food from a stand and I always refill her bowl with fresh water before I feed her. I am curious about this subject but so far shes been fine, She does drink a few gulps while feeding.She gets fed once a day usually around 17:30hrs.
Please read the link.It states not to have the bowls elevated.And feeding should not be once a day,but broken down to 2-3 times a day.

Bloat happens mostly in Males.Not sure why.But my friend lost her St.Bernard to it.And she was a female.And Emily was only 8 months old.Now this is very rare.It's happens to adults.
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Old September 12th, 2005, 11:04 PM
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Now I'm all confused. I've always been told, by vets, dog trainers and dog owners alike that elevating your dog food bowls is good for them.
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Old September 12th, 2005, 11:06 PM
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Not anymore.
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Old September 13th, 2005, 01:41 AM
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Please read the link.It states not to have the bowls elevated.And feeding should not be once a day,but broken down to 2-3 times a day.

Bloat happens mostly in Males.Not sure why.But my friend lost her St.Bernard to it.And she was a female.And Emily was only 8 months old.Now this is very rare.It's happens to adults.
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I have read the link mona_b thats why I metioned what goes with my GSD and I've spoken to lots of other large dog oweners who feed this way with no problems. As I said I am curious about this. Maybe its a case of horses for courses
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Old September 13th, 2005, 01:21 PM
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Ummm, that was really confusing...
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Old September 27th, 2005, 04:37 PM
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My Neo loves his water so we won't let him have any untill he has finished his food. If we were to put both out at once he would just drink water and not eat his food. This way he knows if he eats his food he will get the water. As well a benifit to doing this is so that he washes his droopy face after eating.
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Old October 5th, 2005, 08:55 PM
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I almost lost my first dog to bloat when he was 5, so many things can cause it its hard to say what did when it happened to Travis. One thing he was always a nervous dog, so who knows. Tucker eats a little and will have a little drink, but he never eats a full meal, just kind of snacks through out the day.
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Old October 5th, 2005, 10:04 PM
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Odin varries. Sometimes he drinks a little before or after. Never during though.
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Old October 6th, 2005, 12:35 AM
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My awesome Japanese friend from Whistler tries her dog's food... She says "How do you know if it's not too salty if you don't taste it?" It's actually very logical, but no thanks.
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