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Diet-related risk for gastric dilatation/volvulus (GDV)
Gastric torsion is a common and life-threatening emergency occuring especially in large dogs. Even if diagnosed and treated properly the mortality is rather high. Prevention is very important. Which effect has the diet?

1634 dogs were included in this prospective study, giving complete diet information over a five-year period.
106 dogs developed GDV, 212 dogs served a control group.

The dogs were categorized as consuming either a low volume or high volume of food based on the median number of cups fed per kg of body weight per meal.

Dogs fed a larger volume of food per meal were at a significantly (p <0,05) increased risk of GDV, regardless of the number of melas fed daily.

For both large and giant-breed dogs, the risk of GDV was highest for dogs fed a larger volume of food once daily.

Source: Raghavan M, Glickman N, McCabe G (2004): Diet-Related Risk Factors for Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus in Dogs of High-Risk Breeds. In: JAAHA 40:3, pp 192-203


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