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Causes of Bloat in Dogs

The definitive cause of bloat in dogs is unknown. However, veterinary scientists have identified a number of potential risk factors, including:

Causes of Bloat in Dogs


  • Rapid eating or drinking
  • Eating only one large meal a day
  • A dry-food-only diet
  • Heavy exercise after a meal
  • Anxious or easily stressed personality
  • Abnormal gastric motility
  • Hormone secretion
  • Male gender
  • Being underweight
  • Advanced age
  • Deep-chested breeds

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