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    Maggie rechecks her bowl at least three times after feeding. I imagine she would eat until she was a blimp. Would depend also on what is on offer.

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    How much can a dog eat ? The correct amount of food you give them every day...no more no less.

    Very dangerous idea seeing how much a dog will try to eat...I'm sure Chloe would try to eat a 20 kg bag of kibble if I let her and would most likely kill her. Mine are fed three small meals per day of the correct weight and are not allowed outside at least 30 mins before and after meals...Bloat kills so its not worth the risk.

    On pet rescue some time ago a GSD had Bloat...was rushed from rescue to the vet and survived and the vet bill was $5000...so is it worth the risk...I think not. Bloat is very painful and life threatening and can be avoided by feeding the right amount of food and your dog won't get fat too.
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    I'm not sure bloat is caused by over eating. It can happen when a dog eats too soon before or after exercise and some dogs just get it for no apparent reason.

    Tho I think it might be a little more likely if they're fed something that can swell up like dry kibble.

    I think that some breeds can be more prone to it too - ie genetically their gut is just not as well constructed and it twists back on itself when it shouldn't be able to.

    I take that back...
    GSV in the GSD

    Common Food/feeding related contributing factors of Bloat Cases:-

    1. Bloat is most commonly seen after the feeding of a large meal, especially if the dog is the type to eat its food very quickly. Some dogs may bloat within 5-15 minutes of eating a large meal, particularly if they run and jump about. The problem of bloat occurring immediately after a meal appears to be volume and time related ie. How much arrives in the stomach and how fast.
    So maybe fast food eating competitions are not such a good idea even if they're limited to 20 pieces of kibble...

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    I think when horses get it - it's called colic.

    You think a cow with four stomachs might not get it, but I guess that would be wrong...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I think when horses get it - it's called colic.

    You think a cow with four stomachs might not get it, but I guess that would be wrong...
    Sheep and cattle will bloat and die very quickly if you feed them a carbohydrate rich grain like wheat or pellets if they have not been introduced to it slowly and are not used to it. The carbohydrate ferments in their rumen causing a large amount of lactic acid to be produced which lowers the pH of their rumen causing all sorts of nasty things to happen including stopping their rumen. It is called lactic acidosis. I prefer to feed my sheep lupins because they have a much lower level of carbohydrate in the grain.

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    Horses can get colic from both overeating as well as eating the wrong food. A friends horse died a few weeks ago of colic, it's a truly horrible death

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    I would fear bloat...Bloat can happen due to overfeeding dry food......Kibble swelling and torsion can happen. There are differnt reasons for blaot, but in the large breeds, over feeding can be one reason

    We feed RAW..if they happen to acidentally overfeed (stolen) RAW, the just puke when the stomach is full. One of ours did that when a friendly delivery man left all the RAW on the verandah...but he only ate about 4kg
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    delivery men can be so clueless...

    My dad would say - they're not hired for their ability to think...

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