Diet-related Risk Factors for Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus in Dogs of High-Risk Breeds

J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. May-Jun 2004;40(3):192-203. doi: 10.5326/0400192.

Abstract

A nested case-control study was conducted among 1634 dogs with complete diet information in a 5-year prospective study to determine diet-related risk factors for gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV). Cases included 106 dogs that developed GDV; controls included 212 dogs without GDV that were frequency matched to cases by year of GDV onset. Proportionate energy consumed from major food types and from carbohydrates was determined. Dogs were categorized as consuming either a low volume or high volume of food based on the median number of cups of food 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 meals 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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animal Feed / adverse effects*
  • Animals
  • Breeding
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Dog Diseases / etiology*
  • Dogs
  • Eating*
  • Female
  • Gastric Dilatation / etiology
  • Gastric Dilatation / veterinary*
  • Male
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Stomach Volvulus / etiology
  • Stomach Volvulus / veterinary*