Risk Factors for Gastric Dilatation in Irish Setter Dogs

J Small Anim Pract. 1998 Apr;39(4):185-90. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.1998.tb03627.x.

Abstract

Questionnaires were used to obtain data about Irish setters with gastric dilatation (GD) and control Irish setters. The risk of GD increased with age (P < 0.01) but was not associated with gender. Age and gender-matched controls were compared with cases (n = 74). Predisposing risks were aerophagia (unadjusted odds ratio 12.44, P < 0.001), a single food type (adjusted odds ratio 3.15, P < 0.01) and feeding once daily (adjusted odds ratio 2.90, P < 0.02). Apparent risk from a dry food diet and a condition score of less than 2 was not confirmed by logistic regression. Precipitating risks were recent kennelling (unadjusted odds ratio 100, P < 0.005) or a car journey (unadjusted odds ratio 3.29, P < 0.025). No risk was attributed to intensity or duration of exercise, temperament, appetite, speed of eating, vomiting or diarrhoea.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Animals
  • Breeding
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Diet / adverse effects
  • Diet / veterinary
  • Dog Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Dog Diseases / etiology
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gastric Dilatation / epidemiology
  • Gastric Dilatation / etiology
  • Gastric Dilatation / veterinary*
  • Incidence
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Odds Ratio
  • Physical Conditioning, Animal
  • Risk Factors
  • Stomach Volvulus / epidemiology
  • Stomach Volvulus / etiology
  • Stomach Volvulus / veterinary
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Travel