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Item for Your Travel First Aid Kit

November 2011 Barker


Because bloat is a major concern for numerous breeds, this suggestion from a good friend in a giant breed might be of help – at least until one can get the animal to a veterinarian. Gas-X thin strips that dissolve on the tongue can quiet the stomach and relieve the animal temporarily, perhaps preventing death. In fact, it is reported that in pre-bloat conditions it might prevent a full blown case. Perhaps it would be a good idea for owners and handlers of large bloat-prone breeds to carry these with them on the road where animals seem most stressed. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” was the wise advice of Ben Franklin and still worth practicing today.

(Reprinted with permission from Dog News, Sept. 9, 2011, Inside the Sport, by Pat Trotter. Pat is the 2003 Hound Group Breeder of the Year Winner – Vin-Melca Norwegian Elk-hounds, AKC Judge, Dog News Columnist, Symposium pre-senter, and author of Born to Win: Breed to Succeed.)
And now reprinted from the Gilbert’s K 9 Report.

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