actually basset are not real high on the list of dogs that bloat but some certainly do. First check out the unversity of prudue's studies on bloat you will find out bloat is not a young dog problem. The chance of a dog bloating grows as it ages. The chance of puppy bloat is minute.We've never had a dog that was predisposed to bloat and was curious about proper amounts to feed him.[/b]
Non-dietary risk factors for gastric dilatation-volvulus in large and giant breed dogs
Results and Clinical Relevance-Cumulative incidence of GDV during the study was 6% for large breed and giant breed dogs. Factors significantly associated with an increased risk of GDV were increasing age, having a first-degree relative with a history of GDV, having a faster speed of eating, and having a raised feeding bowl. Approximately 20 and 52% of cases of GDV among the large breed and giant breed dogs, respectively, were attributed to having a raised feed bowl. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2000;217:1492-1499)[/b]
As for how much to feed, there is and can never be a set guidline. feed the dog and adjust as you go. for young pups 3 or 4 times a day eventual getting down to two times when adults. The biggest risk with basset puppies and meals is overfeed which can lead to longer term health problems and is associated with orthopeadic conditions as well. Purina studies have shown it is better for the dog to be slightly lean than overweight. Given that the average owners perception for a basset is actual one that is overwieght man so called health problems associate with a basset structure are not because of the structure but rather a life time of obeisity.
Optimal feeding of large breed puppiesJennifer Larsen DVM, MS
Resident, Small Animal Clinical Nutrition
Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
Keep in mind overfeeding any food is one of the most common cause of many of these problems.
Dog Diet Do's and Don’t's
This is much thinner than was typical in the past but recent studies have show the great health benefits from maintaining a lean body conditionAccording to Dr. Tony Buffington, Professor of Clinical Nutrition, Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, your puppy can be fed a regimen of specific caloric intake compared to his body condition score (BCS), using a simple one to five scale, from overly thin to obese. Using manufacturer feeding recommendations as an initial starting point, feed your puppy to a score of two and maintain this weight until he's fully grown. ...
2 = Thin - Ribs easily palpated and may be visible with no palpable fat. Tops of lumbar vertebrae visible. Pelvic bones less prominent. Obvious waist and abdominal tuck.[/b]
for a visual chart see Puppy Body Condition System
Note! you are supoose to be able to see the ribs on a puppy