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DENVER/February 11, 2021 – Having a dog diagnosed with bloat (also called gastric dilatation volvulus), is a scary event for any dog owner, and one veterinarians regularly face in their clinic. The latest episode of Morris Animal Foundation’s Fresh Scoop podcast, with guest Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski, addresses the why’s and how’s of bloat and treatment, and sheds light on recent advances in research.

Host Dr. Kelly Diehl discusses with Dr. Rozanski the physiology of bloat, factors affecting prognosis, and prevention. Dr. Rozanski also talks about her Foundation-funded research, investigating how bloat affects blood clotting and heart function.

Gastric dilatation volvulus is a life-threatening condition where a dog’s stomach rotates, cutting off blood supply and trapping gas and food in the stomach. New information suggests that the fermentation of stomach contents, rather than simply excess swallowing of air, might play a bigger role in this disease than previously expected. Bloat most commonly affects large breed, deep-chested dogs, but can be seen in any breed.

Dr. Rozanski is an associate professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and a Morris Animal Foundation-funded researcher. She also is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

Fresh Scoop is Morris Animal Foundation’s monthly veterinary science podcast designed to appeal to practicing veterinarians, veterinary technicians and students, as well as animal-loving science geeks. Episodes are available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and the Foundation’s podcast page.

Morris Animal Foundation, headquartered in Denver, is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding more than $136 million in studies across a broad range of species.

About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Founded by a veterinarian in 1948, we fund and conduct critical health studies for the benefit of all animals. Learn more at morrisanimalfoundation.org.