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Postby pitbullmamaliz » April 25th, 2009, 6:30 pm

I remember reading in another thread (maybe the "Vomiting" thread?) about how you shouldn't put water in your dog's kibble as it increases bloat. I always put water in Inara's food. Ever since I started her back on kibble about 2 years ago I pour a little water over it to make a "gravy." In the cold weather it's warm water, in the hot weather it's cool water. I'm not pouring gallons on it, maybe a cup. Is that really a problem?
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Postby mnp13 » April 25th, 2009, 7:41 pm

My mom's vet told them to put water in their Standard Poodle's water to help prevent bloat. :|
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » April 25th, 2009, 7:42 pm

I would think it's a good thing - it really slows her down when she eats. It's probably like elevated vs floor feeding - whatever works for your dog?
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Postby ArtGypsy » April 25th, 2009, 7:43 pm

I've always put water in my dog's dry kibble... :|
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Postby Malli » April 25th, 2009, 8:37 pm

if I need to get Oscar to eat, its almost a gaurantee that he'll eat his kibble if I add water to it...


I think it doesn't matter either way, the stomach will soak it anyway :|


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Postby SisMorphine » April 25th, 2009, 9:02 pm

Water in the kibble prevents bloat. It is less of an issue with high grade kibble. But I think we've all seen that piece of Eukanuba explode when it hits a bowl of water, correct? When you're feeding a low grade kibble and you feed it dry, it will expand when it hits the dog's stomach. So by allowing the kibble to soak prior to it being injested it doesn't have the same sudden explosion upon entering the stomach.

But truthfully a high grade kibble doesn't expand very much at all, so soaking it doesn't matter either way.
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Postby airwalk » April 25th, 2009, 9:14 pm

I too add a small amount of water to gravy it up, have for years, and my dogs have all lived to be very old
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Postby BullyLady » April 25th, 2009, 9:49 pm

SisMorphine wrote:Water in the kibble prevents bloat. It is less of an issue with high grade kibble. But I think we've all seen that piece of Eukanuba explode when it hits a bowl of water, correct? When you're feeding a low grade kibble and you feed it dry, it will expand when it hits the dog's stomach. So by allowing the kibble to soak prior to it being injested it doesn't have the same sudden explosion upon entering the stomach.

But truthfully a high grade kibble doesn't expand very much at all, so soaking it doesn't matter either way.


That's always what I heard too, that adding water prevents bloat. When I fed kibble I put water in it and we never had a problem with Sirius bloating. Well, or Shelby either, but she's less prone.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » April 25th, 2009, 10:42 pm

I didn't know that about low-end kibble. I only add water because I would imagine it makes it more palatable, and it slows her down a bit. That's interesting, Alyssa!
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Postby BritneyP » April 25th, 2009, 10:49 pm

SisMorphine wrote:Water in the kibble prevents bloat. It is less of an issue with high grade kibble. But I think we've all seen that piece of Eukanuba explode when it hits a bowl of water, correct? When you're feeding a low grade kibble and you feed it dry, it will expand when it hits the dog's stomach. So by allowing the kibble to soak prior to it being injested it doesn't have the same sudden explosion upon entering the stomach.

But truthfully a high grade kibble doesn't expand very much at all, so soaking it doesn't matter either way.


She took the words right outta my mouth! This is exactly the reason why you should add water to kibble.. :wink:
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Postby SisMorphine » April 25th, 2009, 10:51 pm

BritneyP wrote:She took the words right outta my mouth!

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Postby iluvk9 » April 26th, 2009, 10:39 am

I get a high quality kibble and always add water. One meal I let is soak a little, the next meal I don't.
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Postby ArtGypsy » April 26th, 2009, 10:29 pm

iluvk9 wrote:I get a high quality kibble and always add water. One meal I let is soak a little, the next meal I don't.

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Postby dlynne1123 » April 27th, 2009, 8:54 am

BullyLady wrote:
SisMorphine wrote:Water in the kibble prevents bloat. It is less of an issue with high grade kibble. But I think we've all seen that piece of Eukanuba explode when it hits a bowl of water, correct? When you're feeding a low grade kibble and you feed it dry, it will expand when it hits the dog's stomach. So by allowing the kibble to soak prior to it being injested it doesn't have the same sudden explosion upon entering the stomach.

But truthfully a high grade kibble doesn't expand very much at all, so soaking it doesn't matter either way.


That's always what I heard too, that adding water prevents bloat. When I fed kibble I put water in it and we never had a problem with Sirius bloating. Well, or Shelby either, but she's less prone.



I agree, I always heard to put water in the food to prevent bloat. It actually limits the space in their tummy, and its supposed to slow the eating process a bit. Can't say my dogs are slowed down but I guess bobbing for applies makes them think a bit. :dance:
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