Time to acknowledge some compliments and answer questions.
Thank you for saving my dog’s life. I had read “What Promotes Bloat?” in the January 2005 issue. The article made a huge impact on me because it described the alarming way that a perfectly healthy dog would die within minutes/hours from a seemingly random act. With bloat (also known as GDV, for “gastric dilation and volvulus”), instead of passing gas normally, the dog’s stomach twists, cutting off blood supply to the entire area. In subsequent issues, there have been occasional letters to the editor thanking Whole Dog Journal for the article and for saving a dog’s life. Those letters kept the memory of the disorder fresh in my mind.