Assistant Professor Laura Nelson of Michigan State University was awarded grant by the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation to research causes of bloat in dogs.
The team is investigating the role of motility in increased GDV risk.
Their aim is to define the biochemical and genetic factors that may be associated with hypomotility (abnormally weak contractions responsible for the digestion of food).
A new, noninvasive diagnostic tool, SmartPill® allows assessment of motility. The instrument measures acidity and pressure.
Along with motility, the researchers will also evaluate the potential role of hormones motilin and ghrelin, that regulate motility.
Identifying a gene mutation that is associated with risk of bloat, it could lead to generic tests for better breeding decisions. The findings might also provide additional information when considering gastropexy as a preventive procedure for high risk dogs.
Understanding canine bloat for better treatment