|Barked: Mon Dec 6, '10 7:59pm PST |
|A barrel chest refers to a dog with a large deep chest.
A 'Deep chest', view from the front or rear is more narrow than the view from the side. If measuring the diameter of chest from side to side measures less than top to bottom. One reference has the chest extending to the dog's 'elbows' as a good measure of deep chestedness.
As in these photos:
Hazel's fur comes close to the elbow, but her chest doesn't. And her chest is not much larger than her waist and hips.
The risk factors are higher under the following criteria.
Large or giant breed
family history of bloat
fed dry food only
fed one meal a day
elevated food dish
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