There's a theory that dogs are more likely to bloat during the week of a full moon. The tides are controlled by the moon, so why wouldn't it affect a dog that is 80% water? A survey has been set up to see if there is any correlation. If you or anyone you know has had a dog bloat please take the survey. If it's true it could help many owners. They could avoid surgeries, vaccines, feed differently, avoid stress like boarding, showing etc. with dogs more prone to bloat the week of the full moon. http://www.eastwooddanes.com/Full_Moon_Bloat.html
I had a setter die of bloat in 1988. Unfortunately, it was a very long time ago and I personaly don't think it had to do with the moon in anyway. As a matter of fact, nearly his entire litter died of bloat. I believe it was gentic.
I have pasted the following from the Irish Setter Club of America concerning bloat. I hope I haven't violated any copyright law Bloat The largest study ever undertaken into the causes and risk factors leading to bloat (gastric dilatation volvulus- GDV) in large and giant breed dogs was undertaken at Purdue University over a period of 5 years. The study was conducted by Dr. Larry Glickman at Purdue and involved almost 2,000 dogs. The study was begun with support from Morris Animal Foundation and ISCA. We were one of the first breeds to enter the study and our participation gave impetus to the AKC Canine Health Foundation to enter. As a result eleven breeds were included in the study. Findings were published in several issues of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and summaries appeared in several issues of the ISCA Memo To Members starting in April, 2000. More complete information can be found on the Purdue Epidemiology website.
danemom, what organization is doing this research concerning moon phases?