we have giant breed dogs, 2 bullmastiffs, Mabel and Ruby, 8 and 4 respectively and a 16week old st.Bernard pup. we have never encountered bloat..but it is always something I watch for and worry about. when Mabel was a pup(8yrs ago) it was suggested to feed from raised dishes...Now my saint breeder says that "trend" has gone by the way side and now some experts believe it may contribute to bloat. we feed small frequent meals and don't allow strenuous play around meal times, we also never with hold water to prevent large quantities from being consumed all at once. I am contemplating haveing a gastropexy(Sp? aka stomach tacked to the abdominal wall) on Adelaide(saint). Anybody else have this done on their dogs? what was the cost? Does it alleviate the worry? I am sure that having this done during the spay is the best and most economical way of going about it. Addys breeder however prefers her dogs not be spayed until the age of 2, supposedly she likes them to reach their "full potential" before the spay and to see how they have matured. Addy is very much pet quality, her muzzle is too long but as the breeder said "stranger things have happened". I don't think I would wait the full 2 years to have her stomach tacked.. Anyways any advice or experiences would be welcome. Thanks.