What breeds get bloat and gastric dilatation and volvulus? The large breeds and dogs with a deep chest such as German Shepherds, Great Dane’s, Labradors and Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, Mastiffs,
Weimaraners, Dobermans, Saint Bernards, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Akitas, Chow Chows and Standard Poodles.
Diagnosing the cause of the pain is often the first step. Some injuries need surgery to correct for example. Sometimes it can be challenging to work out which bit is hurting. We have advanced CT imaging which can help diagnose ligament, tendon and spinal pain when X-Rays cannot.
A gastric dilatation and volvulus or GDV can be prevented by attaching the surface of the stomach to the inside of the abdominal cavity. This is called a gastropexy. There are different techniques for this but the recent recommendation from specialist surgeons and university teaching hospitals is a technique called an incisional gastropexy. We use this technique because it has less complications than older techniques such as the belt loop gastropexy. An incisional gastropexy can be performed at any age but is recommended at the time of sterilization so that your pet doesn’t have to have a second anaesthetic and surgery.
We certainly hope this doesn’t happen to your pet but if you have an emergency, our veterinarians are experienced at diagnosing the difference between “bloat” and GDV and we are experienced at GDV surgery to maximise survival outcomes. Unfortunately a GDV is often fatal. It is best to prevent this happening in the first place.
GDV is often fatal. Let us help your pet by doing a preventative surgery to prevent the stomach twisting.
If you have a new puppy that is a large breed dog, one of our experienced nurses will discuss prevention of GDV at the time of vaccination.
If your pet is being sterilised with us, we will offer you a prophylactic gastropexy at this time because it means your pet only needs to have one anaesthetic and one surgery instead of coming back.
The most convenient and least expensive way of having a prophylactic gastropexy is with sterilisation, however this can be done at any time.
Your dog will have a small incision in front of their umbilicus.
There will only be mild discomfort for only a few days very similar to when your pet is sterilised.
Social distancing is easy for pets and people in our spacious waiting areas.