Gastropexy (Twisted Stomach / Bloat)

Large breed dogs are susceptible to GDV also called a
twisted stomach. This can be prevented

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GDV Surgery


The consequences of not doing preventative
surgery could be life threatening for your pet
and very expensive for you.

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.


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Your pet can’t tell you where the pain is…

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.

Prophylactic Gastropexy

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.

Emergency Signs Of GDV
  • Initially your dog may appear restless and uncomfortable an hour or two after eating.
  • The abdomen starts to enlarge as the stomach fills up with gas.
  • The abdomen starts to get very big and hard and if you tap your fingers on the dog’s belly it feels like a drum.
  • Your dog may be trying to vomit but nothing is coming up.
  • Your dog may be trying to vomit and just bringing up saliva.
  • The gums will be quite pale.
  • Excessive drooling sometimes develops.
  • Breathing will be fast and shallow.
  • Heart rate will be greatly elevated.
  • Your dog will be very distressed as this progresses with pacing and panting.
Tips For Preventing GDV
  • Feed your pet smaller meals 2-3 times a day instead of one large meal.
  • Don’t exercise your pet after eating.
  • Feed wet food or a combination of wet and dry food to reduce the quantity of dry food ingestion.
  • There are special bowls to slow down how fast your dog can eat. Slow eating helps.
  • Consider prophylactic surgery. This can be done anytime but is a simple addition at the time of sterilization.
Experienced GDV Surgeons

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.

Prevention is better than cure

GDV is often fatal. Let us help your pet by doing a preventative surgery to prevent the stomach twisting.

  • Gastropexy
  • Xray
  • GDV surgery
  • Bloat V GDV diagnosis
  • Emergency and critical care

What to expect

# 1

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.

What to expect

# 2

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.

What to expect

# 3

Your dog will have a small incision in front of their umbilicus.

What to expect

# 4

There will only be mild discomfort for only a few days very similar to when your pet is sterilised.

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