You probably know Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) better by its common name: bloat. It’s a life-threatening emergency in larger dogs resulting from excess gas in the stomach, which causes it to twist upon itself. It’s most common in large-breed, deep chested dogs.
But there is something that can be done to prevent it in high-risk pets—gastropexy. This surgical procedure involves surgically attaching the stomach to the wall of the dog’s body, preventing the “twisting” part of GDV. Often when bloat occurs it takes a while for owners to realize their pet is in distress, and this condition becomes fatal very quickly. If your dog is considered high-risk, gastropexy may be a true lifesaver.
So does your big dog really need that? The first step is to determine your dog’s risk of GDV.
If he or she is a young dog, gastropexy could possibly be done in conjunction with a spay/neuter, saving your pet the stress of a second surgery.