Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) is a life-threatening condition affecting dogs where the stomach becomes bloated (dilated) and twists, with catastrophic consequences.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Gastric Dilatation Volvulus in dogs, and what to expect when bringing your pet in for surgery.
Which breeds are affected?
Giant and large breed dogs are most at risk for GDV, and those with a deep chest also have an increased risk. Breeds that are particularly predisposed to this condition include Great Danes, Weimaraners, Saint Bernards, Irish Wolfhounds and standard poodles.
What is Gastropexy?
Gastropexy is a surgical procedure performed to permanently attach the most freely mobile part of a dog’s stomach to its body wall. This is the part that twists in GDV, so by attaching it to the body wall, twisting is prevented. Gastropexy reduces the risk of a GDV by 80% or more, and carries low risk when performed as a preventative surgery.
How is gastropexy performed at Moorabbin Veterinary Hospital?
Gastropexy is a routine procedure performed through an opening in the abdomen usually at the time of desexing.
When is the best time to do a gastropexy?
Preventative gastropexy is usually performed at the same time as desexing but can be done as a standalone procedure.
How else can GDV be prevented?
One important Precaution to prevent bloat is to slow down food intake which can be achieved by using specific food bowls made for this purpose. Another important risk factor is genetics.