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Preventative Gastropexy

January 16, 2024

Large and giant breed dogs with deep chests are at risk of developing a life-threatening condition called Gastric Dilation and Volvulus. This is where the stomach fills with gas and twists on its axis. The twisting process blocks the blood supply to the stomach and the outflow of food and gas. This can lead to death of the stomach wall and subsequent stomach rupture, shock, and death of the animal.
Preventative surgery can be performed on “high risk” dogs, and it is typically done at desexing time. The abdomen is opened, and an incision is made through the first 2 layers of the stomach wall. An apposing incision is made in the body wall and the stomach stitched to the body wall. This allows the stomach to fill with gas, but it cannot rotate.
If you have a giant breed or a deep chested dog, this procedure will be discussed with you during your dog’s puppy vaccination course. If you have any queries, please contact the clinic on 07 888 8197