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Reduce The Risk Of GDV

Gastropexy is the proactive step every responsible pet owner should consider to safeguard their beloved companions from the life-threatening risks of gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) also known as bloat.

What Is GDV?

Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), commonly known as bloat or twisted stomach.

GDV is a life-threatening emergency in which the stomach fills with gas and twists on itself. 

This condition can rapidly lead to a decrease in blood flow to the stomach and other organs, potentially causing tissue damage, shock, and death.

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Surgery Options For GDV

Traditional Gastropexy

Traditional gastropexy involves creating a permanent attachment between the stomach and the abdominal wall, preventing the stomach from twisting and reducing the risk of recurrence.


The surgeon creates a midline incision in the abdomen, the size is dependent on specific circumstances. The stomach is then identified and is sutured to the body wall, creating a permanent attachment. 

This surgery is often performed as part as other procedures such as spaying or neutering for prevention, especially in larger breeds that are susceptible to GDV.

It may also been done as an emergency if GDV has already occured. 

Keyhole Gastropexy

Keyhole Gastropexy, also known as Laparoscopic Gastropexy is a minimally invasive technique. 


It is performed using a laparoscope, a thin tube with a camera and light source, which allows the surgeon to view and perform the procedure through small incisions in the dogs abdomen.

This results in less trauma to the tissues, reduced postoperative pain and a quicker recovery.

This procedure can also be carried out as part as a keyhole spay.

Benefits Of A Gastropexy


GDV is life-threatening, by performing a gastropexy the stomach is secured into place, reducing the risk of twisting. 


Dogs that have undergone a gastropexy are less likely to experience torsion of the stomach, leading to higher survival rates. 


Bloat is a medical emergency, GDV can occur suddenly and progress rapdily. A preventative gastropexy can reduce the risk of GDV.


If a dog has a history of bloating and undergoes surgery to correct it, a gastropexy can be performed at the same time to prevent future occcurrences.


A preventative gastropexy can offer peace of mind knowing that the risk of GDV has been significantly minimised. This can lead to an improved quality fo life for both you and your dog. 


Which dog breeds are more susceptible to GDV?

The exact cause of GDV is not well understood, but there is a higher incidence in large and giant breeds. Some of the dog breeds that are more susceptible to GDV include:

  • Great Dane
  • Saint Bernard
  • Weimaraner
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Standard Poodle
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • German Shepherd
  • Boxer
  • Borzoi
  • Bloodhound
  • Akita
  • Rottweiler
  • Collie
  • Greyhound
  • Newfoundland
  • Old English Sheepdog

Does gastropexy elimate the risk of developing GDV?

While gastropexy significantly reduces the risk of GDV, it doesn't eliminate all possibilities. Dogs should still be monitored for any signs of bloat or distress, and other preventive measures, such as proper diet and avoiding vigorous exercise after meals, should be taken.

What is the recovery time for gastropexy?

Recovery time can vary, but most dogs recover within a few weeks. Post-operative care includes monitoring for signs of infection or complications and restricting activity during the initial healing period.

What are the risks associated with gastropexy?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, including those associated with anesthesia and the surgical process. However, the benefits of preventing GDV often outweigh the potential risks.

How long does a gastropexy last?

Gastropexy is considered a permanent procedure, and once performed, it provides a long-lasting preventative effect against GDV throughout the dog's life.

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