A Gastropexy is the surgical attachment of the stomach to the body wall (muscle to muscle). It is the most effective means of prevention against gastric dilatation and volvulus. Animals that are most at risk of GDV (gastric dilatation volvulus) are large breed, deep-chested dogs. At All Pet Complex a preventative Gastropexy is done as a minimally invasive procedure using a laparoscope.
GDV is a life-threatening disorder that involves a gas-filled stomach (also know as 'bloat') that then twists upon itself. This is a medical emergency that requires surgery to correct.
Some of the large breeds more prone to GDV include German Shepherds, Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Weimaraners, Irish Setters, Gordon Setters, Standard Poodles, Basset Hounds, Doberman Pinschers and Old English Sheepdogs. However, any dog can bloat, even Dachshunds and Chihuahuas. GDV usually occurs two to three hours after eating a large meal.