Billie, a beautiful 6 month old Chocolate Labrador, recently visited the clinic where she underwent a laparoscopic spey and gastropexy. The gastropexy was performed in addition to her spey procedure in order to prevent Gastric Dilation Volvulus.
Original theories suggested that GDV often occurred when the dog had eaten food too quickly or if they had exercised too soon after eating. The most current theory is that the stomach's contractions lose their regular rhythm and traps air in the stomach which can then cause the twisting. GDV occurs when the stomach twists. The dog feels nauseous and retches, so air is ingested into the stomach. The stomach then begins to swell in the abdomen and once the pressure builds too much, the dog then goes into shock resulting in death.
Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) also known as "bloat" is most commonly seen in large breed, deep chested dogs and can be fatal if left untreated. GDV is most commonly seen in dogs such as Great Danes, Bull Mastiffs, German Shepherds, Blood Hounds and Standard Poodles.
Attempts to treat GDV can be commenced but the chance of survival will greatly depend on the degree of distension, the level of shock, how quickly treatment has begun, and the presence of other diseases such as heart disease.
Gastropexy is a preventative procedure where the stomach is stitched to the abdomen wall to greatly reduce any chance of GDV occurring. This procedure can be performed laparoscopically (using a small camera and instruments) and is much less invasive, resulting in quicker patient recovery.
As expected, we are thrilled to report that 'Billie Babe' has recovered superbly and is almost back to her cheeky chocolatey labrador ways! We look forward to many more social visits from this beautiful girl.
If this is a procedure you are interested in us performing on your much loved pooch, please call the clinic on 9489 2195 to discuss it further.