This month we had a very special case as Gypsy the Great Dane cross underwent a surgical procedure called a Gastropexy. As seen in the image, Nurse Misty helped Gypsy recover after her Gastropexy procedure. This procedure is to reduce the risk of Gastric dilation and volvulus syndrome "GDV" commonly known as Bloat. Larger breeds and breeds with a deep chest are most commonly effected.
GDV is a disease in dogs in which the animal’s stomach dilates and then rotates, or twists, around its short axis. When this happens, it applies pressure to the diaphragm and other organs, causing cardiovascular issues. This makes it difficult for your dog to breathe and for the heart to pump blood throughout the body. At this point your dog will go into shock.
Signs and symptoms of GDV
- Anxious behaviour
- Abdominal pain / enlarged and swollen
- Excessive drooling
- White foam around mouth
- Rapid heart beat
- Laboured breathing
- A weak pulse
- Pale Gums
GDV or Bloat is an emergency situation. Seek urgent veterinary assistance immediately.
Whilst we are still unsure what causes GDV or Bloat, it has been closely linked to the ingestion of large quantities of food in one sitting followed by exercise immediately after. A Gastropexy procedure is considered the most effective in preventing GDV or Bloat. Owners can also reduce the risk by feeding smaller meals throughout the day, feeding through a Kong toy or food puzzle (in order to avoid rapid ingestion) and avoid exercise directly after eating.
If you would like to know more about GDV or seek more information on a Gastropexy procedure, please contact the clinic.