How to save a big dogs life?
Gastric bloat or GDV is a relatively common condition in large deep chested dogs. The stomach bloats with gas and rotates on its axis obstructing its own blood flow. This is a dire emmergency, often occuring in the evening, and is 100% fatal without surgery. With surgery it will still be a fatal event in between 15-33% of dogs. Upto one in three Great Danes will have this condition in their lifetime. After an episode 50% of dogs will have another if no preventative surgery is done. A large cost may be incurred at an emmergency centre for care during a crisis.
The surgery to prevent the stomach catastrophically rotating is called a gastropexy. It involves permanently attaching the right side of the stomach to the right abdominal wall. Studies show this does not harm stomach function.
Now with a much less painful technique it is far more reasonable to offer a preventative surgery with at risk dogs. Peace of mind.
This procedure can be done on its own or at the same time as a laparoscopic spey and requires only a relatively small skin incision of 4.5-5cm.
At risk breeds include giants like Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds, Mastiffs, Saint Bernards, Burnese Mountain Dogs and Newfoundlands.
Other breeds with higher risk include German Shepherds, Wemaraners, Boxers, Rottweillers and Standard Poodles. If there is any close family history of GDV then this group of dogs are also candidates for preventative surgery.