Shiraz, our 5 month old Great Dane puppy patient came into the clinic last month to be desexed and have a special surgical procedure called "gastropexy". Gastropexy is the surgical attachment of the stomach to the abdominal wall to prevent its ability to twist on itself if the stomach does fill with air or food. This surgical procedure is recommended specifically for prevention of a common medical/ surgical emergency known as "bloat" or Gastric Dilatation and Volvolus (GDV) in deep chested dogs (such as Great Danes, German Shepherd, Irish Wolfhands).
GDV is a life threatening emergency wherein the dog's stomach gets filled with air that causes it to turn or twist which then cuts off the blood circulation to the stomach and possibly other abdominal organs. With lots of pampering and some small changes to her exercise and feeding regime post-operatively, Shiraz recovered extremely well after her major surgery, and was able to go home to enjoy the Christmas festivity.