What is Gastric Torsion?
Gastric torsion, or bloat, is a life-threatening condition that occurs when your pet’s stomach twists on itself, trapping gas and food inside. This condition can cause a variety of complications, such as decreased blood flow to vital organs, rupture of the stomach wall, and shock. Gastric torsion is most commonly seen in large breed dogs, and it can be triggered by factors such as exercise after a meal, eating too quickly, or drinking large amounts of water.
What is Gastropexy?
Gastropexy is a surgical procedure that involves attaching your pet’s stomach to the abdominal wall to prevent it from twisting on itself. This procedure can be performed prophylactically, meaning before your pet has experienced gastric torsion, to prevent the condition from occurring.
What are the Benefits of Gastropexy?
Gastropexy can provide significant peace of mind for pet owners who are concerned about the risk of gastric torsion. This procedure can also prevent long-term complications, such as chronic gastrointestinal issues or surgical complications associated with treating gastric torsion.
What is the Recovery Process Like?
After the procedure, your pet will need to rest and recover for a few days. We will provide you with detailed instructions for post-operative care, including pain management and monitoring for any signs of complications. Your pet may need to wear an Elizabethan collar to prevent them from licking or scratching at the surgical site.
At VIP Animal Hospital, we understand that every pet is unique, and we strive to provide personalized care tailored to your pet’s individual needs. If you are concerned about the risk of gastric torsion in your pet, please contact us to schedule a consultation. Our experienced veterinarians will be happy to discuss this procedure with you and help you make an informed decision about your pet’s care.