Gastropexia at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital
You can never know for sure when trouble might strike your beloved pet. Even the routine act of eating can turn into a life-threatening emergency for some animals. A dangerous twisting of the stomach, commonly known as bloat, can be treated or even prevented through a technique known as gastropexy. Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital is happy to provide gastropexia for Las Vegas, NV, pets who can benefit from such procedures.
Treating and Preventing Gastric Dilatation Volvulus
Gastropexy is most commonly prescribed to combat the condition known as gastric dilatation volvulus, or bloat. In this condition, the stomach twists upon itself, closing off the digestive tract and allowing gas pressure to build up. Sometimes the spleen becomes twisted along with the stomach. It's also possible for the blood supply to the heart to be cut off. Damage to the spleen and stomach may result, possibly causing death. Several larger breeds of dogs like German Shepards, Boxers, and Great Danes are especially vulnerable to gastric dilatation volvulus. Watch for warning signs after your pet has had food or water, such as drooling, attempting to vomit, abdominal pain, and swelling after eating or drinking.
Gastropexy can stop an attack of gastric dilatation in its tracks. An incision is made in the abdomen, and the stomach is moved back into its normal position. This action immediately relieves the pressure on the stomach, spleen, and cardiac blood vessels, preventing further tissue damage and saving your pet's life. The stomach is then permanently attached to the abdominal wall to keep it from shifting in the future before the incision is closed.
Gastropexy isn't just an emergency treatment. It can also be administered as a preventative measure. If your dog is at risk for bloat, we may recommend that the stomach be anchored to the abdominal wall just to make sure that future cases of bloat are prevented.
Skilled Surgical Care for Las Vegas, NV, Pets
You can trust our skilled team to provide your pet with state-of-the-art surgical care for his gastropexy. Dogs can typically go home on the same day as the procedure. We will provide you with all the information and medication needed to ensure that your pet enjoys a normal, uncomplicated recuperation at home.
Does Your Dog Need a Gastropexy? Call Our Veterinary Clinic
Whether your dog is in urgent need of bloat treatment or simply qualifies as a good candidate for preventative gastropexy, Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital is the place to be. Call our Las Vegas veterinary clinic at (702) 259-9200 to learn more and arrange for prompt, effective care!