Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV), sometimes known as bloat, is a common condition that occurs in large breed dogs.  The bloating occurs when the stomach overfills with gas.  The stomach often will twist, causing the loss of its blood supply.  When this occurs, the patient experiences severe pain and if not treated urgently, the condition becomes fatal.  Even if the patient is treated, 70-80% of affected dogs will experience reoccurrence of the condition.  Prophylactic Gastropexy is recommended for the following breeds to prevent the occurrence of GDV.


Great Danes

German Shepherds

Saint Bernards


Irish Setters

Standard Poodles

Doberman Pinschers


The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt is equipped and trained to perform this surgery using a minimally invasive technique known as Laparoscopic Gastropexy.  Using this procedure, the stomach is tacked to the body wall to prevent twisting (volvulus).  By performing the surgery laparoscopically vs traditional approaches, anesthetic time is decreased, much smaller incisions are used (reducing risk of infection), and the patient experiences less pain and scarring, subsequently being able to resume normal activity much faster. Laparoscopic Gastropexy is commonly recommended to be performed at the time of spay or neuter in high risk breeds.


If your pet is a high-risk breed, and you are interested in protecting it from this very serious condition, contact The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in Summerfield, Guilford County, North Carolina to discuss the procedure with one of our veterinarians.  We will be happy to discuss risk factors, treatment, and prevention with you and to schedule an appointment for minimally invasive Laparoscopic Gastropexy to avoid the occurrence of this tragic condition.


The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt is located at 1012 NC Hwy 150 West, Summerfield, NC. 27358.  We may be reached at 336-643-2229.  Visit us on our website at


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