Pet Prophylactic Gastropexy Veterinary Service in Tyler, TX
For all breeds at risk, prophylactic gastropexy is advised. Excellent visualization and quick recovery times are made possible by laparoscopy.
Pet Prophylactic Gastropexy
If they own a higher-risk animal, some pet owners might opt to have a procedure called a gastropexy carried out. This can be carried out concurrently with spaying or neutering as a preventative measure.
What is a gastropexy?
- A gastropexy is a surgical procedure in which the stomach is permanently attached to the body wall to keep it in place. Most commonly, this is done at the same time your dog is spayed or neutered, but it can easily be done at any time in your pet’s life.
- Most patients recover incredibly well, similar to having been spayed. They almost always go home on the same day as their surgery.
Why would I want to do this for my dog?
- Deep-chested dog breeds such as Great Danes, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Shepherds, and many others are at risk for developing a condition called Gastric Dilation and Volvulus, or GDV for short.
- When a GDV occurs, the stomach fills with gas and then rotates. This is a life-threatening condition that must be treated with emergency surgery.
A gastropexy keeps the stomach from rotating, so a GDV cannot occur. This gives many owners peace of mind.