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Bloating is one of the most soul-crushing experiences for dogs as well as dog owners, but unfortunately, it is an extremely common and most of the times, fatal occurrence. What makes it worse is that it can happen out of the blue. One minute, you can be playing around with a happy dog and the next can be a critical life and death emergency. But luckily, a fairly new preventive measure called Laparoscopy Gastropexy can now be taken.What exactly is dog bloating?
Bloating or Gastric Volvulus Dilation (GDV) is a medical condition in dogs where the stomach expands after being filled with excessive fluid and gas. The stomach then rotates itself, which leads to both ends of the stomach being twisted off. The fluids and the gas inside the dog’s stomach start to mix and ferment, resulting in increased pressure. Blood supply to the stomach is then cut off, and this leads to a number of problems that may eventually result in the death of your dog in only a few hours if not treated properly.But sadly, bloating is often so sudden and severe that around 50% of dogs still die even after emergency treatment. There is not much vets can do if the stomach has rotated.Usually, dog breeds with large chests are at a higher chance of suffering from bloating than others. These may include Great Danes, Boxers, Collies, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Blood Hounds, Rottweilers, Basset Hounds, etc.Symptoms of bloating in dogs
Bloating in dogs usually happen out of the blue as mentioned before. The chances of getting it are higher with age. Drinking excessive amount of water or eating a heavy meal, or playing and engaging in energy consuming exercises are activities that dogs commonly involve themselves in before bloating happens. Some common symptoms include excessive drooling, fatigue, tight or bloated stomach, not being able to throw up, groaning, whimpering and appearing to be in pain while being restless.Does Laparoscopy Gastropexy help?
Laparoscopy Gastropexy, or keyhole surgery is a preventive measure that is usually done at the same time you take your dog for neutering. In order to prevent the stomach from twisting should bloating ever happen, the sides are stitched to the abdominal wall. It should be noted that this surgery does not prevent bloating itself. It only prevents the twisting of the stomach, which is the most dangerous and life-threatening part of bloating. Laparoscopy gastropexy thus buys you more time to take your dog to the vet and receive treatment, reducing the risks involved.It is also extremely beneficial as it is minimally invasive and is a simple overnight procedure. There is very little pain involved and recovery speed is fast too.