Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), also known as bloat is a potential fatal condition, particularly threatening deep-chested dog breeds. The definite cause is not known, which makes attempts for prevention that much harder.
Preventive gastropexy is a relatively new procedure which can dramatically reduce the risk.
Owners of susceptible dog breeds can have this done at the same time the dog is being neutered or spayed. Laparoscopic gastropexy involves attaching to stomach to the body wall to prevent it from twisting.
It's a minimally invasive, very cool procedure. This video shows how it's done.
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