Friday, January 31, 2014

Veterinary Highlights: Do You Have A Breed At High Risk Of Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV)?

Gastric Dilatation & Volvulus (GDV) is a common life threatening and often fatal condition of large and giant breed dogs.

Colorado State University veterinarians are launching a clinical study in big dogs (over 80 pounds).

The study will evaluate stomach function and gastrointestinal motility prior and after a laparoscopic gastropexy, which will be performed at a discounted rate.

GI Motility will be measured using a "SmartPill" capsule. For the duration of the study (10 weeks), the enrolled dogs will be have to be fed exclusively Purina E/N diet.

Initial visit, bloodwork and the required diet will be provided free of charge.

The study focus is learning what happens in the GI tract in dogs that have undergone gastropexy.

Prophylactic gastropexy is a measure considered in dogs at high risk of gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV). It is a surgical procedure to permanently attach the stomach to the inside of the body wall. This effectively prevents dilatation or bloating of the stomach in approximately 95% of dogs. The word laparoscopic indicates the type of minimally invasive procedure.

For more information, you can contact Dr. Eric Monnet, Dr. Kristin Coleman or Geri Baker at (970) 297-5000.

Source article:
CSU veterinarians seek big dogs to undergo stomach surgery and digestive evaluation

Further reading:
Preventing Torsion When Bloating with Prophylactic Gastropexy
Laparascopic Gastropexy

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