Case report: Gastric Dilatation Volvulus/Bloat

Maggie, a 12-year old female spayed German Shepherd, came to the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia’s Emergency Division. Maggie was diagnosed with an emergency condition commonly known as Bloat and was rushed into emergency surgery. The medical term for Bloat is Gastric Dilatation Volvulus or GDV. GDV occurs when a dog’s stomach becomes enlarged or dilated with gas and/or food that cannot escape and then the stomach twists.

During surgery the doctor quickly untwisted Maggie’s stomach and performed a Gastropexy. Grastropexy is the tacking of the stomach to the abdominal wall to help prevent the stomach from twisting again. Maggie recovered well from surgery and was started on antibiotics and pain medications. She stayed at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia for two days then was discharged with strict instructions to rest until her sutures came out.

Two weeks later Maggie came in and had her sutures removed and was a healthy, happy dog again!