Zack is an 11 year old German Shepherd that presented to us as an out of hours emergency call. He was pale, collapsed, retching and had a distended, hard abdomen. His pulses were also very weak. Pain relief was administered and a radiograph was performed, confirming a distended, gas filled abdomen. This is known as a Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV). (See top left image on collage) This is a life threatening condition that occurs when a dog’s stomach dilates and twists – also known as bloat.
The exact cause of a GDV is unknown however large, deep chested dogs pose a higher risk.
Options were discussed with his owners and they elected to go ahead with surgery. Unfortunately this carried high risks and Zack’s prognosis was very guarded.
Tim Rogers and Eleanor Graham operated on Zack, first untwisting his stomach and then performing a gastropexy (stitching his stomach wall to the abdominal wall to prevent it from rotating again). Recovery was smooth and Zack was monitored in the hospital, receiving critical care nursing over the next 48 hours.
We are so pleased to report that despite his initial prognosis Zack went on to make a full recovery!! Our team were so dedicated in helping Zack and seeing him now makes it all worthwhile.
Zack’s lovely owners have sent in adorable photos of him back to his normal self, as you can see at the bottom of the collage.