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What is Bloat?

Bloat; The Mother of All Emergencies

By: John Crumley DSC_0303-001

I want to take this opportunity to let you know of a severe, life-threatening syndrome that affects large breed dogs and a recent advance in preventative surgery for the condition.

Since your pet is a large breed dog, you may have heard of gastric dilatation volvulus complex, also referred to as “bloat” or “GDV.” This syndrome occurs in certain breeds, specifically large “deep-chested” breeds. The stomach dilates with gas and food and then begins an abnormal rotation (illustrated on the illustration-dog-bloat-500ximage to the left). This can happen very rapidly, often in hours, and if untreated results in obstruction of the stomach and death. Treatment consists of aggressive fluid therapy and prompt surgical correction. The success of treatment ranges from 60 to 80%, thus unfortunately, some of the patients die despite our best efforts. Cost of the procedure, excluding the obvious emotional cost, can range from $1,500 to $5,000.

Although this syndrome is not encountered every day in predisposed breeds, the severity of the condition has incited us to explore the latest surgical techniques to both correct and prevent it.

In the past the surgical procedure to prevent this syndrome (gastropexy) had to be performed with a more traditional surgical approach with a recovery time of 7 to 10 days and a 6 to 12 inch abdominal incision. Our hospital has invested in laparoscopic equipment and advanced surgical training for our doctors to enable us to perform surgeries such as this with minimal incision size and recovery time for the patient. We often recommend preforming this procedure during the time of great_dane_stock_7_by_sigarnistock-d3hwnnjthe spay or neuter. The surgery for the gastropexy can now be performed with two small incisions (less than 1 inch in many cases) with a recovery time of 2 to 4 days. If you have any questions on whether your pet would benefit from a preventative surgery please call us and speak with Dr. Baker, Dr Davidson, or me about the details of this surgery.

Why Spaying and Neutering  Are Important.

By: John Crumley DVM

I neutered Steven, my cat, when he was six months old.  When I adopted my dog, Seneca, I made sure she was spayed before I brought her home.  There are both ethical and medical reasons to spay and neuter our pets. With all of the pet overpopulation issues, it’s nice to guarantee there will be no unwanted pregnancies.
In my mind, the medical benefits to spaying and neutering are so great, pet owners should, in most cases, have their pets neutered.  Spaying prevents estrus, commonly referred to as being in heat.  The several weeks of bleeding is enough to convince most people to spay their dogs, but roaming behavior also increases during this time, which leads to a higher risk of being hit-by-a-car or fighting (especially in cats).  By going through even their first heat cycle, the risk of mammary cancer increases significantly.  Mammary cancer is virtually unheard of if the dog or cat was spayed before its first heat cycle.  By spaying, we can also prevent a serious uterine infection called a pyometra in dogs and cats.  We frequently have to perform an emergency spay and hospitalize these very sick animals.  It’s much easier on our pets and less expensive to spay them when they are young and healthy vs. older and in critical condition.

In male dogs, neutering  eliminates testicular cancer, and reduces the risk of prostate diseases (such as benign enlargement and infection) and tumors and hernias around the anal region.   In addition roaming and some aggressive behaviors are reduced by neutering, as well as marking (spraying) in cats.

By spaying Seneca and neutering Steven, I helped make them healthier and safer and I’m not contributing to the pet overpopulation problem.