Canine gastropexy is a surgical procedure performed to reduce the incidence of gastric dilatation volvulus (GVD). San Miguel Veterinary Clinic recommends this procedure for large breed dog like German Shepard, St Bernard, and Great Danes. GVD is a life-threatening condition in which the stomach flips over and expands, trapping air and gases in the stomach. Circulation to the stomach and spleen is subsequently interrupted resulting in shock which can be fatal.
With a gastropexy, the stomach is tacked to the right side of the abdominal wall, so it cannot shift or twist. Dogs can still bloat, but volvulus (twisting) of the stomach is prevented.