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This veterinary surgical procedure utilized for the prevention of Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) or “bloat,” is highly effective and noninvasive.

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), or bloat, occurs when the stomach fills with gas and fluid and twists on itself, obstructing blood flow to the stomach and abdominal organs. If untreated it rapidly progresses to shock and death.

Fortunately, this syndrome is preventable with a gastropexy procedure commonly referred to as “stomach tacking.” When properly performed, this treatment almost completely eliminates the risk of GDV. Gastropexies are performed during an open abdominal surgery or a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure.

During the LAG, a small incision just behind the umbilicus allows the scope (or camera) to visualize internal organs.  A second incision on the last right rib enables the surgeon to suture the stomach to the body wall (the gastropexy).  WestVet provides a laparoscopic photograph for your records.


WestVet surgeons recommend LAG for dogs at risk. This includes large, deep-chested breeds such as Great Danes and German Shepherds or dogs with a first-degree relative that has had Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus.

Recovery from LAG or “bloat” prevention surgery

Since LAG is a minimally invasive procedure, recovery is quick. Most dogs go home from the hospital the same day or the following morning. Dogs may eat and go on short walks several hours after surgery. Activity is limited to short leash walks for the first two weeks.

Surgical complications are uncommon but may include incisional infection, inadvertent organ trauma, or gastric bloat. Please remember that gastropexy does not prevent gastric bloat, it prevents volvulus—the life-threatening twisting of the stomach.

The board certified surgeons at WestVet have extensive training and experience in GDV surgery.

Our Treasure Valley canine officers have all undergone this LAG procedure in an effort to prevent GDV. Read more about the partnership with Boise Police Department, Dr. Nell Dalton, a family veterinarian at Pet Doctor, and our surgical team HERE.

Please see your family veterinarian for a referral for a consultation with a WestVet surgeon. Feel to contact us with any questions at WestVet. 208.375.1600.

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