Surgical management of gastric dilatation and volvulus in dogs
Author(s): P Ravi kumar, CH Mallikarjunarao and D Srikala
Abstract: Three dogs of different breeds presented to the clinics, with a complaint of abdominal distension, respiratory distress and anorexia were diagnosed to have gastric dilatation and volvulus. The findings of the clinical examination and radiography aided in the diagnosis of the condition and the treatment was initiated immediately after diagnosis in all the cases. Stabilization of the animal was performed by administration of intravenous fluids and other supportive drugs and attempts were made to decompress the stomach by administration of stomach tube. Decompression with stomach tube didn’t yield a positive result in any of the case and hence gastric decompression followed by gastric derotation was performed under general anesthesia. Out of three dogs one dog collapsed during the process of stabilization as it was presented in delay when compared to others. The other two dogs were monitored for the next four hours from the completion of surgery and then discharged from the ward. Postoperatively, antibiotics and analgesics were given besides administration of supporting drugs which showed an uneventful recovery in those two dogs.