Twisted stomach full of gas

Gastropexy prevents gastric torsion

Any owner who has had a dog with a torsion will never forget it. Click here for a comprehensive Youtube playlist showing dozens of videos on torsions in all sorts of breeds: this is a painful, distressing and often fatal problem. We can prevent it now!!


Symptoms of torsion:

  • Dreadful, drum-tight tummy full of gas
  • Very distressed dog, trying to gulp air.
  • Miserable – and life-threatening.

Gastric torsion is a genuine surgical emergency. Every second counts. Sadly, even prompt intervention by a skilled vet and vet nurse team will not save all patients. Prevention is so much better than treatment. Prevention is also a fraction of the cost of treatment.

To watch an animation illustrating the way a torsion occurs click here.

All “at risk” dogs should have a preventative surgery (called a gastropexy). We think it is best done at the time of neutering or spay. It also saves expense because the one anaesthetic facilitates both procedures. Lives really will be saved!

At Cedarmount, we are very proud to offer this surgery by keyhole. This minimises recovery time and post-op discomfort.


Please talk to us if you have a large breed dog who is at risk. All dogs can have a twist, but some breeds are at far higher risk than others.

Affected breeds we see most commonly in Cedarmount include:

  • Great Danes (lifetime risk of GDV almost 40%!!)
  • Akita
  • Irish Wolfhounds
  • Standard Poodle (big risk – no figure available)
  • Weimaraners
  • Irish Setters (GDV a MASSIVE problem in the breed)
  • Newfoundlands (huge risk – no figure available)
  • Labradors
  • Retrievers
  • Rottweiler (lifetime risk around 4%)
  • Greyhounds

Worldwide there have been many surveys of canine torsion, and many other breeds feature prominently too.

Frankly, any larger breed dog is at risk and there is a good argument to have the op in all these breeds. Contact us for an exact price for your dog, and for an appointment.

Keyhole surgery prices April 2019