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Companion animal practice
Surgical diseases of the stomach in small animals
  1. Zoé Halfacree

    Zoé Halfacree graduated from Cambridge in 2001 and spent two years working in small animal practice in Surrey. She subsequently moved to the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), where she completed a small animal internship and a residency in small animal surgery. She is currently a lecturer in small animal surgery at the RVC. She holds RCVS certificates in veterinary diagnostic imaging and small animal surgery, and is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons.


Simple gastric surgery, particularly gastrotomy for foreign body removal, is commonplace in small animal veterinary practice. More involved gastric surgery, such as gastric resections, pyloric surgery and the management of oesophageal hiatal hernias, is carried out less frequently. This article outlines the indications for gastric surgery in dogs and cats, and discusses the preoperative and perioperative considerations. The surgical techniques for commonly indicated procedures, such as gastrotomy and tube gastrostomy, are described in detail, while those used for pyloric surgery are summarised. In addition, the article reviews disorders of the stomach involving the oesophageal hiatus.

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