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Companion Animal Practice
Gastric dilation–volvulus syndrome in dogs
  1. Mickey Tivers

    Mickey Tivers graduated from Bristol in 2002. He is currently a staff clinician in small animal surgery at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). He holds the RCVS certificate in small animal surgery and is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons.

  2. Dan Brockman

    Dan Brockman graduated from Liverpool in 1987. He is currently professor of small animal surgery at the RVC. He holds RCVS certificates in veterinary radiology and in small animal orthopaedics. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons.

2. Surgical and postoperative management


GASTRIC dilation–volvulus (GDV) is a challenging but rewarding condition to treat. Appropriate decision making and management can help to achieve a success rate of up to 95 per cent in cases uncomplicated by gastric necrosis. This article, the second of two reviewing the management of canine gastric dilation–volvulus syndrome (GDVs), describes the surgical and postoperative management of GDVs in dogs. An article in the February issue (In Practice, volume 31, pp 66-69) discussed the diagnosis and initial stabilisation of patients with GDVs.

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