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“Duco” a 2 year old Dutch Shepherd was presented to the clinic as he was extremely dull and lethargic, had vomited and seemed uncomfortable when moving around. Clinical examination revealed pale gums, an increased heart rate and a painful abdomen. Duco was admitted for further investigation, with a gastric foreign body or gastric dilation the most likely causes of his symptoms.
Xrays revealed a distended, gas filled stomach confirming a gastric dilation and emergency surgery was immediately scheduled.
He was placed on an intravenous drip and anaesthetized. An inscision was made into his abdomen and the stomach was emptied, deflated and untwisted. The stomach was then stitched to the abdominal wall to prevent the condition recurring in a procedure called a gastropexy. Duco was stitched up and taken into recovery. Antibiotics and painkillers were administered, and the nurses monitored Duco closely over the following 24 hours as complications can occur.
The next day Duco was offered small amounts of food and water which he happily accepted.
He was discharged after 48 hours and visited last week to have his sutures removed. He is progressing well.
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