Many people have heard about bloat and that they never want their dog to get one. If you aren’t familiar with this disease, it is when a dog’s stomach rotates on itself to essentially seal up the ways out. Fluid and gas build up in the stomach like a balloon and the dog becomes very sick very quickly and needs emergency surgery ASAP. Large or giant breed dogs with deep chested stomachs (ie Great Danes, Setters, Poodles) are more likely to have this problem. Fortunately, there is something we can do to dramatically reduce the chance of it happening. A prophylactic gastropexy (or stomach tacking) is a surgery where the stomach is sutured (or tacked) to the body wall to anchor it in place. This is something we do here at Packerland and is a day procedure (your dog would go home the same day). We commonly perform this surgery at the same time as spays and neuters since your pet would already be under anesthesia. It can be done as a stand alone surgery as well, or combined with a dental cleaning procedure. We’d be happy to discuss this with you at any time if you have any questions!