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    What was the initial cause of this incident? Do you know? Glad your dog is OK!
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    We went out to the dog park and we and my golden pup went on a walk, then we got some numbers and threw them to him in the lake, he got out and looked twice as wide as normal so we jumped in the car and went straight to the animal hospital. He didn't have any signs like trying to vomit or pacing but was just extremely fatigued, and this dog does not fatigue ever. She said based on the X-ray she thought we either needed to give him a mild sedative to let him relax and watch him for an hour, or stick a tube down his throat. She said she preferred to watch him for an hour so that's what we did, an hour later his x rays showed substantial decrease in gas so we took him home to let him rest. She suggested we get his stomach tacked to his side so we wouldn't need to worry about twisting.

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    Yes, "tacking" the stomach is the gastropexy. There are three different way to do this, but all lead to the same end product of having the stomach attached to the abdominal wall to prevent the stomach from flipping. What occurred to the other day is know as GD or gastric dilatation (bloat). By performing the stomach tack it will prevent it form hopefully progressing to what is known as GDV or Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus. Both suspected ways in which this occurs involves the stomach bloating and the stomach flipping on itself. Which event occurs first and which occurs second is not 100% understood yet though.
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    The dog has already shown a tendency to bloat, I'd consider this a warning and get his stomach tacked.
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