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What is a Gastropexy?

A gastropexy is a surgical procedure performed on dogs to prevent gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV), commonly known as torsion or bloat. Torsion/bloat is a life-threatening condition in which the stomach rotates, twisting off blood supply and trapping air and gases in the stomach. Because circulation to the stomach and spleen are cut off, the dog goes into shock and dies - usually within a matter of hours. 

During the gastropexy procedure, the right side of the stomach is tacked to the right side of the abdominal wall, in order to prevent shifting and twisting. The procedure can be performed either as an open surgery o... Read More

Flea Control for your Dog

My dog always seems to have fleas. What can I do?

Successful flea control involves:

  • Eliminating fleas from your dog
  • Controlling fleas in the environment

Dogs and cats share the same fleas. It is important that all pets in your home are on a flea preventive. Treating your pet for fleas has never been easier. With the many choices we have today, we can provide you with the safest and most effective flea preventive for your pet’s needs.

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Excessive Dog Barking by Frank Utchen, DVM

Dr. Utchen, my dog barks like crazy whenever the doorbell rings or someone knocks on our door and someone comes over to our house. He also barks whenever he sees another dog. Are there any tricks to stopping him from barking? 

Answer: With the holidays coming up, and the likelihood of a few visitors to your house, this is a timely question. There are a few things to try to help teach your dog not to bark so much, although this can be a challenging problem to fix. 

First, be sure there are some tasty, smelly treats handy near the door at all times (but out of reach of your dog) and carry a pocketful with you at all times du... Read More

Epilepsy by Frank Utchen, DVM 2008

Dr. Utchen, we think our dog had a seizure. He stumbled and lay down, and his whole body seemed to spasm for about 10 seconds. After that, he lay quietly for about 5 minutes and then got up but seemed disoriented. Can dogs have epilepsy? 


Yes, epilepsy occurs in dogs just like it does in people. For most dogs that are epileptic the first seizure of their life occurs before they are 3 years old. Seizures are manifest on a whole continuum of behaviors. They can be brief, lasting only a few seconds, and mild, involving no more than a little twitching, sometimes limited to one part of the body (e.g., only ... Read More

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