Peri-Operative Management of Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus Patients by Christopher Byers. Gastric dilatation-volvulus is a quintessential veterinary emergency. Affected dogs can succumb to this condition within hours. Efficient and aggressive pre-operative stabilization is mandatory, and involves resuscitative fluid therapy and improvement of forward blood flow achieved through gastric decompression. Post-operative patients have many potential complications for which the astute clinician must be prepared to maximize the likelihood of the patient returning to home happy and healthy.
Christopher G. Byers earned his DVM degree from Cornell University. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Byers is the Medical Director at VCA Midwest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center. He is also a Certified Veterinary Journalist and the founder and editor of the popular blog, CriticalCareDVM.com. He has written several textbook chapters and has published scientific papers in various peer-reviewed journals. He has co-authored the textbook, Handbook of Veterinary Emergency Protocols: Dog and Cat. Dr. Byers enjoys clinical research, and his current areas of interest are abdominal compartment syndrome, hematology, and clinical immunology.