Q. What causes partial gastric torsion? My dog was assessed with tortion, than stomach seemed to right itself, no surgery needed.

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A. A gastric torsion is caused by bacteria making excess gas and then causing the stomach to flip. This cuts off blood vessels and is a life threatening condition. Your dog was very lucky that the stomach did not rotate completely (gastric dilatative volvulus /GDV) and that it righted itself. Unfortunately this can happen again, and you should discuss a preventive gastropexy (part of the stomach is affixed to the side of the abdomen) with your veterinarian.

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