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Colonic Volvulus & Entrapment in a Labrador Retriever with Dr. Veytsman

Stan Veytsman, DVM, VCA Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists, West Palm Beach, Florida

In this episode, host Alyssa Watson, DVM, is joined by Stan Veytsman, DVM, to talk about his recent Clinician’s Brief article, “Colonic Volvulus & Entrapment in a Labrador Retriever.” Dr. Veytsman explains the common presenting signs that this very uncommon problem shares with other acute abdominal conditions. He also reviews the difference between torsion and volvulus. Later, he discusses pneumocolograms, tissue vitality after derotation, and the several ways to perform a colopexy. Keep this emergency on your radar!

Key Takeaways

  • Place two IV catheters in acute abdominal cases.
  • Pneumocolograms can be performed to confirm identity and location of the colon.
  • Torsion = twisting around an organ’s longitudinal axis.
  • Volvulus = twisting around an organ’s mesenteric axis.
  • Advise clients of entrapment risks, even if low, following any pexy procedures.
  • There are three kinds of colopexy: left-sided (most common), right-sided, and gastrocolopexy.

About the Guest

Stan Veytsman, DVM, is a staff surgeon at VCA Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists in West Palm Beach, Florida. He earned his DVM from St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies, and spent a clinical year at Auburn University. Dr. Veytsman completed multiple internships and a residency in small animal surgery at University of Minnesota. His interests include reconstructive, maxillofacial, and oncologic surgery.

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  • Randall Stupka - Podcast Production & Sound Editing
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