There is a procedure your vet can (and hopefully did) do while the abdomen is open. It's called a gastropexy, and essentially tacks your dog's stomach to its abdominal wall. While this procedure will not prevent bloat, it can prevent the torsion that sometimes follows, which can literally be the difference between life and death. I had it done in both my dogs, and I am positive it saved my boy Dewey's life on several occaisions.
Dewey started bloating at 11 1/2. He had a degenerative neuropathy, which affected his vagus nerve and slowed his digestion. He was also unable to drink water without swallowing air. He was taken to the vet for bloat four times, and we put him down after the fourth. Because of the gastropexy, they just needed to pass a tube into his stomach to "deflate" him.
I will never have a large breed dog again without having a gastropexy done while the dog is still young. It's well worth the money.
at 11:29 PM on Sep. 19, 2009