Neuter/Gastropexy

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Mymilo's picture
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Hello Everyone. I'm new to the site. This is my first post. I'm curious to know what your  thoughts are on having my boy neutered AND getting the gastropexy procedure at the same time. The breeder confirmed that neither His parents or siblings had bloat. I will check to see what vet thinks but figured you guys are well versed in dobie health.

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I think it can be a really good idea, and it's very proactive in trying to prevent a serious problem.

Mymilo's picture
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Thanks glengate:)

I would not consider getting a gastropexy done if I were not already doing an invasive surgery - such as a spay.... not a normal neuter. A Gastropexy is major surgery - I've had it done on two bitches during a spay and it is a longer incision with a longer recovery time. One bitch got a nasty infection.... I'm not doing it again.  JMHO

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I am a big spaying and neutering advocate.  So yes to the neutering, and it is just snip, snip, pick the boy back up same day.  But I am with Fitzmar on the gastropexy.

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Yes the neutering is a given, he's getting it done. I've been reading a lot on

Bloat/torsion and have heard friends tell me stories of losing their dogs to bloat. My dog's parents and siblings have never had bloat it but his "grandfather" did and died from it.   The vet is getting back to me today, I want to see if he does it laparoscopically (minimally invasive).    This is such a split issue.  I'm worried about infection from the procedure and I also worry about bloat. Ugh...

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Our 9 mo old dobie is having the gastroplexy surgery (belt-loop) and neutering tomorrow.  We did a lot of research and talked with 2 different vets before making the decision to do the gastro surgery.  After seeing the morbidity rate and the horrible stories of owners that have lost their pets to bloat and torsion we decided to have the surgery and try to abide by all the post operative rules regarding no jumping, steps,always on a lead, etc.etc. in order to avoid problems.  Hopefully the "Comfy Cone" elizabethian collar will help.

 

 

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So glad someone asked this question. I'm having Daisy spayed in a couple of weeks, and since I lost Tony to a gastric torsion, I am seriously considering having it done. My vet seems a little reluctant.
Fitzmar, why won't you do it agani? I'm really torn, I don't know what to do.
Right now, I'm looking for personal experience, both good and bad. Thanks for the input.

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Hey Chris B.

My boy was neutered and had the gastropexy this past March. My vet has done many in the past and recommended it highly considering he had a few dogs that came in for emergency surgeries after bloat which he estimated to be approximately $7-8000. The worst part about the surgery was him unable to run around. He had to take it easy for 12 days (longest 2 weeks of our lives!).  I'm just worried about your comment about the vet. If he's reluctant I would definitely search for someone who has done many of these surgeries and has an excellent track record. it isnt surgery to take lightly. Get as much info as you can and I would suggest speaking to as many pet parents that have had it done on their dog. Hope this helps.   Good luck.

 

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We are new to the site so Mymilo has probably already addressed this issue but I thought I would share our experience.  I would love an update on yours!!  

We have two male dobermans, both neuter​ed, Levi had gastropexy and Jethro did not.  When we took Jethro to our vet to discuss his neuter, the stomach surgery wasn't really mentioned.  With Levi, we were more concerned because of his eating habits; Levi eats super fast like a hoover!  We were told that this is one scenario that can contribute to bloat.  The recovery was a little taxing for him and for us...keeping him calm, no jumping, no using stairs etc.  It was a long couple of weeks.  We also had to feed several small meals a day so there was not too much pressure on his stomach at once, much like a human who has had lap band or other stomach surgery.  Research suggests that "barrel or deep chested" dogs are more prone to bloat than others but our vet gave us some other tips to help prevent them from having trouble as well.  We use the slow feed bowls for their kibble, feed two or three smaller meals rather than one big one, and try to limit their activity for about an hour after they've eaten a meal.  Our boys eat meals in their kennels so after they finish eating, I remove the food and water bowls and let them rest for a half hour or so before they go back to rough housing and running circles around the house in the yard.  Levi had an uneventful recovery, no infections, his incision healed nicely.  In my opinion, this decision is one to be made on the individual basis.  We have no regrets for either dog as far as this goes.  There are risks and benefits to having the procedure just like any other surgery.      

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Hi Dobie Girl - Welcome! I haven't been back to this site since that post! It's been over a year and a half since Milo got neutered/gastro surgery.  I wait an hour before and/or after rigorous exercise to feed him.  Recovery took 12 days.  He couldn't run, play, etc...it wasn't fun, but, like your Levi, recovery was uneventful (thankfully).  I agree it's a personal decision, but if anyone plans on getting it done I would suggest to do your homework and make sure your vet is capable and has performed this surgery in the past.