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Gastroplexy for prevention of bloat?

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Irish Setter Gal, Dec 20, 2011.


  1. Irish Setter Gal

    Irish Setter Gal PetForums Senior

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    First of all a gastropexy will not prevent a bloat, it will prevent a torsion, the two are not the same.

    A dog can bloat without having a torsion.

    A dog can have a torsion without bloating.

    A dog can bloat AND have a torsion.

    Secondly some people do choose to have elective gastropexies in their dogs BEFORE it occurs, a breeder I know used to do it and many military dogs have this done.

    I personally would never have an elective done, but I WOULD have a gastropexy done if my dog had been opened up for torsion.

    You also need to investigate the differing methods.
     
  3. Irish Setter Gal

    Irish Setter Gal PetForums Senior

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    Vet explained all of the above -

    Seeking advice from somebody who'd experienced an elective as opposed to a reactive gastroplexy together with their reasoning.

    It's not a routine op for my vets since it's not a standalone costed item on their books but since it's something they recommend I consider based on his first years history. I'm pretty certain it won't be covered under insurance as it's classed as preventative rather than curative of a problem that may or may not actually happen during his lifetime which would mean me having to pay upfront for it.

    Thanks for replying though
     
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