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sablethedutchie
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Gastropexy

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I have a female Dutch Shepherd that is now a year and two months. Two different vets at two different facilities have recommended she have a gastropexy when she is spayed. I hate to do more than is needed, however also see the benefits as well. We are careful that she doesn't exercise before and after she eats/drinks and can continue to do this.

What are your thoughts/opinions on gastropexy?

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Re: Gastropexy

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I have become skeptical of the medical professions, because of the enormous control that lies in the hands of insurance and pharmaceutical companies. That control has many in the field seeking alternative forms of profit including unnecessary procedures.

With that said, I don't know if that is the case for you. Did the vets say there was an underlying medical condition to warrant the surgery?
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sablethedutchie
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Re: Gastropexy

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They have stated that Dutch Shepherds with their deeper chests can be more prone to bloat. But, as you stated I worry about doing something when it is not really needed. We are very diligent on when she eats/drinks timed with any exercise.

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I’m no expert on this matter but have read a little on the subject. I feed my dog morning and evening and don’t do any exercise with her before eating or after eating a minimum half hour either way . We have experienced no problems but I’m not a vet. My dogs 21 months and very athletic in everything she does, hope this is of some help . Jay

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Re: Gastropexy

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This procedure is usually performed on large dogs. I would not consider a Dutch Shepherd to be a large breed at all.
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Idna had the gastropexy surgery before I got her. If she hadn't had it prior, then I'm not sure I would have got it done when I got her because I didn't really know anything about GVD or gastropexy. I'd heard of bloat and have had dogs before (including large ones), but hadn't thought too much about it. But a few years ago a friend's dog (shepherd mix) died from GVD, the stomach had flipped and it was too late for the vet to save the dog. It is a horrible way for a dog to die! :(
The reason the gastropexy was done for Idna is because she has a very deep narrow chest. I think it's actually disproportionately deep in relation to the size of the rest of her. I have a harness for her that also fits Laszlo (without any adjustment) even though Laszlo is quite a bit bigger in overall size. So she's a high risk for GVD. Not sure about Laszlo. His chest is not as deep, but still deep. Idna's is like Greyhound deep! But I wouldn't want my dog to go through what my friend's dog went through. And I wouldn't want to lose my dog that way.
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Re: Gastropexy

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sablethedutchie wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:04 pm
They have stated that Dutch Shepherds with their deeper chests can be more prone to bloat. But, as you stated I worry about doing something when it is not really needed. We are very diligent on when she eats/drinks timed with any exercise.
Completely unnecessary. I'd take the dog to another vet entirely and never go back to anyone recommending additional surgical procedures. I've come to the point where I don't trust vets at all and realize that without an immediate emergency or provable problem such as something you can see in an x-ray- you don't do elective surgeries.

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