|Barked: Sun Nov 18, '12 6:26am PST |
|We opted for a prophylactic gastropexy when our dog was spayed at 10 1/2-11 months (not sure it's recommended for younger pups). She's a breed prone to bloat and has some bloat in her pedigree (no direct relatives, but more distant aunts, uncles, and cousins). I'm glad we had it done; however, I'm not sure I'd do it as a single procedure unless there were additional factors (like with Chloe from the poster above).
We had the spay and 'pexy done laparoscopically; the total cost for the initial vet consultation, surgery, and follow up was about $1500. A traditional spay and 'pexy would have cost a bit less, but would the incision would have been very long (12-14") and the recovery time about twice as long.
One thing to remember (and if you've done research, I'm sure you know) is that the gastropexy doesn't prevent bloat (or torsion 100%). I see it as buying time to get emergency care. That was important to us as we both work full-time, so our dog is alone 5-6 hours a day.
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