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Old 01-21-2013, 05:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I am taking my Chloe in to be spayed tomorrow. They r recommending prophylactic surgery to prevent bloat? Anyone herd of this? I'm not sure if if I should pay the extra money to have this done? They tack the stomach to the chest cavity, to prevent it from flipping. Help any suggestions?
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have heard of it being done as a preventitive measure done at the same time but have no experience with it. I alos would be interested in others input on the subject.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It doesn't really prevent bloat, it prevents the stomach from twisting when they bloat (which of course is the more serious part). I have never had it done on my dogs but did research into it when I had my great dane. I think it would definitely make you feel more at ease, but precautions would still have to be taken in regards to preventing bloat.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Precautions like not letting them drink a lot of water after they eat, and don't let them do a lot of running after they eat? Or is their something I am missing? The vet said it is another 150.00 for that surgery. So total we r looking at 500.00. Ugh the things we do for our children . prophylactic surgery-imageuploadedbypg-free1358815397.680305.jpg


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You don't have to get that done. Sounds to me like he is trying to make more money,
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've heard of it referred to as a gastropexy, I guess it's the same thing. Like said above it doesn't stop bloat, it only stops the twisting. It can be useful, though I believe I might've read somewhere the stomach can still twist sometimes even with the tacking.


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Old 01-22-2013, 12:05 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I've never heard of this "precaution" before a spay and our family has had lots of large breed female dogs spayed during the years. It seems pointless to put her through an extra procedure that isn't absolutely necessary, just because she's a boxer doesn't mean she definitely will have stomach twisting . in a way it's like stereotyping the dog "oh he/she's big so he/she is going to twist their stomach eventually, they all do" and that's not true, there are lots of boxers and other big dogs out there who have and are living long healthy lives with out ever having their stomach twist. Don't do it, I think your vet is looking for an easy way to make an extra buck off you.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks so much for the advice! I feel better with my decision now. We are not going to have that done. I am glad to have this forum to go to when I need help! I have also herd about something called ACE? Anyone know what it is? And why I should be concerned about it if she is going into surgery tomorrow? I was trying to look it up but didn't find anything. Maybe I am spelling it wrong. Thanks again!


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ACE or acepromazine is used to anesthetize during surgery. It is not recommended for deep chested breeds such as boxers. You can request that your vet not use it.
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You can read about Acepromazine here:

WARNING! Acepromazine | Do not use on boxers

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