Hi everybody, we are new boxer owners, having adopted a 7 year old mom and her 2 year old son about 2 months ago. We are so happy we did - they are amazing dogs! Anyway - we had the boy neutered after we got him, but I wanted to get input on whether or not we should have the mom get a spay with gastropexy at 7 years old or not. All of our other dogs (not boxers) have been fixed, and all of them when they were much younger, so we've never had to consider getting a dog spayed at an older age... But we have never had dogs who are at higher risk for bloat. She's not terribly large chested, but the vet said it's more the breed rather than the actual individual physical size that places them at a higher risk. So my questions are - should we put her through the surgery (spay, as well gastropexy) at her age? If she's made it to 7 without health problems or problems with bloat, is she less likely for an occurrence and is it therefore less necessary? Any advice is appreciated!
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