Personally, I would wait till at least 2 for neutering (especially a working male). If you plan to show him, he cannot be neutered so that's something else to consider. You are a responsible, careful owner - I don't think you would have any issues containing an intact male, but again, that's your choice.
Yes, from what I've been told and read, gastroplexy just tacks the stomach to the stomach wall so the stomach does not flip after it bloats. Bloating itself is simply the stomach filling with gas/air and becoming uncomfortably distended. The real problem is when the gut twists and starts cutting off blood supply to organs. Then you have massive necrosis and organ failure which eventually leads to death. Once tacked, the dog can still bloat or have areas fill with gas, but all that is needed is to pass a tube in and release the gas. Much higher chance of recovery and not as serious. Also thousands cheaper than emergency open torsion surgery.
A prospective study of survival... [J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 1998 May-Jun] - PubMed - NCBI
History that warranted the prophylactic gastroplexy: These dogs had a history of treatment for gastric dilatation, clinical signs of gastric dilatation, or family members with gastric dilatation.
Prognosis: Laparoscopic-assisted gastropexy resulted in a persisting attachment between the stomach and abdominal wall, an absence of GDV development, and few complications. Dogs with a high probability for development of GDV should be considered candidates for minimally invasive gastropexy. Carefully selected dogs with GDV can be treated laparoscopically.
LAPAROSCOPIC GASTROPEXY | Virginia Veterinary Specialists
- very nice slide presentation that runs through the surgery, pre and post info.
Risk Factors for GDV
n First degree relative with GDV
n Stressful situations
• Car trips
n Meal frequency
n Large and Giant breeds with deep and
n Food Particle size?
n Strength of gastropexy similar to
n Permanent adhesion has been
n Prevents torsion of the stomach
n Gastric dilation still possible