Gastropexy is very effective at keeping a dog from having a gastric torsion, GDV. But they can still bloat.
People often use the term bloat when they mean GDV. GDV is life threatening emergent condition. GDV is what kills dogs.
Bloat is just the stomach filling with gas. If a dog bloats, the stomach, now filled with air, can turn on its axis. This turn, a gastric torsion, cuts off blood supply to the stomach and intestines and is very deadly.
So yes. With a Pexy the dog can bloat. But the stomach cannot twist. It can be a life saving procedure.
If you are going to do it, do it when she is spayed, to avoid a separate anesthetic event.
My one girl is pexied. She was pexied very late in life. But we battled, and still are, a nasty stomach bacteria. She has not bloated in a while now, but during the battle, she bloated 2-3x a day( not exaggerating). I was terrified to leave her. So we pexied her, did a stomach biopsy, it was the biopsy that found the bacteria. But I still get the occasional bloat. But now I don't panic. She gets simethicone and I watch. Before the Pexy, I was a wreck, rushed in to the vet constantly, to prevent a GDV.
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