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Bunday’s Story …….

by admin on December 10th, 2010

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Little Bunday came into the practice at the beginning of October after her owners noticed she wasn’t quite herself. She had gone off her food and seemed tired and lethargic. On examination, her temperature was 103 degrees Fahrenheit. A normal canine temperature should be between 100-100.5 degrees. As she had only finished her season a few weeks earlier, there was a risk that she’d developed a pyometra – a womb infection. She was dispensed some antibiotics to initially treat for a vaginal infection and asked to come back for a re-examination appointment in a couple of days time.

When she came back in, Bunday hadn’t made enough of an improvement and was still refusing to eat. Her abdomen was now feeling heavy, which suggested a pyometra was more likely. The vet decided to take a blood sample and check her levels of infection. Her white blood cell count was high, as was her urea levels – this indicated that she had an infection and was the likely cause of her kidneys producing excess amounts of urea. She was booked in for surgery the following morning, as it was now very important that she was speyed to remove the source of infection in her body.

Bunday came back the following morning and was put on intravenous fluids to flush out the toxins in her body and to rehydrate her. She was given a pre-medication injection and then anaesthetised for surgery. Her uterus was very enlarged and inflamed and was, unsurprisingly, putting a lot of pressure on her stomach and diaphragm.

Once it was removed, her breathing became significantly steadier. The operation took about fifty minutes in total and Bunday needed lots of warmth and TLC and because her operation was so long she required extra close monitoring; while in recovery the nurses never left her side.

Despite enduring such major surgery, brave Bunday was up and about within an hour! She seemed to have come through her ordeal very well. By that afternoon, she was keen to go outside for a walk and was even interested in eating some convalescent food.

The following morning, Bunday was still bright as a button and raring to go! She had certainly found her voice and was chatting away to us all in her own Staffie way.

Throughout the day, she continued to recover well and was eating so well that her drip was ready to come out. After that, it wasn’t long before she was discharged.

When she came back in the following day for re-examination, the happy little dog seemed just as pleased to see us and appeared to be doing very well. As she had internal sutures, Bunday didn’t need to be seen again to have them removed so it was just a case of seeing her again if her owners had any concerns.

 Bunday continued to recover well and was fighting fit in weeks. We wish her and her owners good health for the future!

 

 

We cannot advise strongly enough to get your pet neutered if you have no intention of breeding from them. Cancer of the testicles, prostate, uterus and ovaries are common problems in dogs and bitches and the anaesthetic risks are a lot higher in geriatric individuals than in young, healthy ones. Please don’t leave it too late for your pet’s sake!

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