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Maggie’s Story….

by admin on February 3rd, 2014

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Maggie the 11-year-old Parson Russell Terrier came to see us in December 2013 after there was concern that she was passing blood in her urine and was straining to pass a normal amount. With a history of urine infections, se was prescribed pain relief and antibiotics, but her owners were advised that she might need further investigation if her signs persisted…

Maggie’s owners were going away on holiday so she was staying at a boarding kennels for just over a week. The owners of the kennels had been informed to keep a close eye on Maggie and were asked to bring her back to us if there were at all concerned.

Unfortunately, her straining to pass bloody urine continued so it was decided she would need to be admitted in order for an X-ray to be taken of her bladder. She was given a general anaesthetic and a radiograph was taken. Straight away, Mr Smith could see that Maggie had a large stone – a cystolith – in her bladder. It would have been far to large for her to pass it normally, so permission was obtained from her owners during a telephone conversation for surgery to be performed to remove the stone. She was placed on an intravenous drip to replace any fluid she would lose and prepared for her operation before being taken through to theatre for her surgery.

Over the next hour or so, Mr Smith delicately removed the stone from Maggie’s bladder and flushed the inside of her bladder with sterile saline, while our nurses monitored her closely. He carefully sutured closed her bladder, taking great care to ensure there were no points where the bladder could leak, as this would obviously cause problems when it filled up with urine again.

Thankfully, everything went well and Maggie was soon recovering in her quiet kennel upon a heat pad, surrounded by warm blankets and with her nurse at her bedside.

Surprisingly, Maggie was on her feet in no time. She was keen to go outside for a walk and some fresh air, but as expected, wasn’t producing any urine yet as her bladder had been emptied during her recent surgery. Being such a strong willed little dog, Mr Smith was happy for her to be discharged later that afternoon.

 The kind staff at her kennels were fully aware of everything little Maggie had endured and being experienced in looking after dogs with medical conditions, were happy looking after her during her period of convalescence.

Maggie has continued to recover well from her surgery and is now on a veterinary supportive prescription urinary diet, which will help prevent her developing more bladder stones in the future.

We were delighted to have been able to share Maggie’s story with you, and wish her and her owners all the best in the future and look forward to seeing Maggie again soon.

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