We had a case yesterday, very sad one. Referred to us for pyometera surgery (8 year old female), but signs werent quite consistent with pyo. Ultrasound of the abdomen revealed bleeding liver mass. Hemangiosarcoma. Intact female, and only 8 years old. Owners didnt wish to persue surgery (understandable) and was euthanized. How sad, especially when you have been prepared that your dog just needs to be spayed and they will be fine.
Hemangiosarcoma is now my biggest fear. Such nasty little secretive things until they rupture and they aren't. My dog had a cutaneous hemangioma on his scrotum. We didn't biopsy at first, but after sitting through Path 1, I wanted to biopsy to be sure. Well the biopsy came back with some funny looking cells, so he had his scrotum removed and they took really wide margins and the remaining tumor was benign. It was such an invasive surgery and I felt horrible for my boy, but it makes me feel better than one of those evil things isn't hanging out on him anymore. Thankfully cutaneous hemangiosarcoma metastasize much slower and his turned out to be benign in the end anyways, but its gone and no longer a worry.
Now, just hoping he doesn't have any secret internal ones.
OP, so glad to hear that Shade is doing well!! I am glad you got a good outcome.
That is sad. I know I was very lucky with Shade. I want to give her as many golden years as possible.
My DH just looked at me and said he never thought about her dying before. She is just such a big part of our lives. We got her just after my son was done chemo therapy. She kept him running and playing and I can never repay her for it.
Thanks Houndhill, cancer is the worst for people and animals.
My son had high risk ALL. He was only 2.5 when diagnosed with Leukemia. He had crashed and was given very little chance for survival, but some how he made it. He is 14 now and in remission. Healthy with only a couple of side effects from the treatments. His growth is a bit stunted and he has cataracts, but otherwise is a normal teenager.
He learned to talk while in the hospital. No baby talk, he knew medical terminology at 2 lol! It was a bit creepy, but he could tell you exactly what he was thinking.
UPDATE- Shade is home and all is well with her. Her incision looks excellent and should heal nicely. She was beside herself with joy when she saw my DH. He's her person and she was so happy to come home with him.
Total bill came in @ $2400. I am beyond thrilled with this vet. The cost includes all tests, medication, the surgery and medication to come home with.
Shade also had her ears cleaned, nails trimmed, teeth cleaned, anal glands cleaned out, a full bath and a new bandana to come home with. All FREE of charge.
Rescue's and shelters would not be an option for this dog either. To many behavior issues that would make it unadoptable. And it would eat any other pet in a foster home (high prey drive). But she is not a nasty dog- just messed up.
I wouldn't be too concerned over the vomiting but agree that it should be checked out. I adopted an older female dog a year and a half ago from a retiring breeder. She had had a lot of pups and wasn't in the greatest of shape and the surgery (spay, some tumors removed and anal sac removal) took a lot out of her. She too vomited for a few days post op and I think it was just a reaction from the anesthesia and pain meds. It really took her a good month before she was spry and active.
One of my dogs vomited like crazy (food, water, heaves with nothing on the stomach to throw up) the day after they had anesthesia for teeth cleaning/extraction and the first day of their oral antibiotics. I added a little yogurt to their food, got canned lamb food (lamb is relatively mild) and she was fine the rest of the course of meds. If the vet can't find another cause, it might be the meds, the fluid, the stress and she just needs time to recuperate and some mild food.
vacation1: She said the sister's dog had constant allergies and skin issues (bad genes-someone/thing with THAT many allergies is just predisposed) AND it broke its leg just playing (bad luck) and the relative doesn't really want to put too much into it. I just said I don't see why she wouldn't put the dog down. There's no law saying everyone needs to pour money down every pet with chronic problems just because some people think pets should be treated like sick/injured humans and it's theoretically treatable. If the sister's not interested in the dog and doesn't want to spend the money on constantly medicating it or the vet, just put it down. There's not exactly a shortage of dogs in the world that she needs to keep it or dump it on a rescue.
I took her back yesterday and the vet said if she continued to vomit to stop all meds for 24 hrs and then introduce back one at a time.
She threw up again yesterday when we got home and would not eat anything all day. The vet gave us wet food for her and the smell makes her gag. poor thing was begging me with her eyes to get rid of it - fast.
I cooked up some chicken breast and white rice and she ate some of that. She seemed fine after that. but threw up most of the rice during the night. The chicken was digested though.
She is very quiet and has a warm nose. No fever. Her incision looks good and the small amount of post op swelling has gone down.
I will be calling the vet again this morning to let them know and see what else can be done. Hopefully this is just post op stuff and not the infection spreading through her system.
Here's hoping she is just dealing with antibiotic nausea. Poor girl. Anesthesia now a days shouldnt make pets ill and if they are, not for very long. Do you know what she was induced and maintained with? Most dogs are induced wth propofol +/- diazepam/midazolam. Ketamine is used more frequently in cats.
However, she was a very sick dog and was dealing with a lot of infection in her body, there could certainly be residual effects. If the vet felt she wasnt septic, thats a good sign.
I would introduce food back slowly, maybe just a small piece of chicken mid day and see how that goes.
Keep an eye on her energy as well, if it doesnt improve or gets worse I would have her back in ASAP for an ultrasound to rule out any abdominal fluid or other signs of sepsis.