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  1. #241
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    She was always so healthy. Took her to a vet for a simple ear infection and all hell broke loose a few weeks later.

    So much has happened in the last year. One cat was killed by neighbors dog, another cat came home with a nasty tail injury, I gave up my horse and now Shade is at deaths door.

    FalseImpression - The uterus looks massive to me, it is shocking. Did your dog survive?

    edited cause cats can't type



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    Cool pictures. Thanks for sharing. Totally a vet student since I looked at them while eating dinner and wasn't phased in the least.

    Continued Jingles for Shadey! I am glad her levels are going in the right directions. I hope they continue to do so. Have faith in your vet. It sounds like so far the vet has been making the right call.



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    The 2 vets working on her are amazing. I couldn`t ask for more than they are doing for her.

    It`s funny my husband made the last few calls to the vet and said he heard a lot of barking in the background. He was 100% sure she wasn`t barking. He was amazed that he knows her voice. We all love and miss her so much.


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    Continuous jingles for Shade!

    In my experience with the ICU, generally acute renal failure which responds to IV fluids has a good prognosis.

    Also, pancreatitis is very common after a major infection or sepsis. Its very infrequently related to food. Its sensitive (but late acting) when infection is present in the body. If there was ever a time she was septic, its very likely a result of that. Good news is that is generally responds nicely with symptomatic treatment. However, sometimes it does take more than 24-48 hours.

    Sounds like she's on a road to recovery though, and that she is in good hands.

    Im sure if her vets felt her prognosis was poor they would let you know and then you could make a decision. But from the sounds of it, she is responding to the symptomatic care and Im sure she has a lot of jingling curb chains coming from her COTH supporters.



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    Thanks, Squish-I learned something there.

    Come on Shade, no reason to be the COTH soap opera for more than a few days! Hope she's better soon!



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    Quote Originally Posted by SquishTheBunny View Post
    Also, pancreatitis is very common after a major infection or sepsis. Its very infrequently related to food. Its sensitive (but late acting) when infection is present in the body. If there was ever a time she was septic, its very likely a result of that. Good news is that is generally responds nicely with symptomatic treatment. However, sometimes it does take more than 24-48 hours.

    Sounds like she's on a road to recovery though, and that she is in good hands.

    Im sure if her vets felt her prognosis was poor they would let you know and then you could make a decision. But from the sounds of it, she is responding to the symptomatic care and Im sure she has a lot of jingling curb chains coming from her COTH supporters.
    did not know this, so thank you for that Squish. Again, I have learned something!

    Continued jingles for Shade from all of us in my house.



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    [QUOTE=cnigh;6904716]
    FalseImpression - The uterus looks massive to me, it is shocking. Did your dog survive?
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    My dog was a stray that nobody claimed and she was so gentle (typical Golden) that we kept her. When I took her to the vet for initial exam, vet found a mammary tumour. We could not tell if she had ever been spayed so we waited. About a year after she appeared, she went into heat. This was the first female I had had, so I was not sure how long it was supposed to last. After almost 4 weeks, I stopped by the vet (on a Friday afternoon) to ask. She asked me to bring the dog in right away and determined it was pyo. Started her on abx right away and told me to bring her in first thing on Monday morning. Had the surgery and showed me the pictures. I just could not believe the size of her tubes. I don't remember pictures of the uterus, but the tubes were like sausages, 1 ft long and very thick. Yes, she did survive, but they found another mammary tumour during surgery. Six months later, she started having grand mal seizures (probably cancer had spread), but the vet kept saying epilepsy and was "playing" with the dosages of drugs, consulting with Guelph, etc. Finally, after a cluster of seizures and the dog would just sleep all day and I had to drag her outside for potty, I put her down. We had her only 2 years, but we fell in love with her. Free dog cost me more in two years than my previous dog in 12 years!!
    I am sending positive vibes your way!! Hoping for good news in the morning!

    and Squish, I hope I never need to find out where you work, but if I do, I think I would go see you before I stopped in Guelph!!



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    FWIW, here's a closed pyo with a four pound uterus. The dog weighed 70 lbs and this was caught pretty early in the process:

    http://s155.photobucket.com/user/sim...280d2.jpg.html

    Given the amount of pus in Shade's uterus, I wonder if she had begin to close? I would expect to see far less stuff in the uterus for an open pyo.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SquishTheBunny View Post
    Continuous jingles for Shade!

    In my experience with the ICU, generally acute renal failure which responds to IV fluids has a good prognosis.

    Also, pancreatitis is very common after a major infection or sepsis. Its very infrequently related to food. Its sensitive (but late acting) when infection is present in the body. If there was ever a time she was septic, its very likely a result of that. Good news is that is generally responds nicely with symptomatic treatment. However, sometimes it does take more than 24-48 hours.

    Sounds like she's on a road to recovery though, and that she is in good hands.

    Im sure if her vets felt her prognosis was poor they would let you know and then you could make a decision. But from the sounds of it, she is responding to the symptomatic care and Im sure she has a lot of jingling curb chains coming from her COTH supporters.
    Thanks squish I really needed to hear that. I spoke with my husband last night and if she is still improving then we are willing to keep her at vet with the IV flush. This vet is willing to work with us to get her better.

    The 24-48 was the critical window, I know treatment will be ongoing and then maintenance after that. At first DH wasn't sure, but she means more to him then he realized. A couple of days of her not being there to greet him had him crying for her.
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    I didn`t know a dog`s uterus was all horn. I thought it was like a humans I guess. From what the vet said the cervix was still open, but it could have closed off at any time. There was def pockets of infection that could have burst at any time.

    FalseImpression - Ahh poor girl having so much going wrong. I have been reading up on everything and while some dogs seem to pull through they start to have problems a few weeks/months later. It makes it so hard to know what to do for them. Give them a chance or let them go.
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    All I remember is that our vet used to be extremely concerned any time a pyometra case came in.
    He said that spaying and giving the dog supporting treatment and time is all that could be done.
    Then it was up to the dog's system to fight it and the longer the dog survived, the better her chances were.

    Hope your dog, every day she is not worse, is getting that one more chance to get better and better.

    I hear what your husband is saying.
    We had a rottie a friend gave us, that she wanted to start raising rotties and I was showing her in obedience and a friend in conformation.
    She was "a flier" and was winning hands down in conformation, so the friend wanted to take her to a two day show ten hours away.
    We didn't think anything about it, but when she was gone for those two days, we were all so unhappy, Grandma finally said that, when she came back, "that dog was not ever again going anywhere!"

    You never know how much you think of having them around until you don't.
    It is so hard to even leave them at the vets, even knowing it is the best place for her right now.

    Big time jingles that she keeps pulling thru.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SquishTheBunny View Post

    In my experience with the ICU, generally acute renal failure which responds to IV fluids has a good prognosis.

    Also, pancreatitis is very common after a major infection or sepsis. Its very infrequently related to food. Its sensitive (but late acting) when infection is present in the body. If there was ever a time she was septic, its very likely a result of that. Good news is that is generally responds nicely with symptomatic treatment. However, sometimes it does take more than 24-48 hours.
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    Very interesting Squish.

    More jingles for Shade!



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    Morning update on Shade:

    She is back to acting like herself. She really perked up over night. The vet really feels good about her case. I can`t wait for todays blood results.

    They will try feeding her a very small amount of wet food to see if she will eat.

    The vet loves her, I forgot to tell him how much she ADORES men - lol! Daddy is her person and the vet is probably getting all the love she usually gives him.


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    Good news! I came here first thing to find out how Shade was doing. Still jingling in SC.

    I had a cat once who went into renal failure and responded very well to the IV flush. She lived another two years afterward.



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    Yay for Shade!! Continued jingles and fingers crossed!



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    good!



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    I came here first too. So glad to hear positive news.... keep it up Shade!

    Simkie, my Jade's looked as "full" as yours... hence my "sausage" description. I admit this was in 2006 and I have forgotten a few things about the whole crisis. I just remember the picture, the ruler next to a horn/tube. I don't recall mention of the uterus which I also thought would look like a human one.

    Still jingling for Shade!



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    GRRRRREAT NEWS!! It puts adds some happy jig to my jingle dance



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    That is wonderful news cnigh. Fingers still crossed and jingles for Shade that this upward swing gets a full head of steam and the dear girl can come home soon!



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    Yay Shade! She is one tough girl.



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