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My dog is scheduled to go in for major surgery on Tuesday for the removal of bladder stones. I am extremely worried about the surgery as she is 10 years old. I was just wondering if anyone may be able to tell me how she will be after the surgery, ie in pain, having accidents, etc.
Any info anyone could give me will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance from a very worried mom.
Last edited by MrsJ; 10-11-2007 at 02:12 AM.
Reason: Edited to change title to post followup info
The vet will give pain medication if they see fit. The dogs that I've encountered who had the surgery seemed to feel pretty good, but I imagine it feels much better once all of the stones laying in the bladder are gone. What kind of dog do you have, size wise? Does she have any other health problems? Most dogs bounce back from surgery much better than people do because they tend to have a higher threshold to pain. You'll just have to make sure and follow the vets instructions on home care and call them if you have any questions. Don't worry about being a pest, that's what they're there for. Hope everything goes smoothly.
Stephanie ~ the critters human servant
Cowboy ~ rescued Lhasa mix
Blondie ~ Saint Bernard mix
also Bacca & Fizzy (my feathered children)
Thank you VERY much for the information, both of you!
To answer some questions: I have a 10 year old Lhasa Apso, who is a bit overweight at 32 pounds. She should be about 26 pounds. (she is the larger type Lhasa breed). She has had bladder crystals all of her life, with many infections when she was quite young, but we hadn't seen any for many years until now, which we found out were the result of the current stones. She has been on dietary CD for many years which we attribute to the lack of infections, but we will be looking to modify that possibly after all the lab work is done on the stones. She does have some skin issues, allergy related and she is on medication for her thyroid. Besides those, she is healthy and has had no other issues.
The vet did tell me about the probable pain she will be in for a little bit, and the possible blood in the urine also. I was interested in the things he didn't tell me that maybe I should be aware of, the accidents being one of them of course. Hopefully nothing else will happen.
If anyone else has anything to add, I would love to hear it. Again, thank you very much for your information. Unfortunately for the vet, I will be asking many questions and will probably be quite a pain to them!
(Note: Lorina, I am also in the same location that you are and am wondering if we even have the same vet lol)
I just wanted to follow up on the surgery and tell how it went.
Katie went in for surgery Tuesday morning. When I called in the afternoon to see how she doing, they said she was already up and about and she was fine.
The doctor told me that she had a LOT of stones and crystals and sand like material in her bladder. He even went as far as to use a stint and exit out the urethra to ensure there were not stones there. As it turns out, there were 2 stones also there. He also "flushed" her out numerous times. He is very satisfied in the results.
I was able to bring her home Wednesday morning. She was hungry, very thirsty, and a bit grouchy, as to be expected. He sent home antibiotics to use and I was told about the possible blood in the urine. I was also told to let her out every 1 to 2 hours. I did that for the entire day. I think both of us are overtired from lack of sleep at this point.
The doctor asked me to call him that evening to follow-up with him and let him know how she was doing, as he was a bit concerned that by going out the urethra as he did, that she would be so irritated that she would not want to go the bathroom and he wants to monitor how her urine flow is and if it returns to normal. So far the urine flow is a bit slower than normal, but I have definitely noticed an increase in it as the day/night went on. When she goes out, she does one very long pee, and then immediately changes spots and does a much shorter one. Sometimes she even tries for a third or fourth time, but usually nothing comes out at that point.
However, she is having one accident after another in between outs. He told me to increase the duration between the outs throughout the night so we could both sleep(this was before all the accidents, he only knew of a couple small ones when I called him) but she can't seem to make it. This is the part that is starting to concern me. I told him about the earlier accidents she had, he didn't seem too concerned, but I am. She is at the point that if she even stands up, she squats to go.
Is this normal? Can anyone shed any light on this for me?
Anyway, other than that, she seems to be doing well, her attitude has improved more and more and she is eating and drinking just fine. She doesn't seem to be in much pain accept maybe during bathroom times she seems a bit uncomfortable. I imagine that is to be expected.
I hope this helps anyone else that may go through this in the future, or is experiencing this now. If anyone has anything to add, or any advice, PLEASE post and let me know. If anyone can enlighten me a bit on the accidents and if this is considered "normal" , I would really really appreciate it. Anything I can learn about this is much wanted.