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My bitch was spayed last June, kidney removed in November, vet to blame?

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by JWad, Mar 22, 2021.


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Is the vet to blame?

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  1. JWad

    JWad PetForums Newbie

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    Hi.

    My two year old bitch was spayed last June as we didn't want to breed her, nor her have an unexpected litter (she has a regular dog walker with a pack). In October I noticed a swelling around her abdomen , we took her back to this vet who said that there was nothing to worry about and that she could not feel any swelling/ anything abnormal. I was not convinced therefore I called the same vet the following morning asking for my dog to be seen again that day for another view. The receptionist told me, yes that's fine, I could bring her back, but it would cost me more money! I was disappointed with the fact I didn't agree what the vet had said the day before and I wanted another view, yet they wanted more money. So I cancelled the appointment and did some research within the next couple of weeks and had her booked in with an independent vet. They straight away offered an ultrasound, x-ray and blood work which showed a massive swelling in her abdomen (they had no idea what organ it was it was that big). The day after she was in for emergency treatment and needed to have a kidney removed due to hydronephrosis. I need help and advice, is this due to poor spay work from the vet? I'm fully aware it's very rare what happened to my dog. Her lifespan has now been affected, she can't have strenuous walks anymore and her behaviour has changed dramatically. She was the most loveable dog to everyone and all dogs. Now she is aggressive to any dog that comes near her. Any advice please off anyone would be highly appreciated.
     
  2. lullabydream

    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    No. Ovaries and uterus no where near the kidney. Just because someone has surgery once in the abdomen you can't blame that.
    Yes there maybe scar tissue but no where near the kidney.
    Unfortunately mother nature can be cruel

    Insurance helps in situations.. Many vets would take their time and patience and not offer all tests at once. Simply due to logical ways of thinking, and keeping costs low. You complain that asking for a second appointment you would shock horror have to pay again. Pretty standard practice that vets charge for the first couple of appointments on the same problem. However happy to pay another vet a few weeks later to have a lot of tests, plus another consultation fee. My mind is baffled with the cognitive dissonance

    This sounds like a dog that was allowed to bound over to other dogs and other dogs to could get in her face all in the name of socialisation. Which isn't how it works.
    Also regular dog walker with a pack might not be/helping the cause.
    Anyway so basically your bitch has grown up and now is telling rude dogs to go away, or dogs in general. Simply because she's had enough of being overwhelmed by others.

    You don't mention breed in any of this, but I know some breeds do often get kidney problems and some dogs do become naturally intolerant of others.
     
  3. Happy Paws2

    Happy Paws2 PetForums VIP

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    I agree with the above

    But if you were that worried why didn't you just go to another vet instead of waiting a few more weeks, I wouldn't have waited.
     
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  4. JWad

    JWad PetForums Newbie

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    Wow how judgemental can you be?!

    We have had confirmation from an expert that her swollen kidney was due to her urinary tract being caught when she was spayed which caused trapped urine to fill one of her kidneys. Read up on hydronephrosis!

    The corporate vet wasn't concerned after thirty seconds of looking at her. The independent vet straight away offered to investigate as they believed myself as her owner, that something was wrong.

    Yes of course I was happy to pay for a new consultation at a new vets, I wouldnt expect it for free.. My husband wanted to wait a few weeks to see if the swelling would go down (he was the one who took her to the vets and was told there was nothing to worry about) during this wait, I did my research on vets in my area.

    Absolutely not she has never been taught to "bound over dogs". She was socialised to the best possibility with classes, daycare and dog walker. She was the best dog, until this all happened.

    Ditto to yourself, my Ming is baffled at your cognitive dissonance.
     
  5. JWad

    JWad PetForums Newbie

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    I didn't want to wait, but because the husband was told by the vet that there was nothing to worry about, he wanted to wait a few weeks to see if the swelling would go down. Unfortunately it didn't
     
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    If you already knew that the kidney issue was due to the spay, why did you ask if her condition was because of the spay?
    A spay is not without risk. Some bitches develop urinary incontinence, and yes, the ureter can be accidentally blocked during a spay, but I would think the dog would have had symptoms other than swelling. But at least now she has been diagnosed and treated.

    Not on purpose taught to bound over to other dogs, but accidentally magnetized to other dogs with too much socialization. Well, incorrect socialization. A dog who has learned that all other dogs they see are potential playmates will become magnetized to other dogs and this can often backfire as the dog matures and loses that puppy desire to play with all and sundry, and becomes less tolerant with social maturity.

    Unfortunately doggie daycare and group walks do tend to be the "usual suspects" in a dog who develops dog intolerance at social maturity. So when we see that a dog has been 'socialized' that way, that's usually the suspicion, that it wasn't socialization as much as magnetization or sensitization to other dogs.
     
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    JWad PetForums Newbie

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    Sorry my wording should of said "we have just found out by an expert". Just this morning. I would delete this post now but I can't seem to do it. We've got legal expert veterinary advice now thankfully.

    Have a lovely day all you keyboard warriors!
     
  8. O2.0

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    Don't mind me, just doing a thing.

    Glad you found more helpful advice.
    I know myself and other members are glad we too the time to respond with freely offered advice that was so well received.
     
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    I am puzzled at the shortening of life expectancy? Dogs like humans can live with one functioning kidney. Luckily for me, as I was operated on and had most of my right kidney removed 17 years ago due to hydronephrosis. Mine was picked up for a scan for a cyst on my left ovary.
     
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