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Explor. Abdom surg. > Pancreatitus ...More info PLZ :)

Chad
April 27th, 2006, 11:57 AM
Hello, My name is Chad and i have a Beagle (porkchop) who is 7yrs 9mnths, male/neutered, and was in relative good health, happy home, GREAT VETS....SHOUT OUT TO WINDRUSH VET SERVICES, BURFORD ON.....and a healthy, regularly active lifestyle...He just had exploritory abdominal Surgery yesterday (Wed. April, 26 2oo6)...here is a summary of events leading to today....

1. First noticed lathergy and painfull hind legs, some vomiting (which is somehow regluar yet fine with him) but yet slightly more. Mainly he wuz QUIET....this was unheard of from him...Also slight lack of appetitie and sum shakiness.

2. It passed the next day and came back the day after....worse now with obvious lathergy, vomiting, tail in between the legs, and even more shakiness...We took him to the local emergency vet clinic....decided on waiting over nite to see our regular vets as the vet there recommended...(we go to burford ontario to see the staff there, they are amazing and much cheaper...im a practical young man {20} )

3. We go and see Dr. Crombie at Windrush Vet services, who takes blood and an X-ray...Normal blood slightly high pancreatic enzymes or sumthin....x-rays show an inflammed lower intesting with small passageway..hes still poopin allriht at this point:)

4. He goes home with: Famotidiene for the acids in stomach , and predizone i think for the GI problem, with Special canned food aswell.

5. No improvement, more vomiting... so we bring him back and at this point we have noticed severe back hind legs in pain...hard going up stairs and jumping on couch and beds....he comes home with more famoitidiene...metro somethin....some liquid pain medication (2mls/cc) and sum saltrate i think (3mls/cc) and he was given barium ? white stuff at the vets cause i think we noticed sum tarry stool at this point as well and stopped the predizone.

6. He wasnt keeping the food/phamaceuticals down, so we halted all meds, except famotidine, and metro. (that wuz the ulcerative drug i think)

7. The vomiting doesnt stop and he only worsens with the hind leg pain and tiredness/lathergy, we saw some chalky poop tho :), he goes back to the vet yesterday (wed) for Exploritory Abdominal Surgery ...because the vet said he couldnt give a definative diagnoses, and if we were to do an ultrasound which is quite expensive and then find something we have to examine further in Exploritory surgery then we might be better off just doing the Exploritory Abdominal Surgery first.....so we did.....i stuck around with my mother to await the surgery..as i wanted Dr. Crombie to do the surgery specifically...which he had no problem with...assisted by the other vet there Alyssia Lithburg i think, who we had been dealing with until this point altho for my enitre dogs life he had been seeing Dr. Crombie, hence why i asked for him specifically....

8. Exploritory surgery leads to normall GI tract except following :

a) no very bad things like malignancys
b) found an angry pancreas and lower intestine ( I believe bioducts and duodenum and a couple other parts) and took biopsies of all the above and i believe one other just in case....he told us he had pancreatitus i think thats the one....

MY QUESTION IS IF ANYONE CAN ELABORATE ON WHAT HAS HAPPENED AND/OR THE EXPECTED OUTCOME AND SUCH...JUST MORE INFO. I WANT TO KNOW AS MUCH AS I CAN ABOUT HOW MY DOG IS DOING AND WHAT I CAN DO TO HELP. HE CANT HELP HIMSELF AND THATS WHERE I COME IN...THIS HAS BEEN A COSTLY AND WORRIESOME WEEK...ALL I WANT IS THE BEST FOR MY DOG.

THANK YOU ! :)

Chad
April 28th, 2006, 11:02 AM
As of today (friday april 28, 2006) my dog porkchop is in pretty crappy condition, within the 24hrs after operation, he has developed acute abdominal problems, im not sure of the clinical name, but there wuz fluid shown on xrays all inside him....so they took a needle and "cleaned" his insides with salene (peritonial lavage)....and put a rush on the results of the biopsy samples at pathology lab, and my vets have also contacted Guelph Intern. for further guidance assistance.....

list of medication hes on currently through injection or I/V:

metoclopramide - Antiometic
butorphanol - Pain

cefazolin >
baytril > ANTIBIOTICS
metronidazone >

Sulcrate > HEAL INTESTINAL
ranitodine > ULCER WOUNDS


TO WHOEVER READS THIS.....if u can help me in any way or can help clarify for me what the heck is goin on with my little guy that would be great ........
PLEASE ANSWER SOONER rather than later....this has become a CRITICAL problem needing 24hr emergency vetrinary care at a hospital tat is 50kms away.....i explained all that in the post....so again PLEASE ANYONE WHO CAN HELP CLARIFY THINGS so i understand whats goin on would be greately APPRECIATED

KarineB
April 28th, 2006, 12:18 PM
I am so sorry. I wish so much that I could give you information and help you but I can't. I feel your distress coming of the page....

Hopefully someone will come along and be able to help you. :fingerscr

phoenix
April 28th, 2006, 12:19 PM
Oh Porkchop sounds like a very sick little dog. I'm sorry that I can't help but just wanted to say I hope he gets better soon.
Keep talking to your vet and try to get them to explain things to you.

Beaglemom
April 28th, 2006, 12:52 PM
I'm so sorry that your little guy is going through this. It does sound like he may have pancreatitis, but could be something else as well.

Is he currently at the vet clinic receiving IV Fluids? Is your vet consulting with a specialist? I would strongly recommend that if your current vet does not have experience with this that he recommend you visit with an internal specialist.

Please keep us updated as to his condition. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

rainbow
April 28th, 2006, 01:18 PM
"cleaned" his insides with salene (peritonial lavage)....and put a rush on the results of the biopsy samples at pathology lab, and my vets have also contacted Guelph Intern. for further guidance assistance.....

So sorry to hear about porkchop. :grouphug: It sounds like your vet is on top of things. Let us know what the results are.:pawprint: :fingerscr

SnowDancer
April 28th, 2006, 01:42 PM
It sounds to me as if Porkchop does have Pancreatitis - although sometimes Pancreatitis is misdiagnosed and/or develops into Addison's. BUT the problem with Porkchop's rear end movement is a very big concern. Ruling out hip dysplasia - which I am not - but also can't rule out that there may be calcification of Porkchop's back discs causing pressure on his spine. This is the problem I suffered through with my mini Dachshunds - and the wornderful Neuro at Guelph told me he had just operated on his 2 dogs for same problem - I assumed of course Dachshunds - no - they were Beagles. We had a Beagle who lived to be 19, but this wasy many years ago and I had no idea that Beagles were subject to the neck/back disc disease. Has your vet addressed the very specific problem of Porkchop's difficulty walking. When Porkchop walks try "tripping" him by knocking his back foot gently out of place and see if he immediately recovers and places paw in proper position - as opposed to dragging with toenails under. Your vet would have had to do an X-Ray of his back to check on calcified discs. I do not want to scare you, but since I happen to find out by accident (one that I could have done without) that Beagles are also subject to his, thought I had better mention it. It doesn't have to mean that every disc is affected - it could just be one or two, which to me is "minor" considering with 2 of my dogs it was every disc. I would definitely speak with the vet and ask if perhaps a visit to Guelph's Small Animal Clinic is in order. If it is disc related, you will need to see a neuro - if dysplasia an ortho. Our neuro was just wonderful. Please keep us updated and I really hope that I am wrong - but obviously something is up with Porkchops back.