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Perenial Hernia After Returning From Vet

April 19th, 2011, 06:49 PM

My cat was constipated for 4 days so I was prescribed Laxatone by the vet during a phone call, as she is not good with vet visits. Laxatone did not help so I took her to the vet after another 3 days for an enema. After the enema and some x-rays she was diagnosed with a perineal hernia.

My concern is, I had been examining her rear for any issues in the days prior to bringing her to the vet, and there was no swelling at all. exactly zero, when I brought her in yesterday. When I brought her home, she had golf ball-sized swelling that needs surgery.

I find myself wondering if something the vet did made her condition worse. Besides comments such as "you shoulda brought her in sooner" which I am already dealing with emotionally, does anyone have any comments regarding this? I am stopping short of accusing the veterinarian of negligence.


April 19th, 2011, 08:36 PM
Okay, excuse me if I am mistaken, had a long day, but what I am understanding is that post-enema your kitty suddenly had major swelling? :confused: Did they say what the swelling was (abscess?), and are they repairing the hernia?

Here is an informative article, but *WARNING* that there is a surgery picture on there. I have found this sit VERY helpful in the past with some other surgeries I've deal with either as a tech or as a pet owner/foster

April 19th, 2011, 09:30 PM
She has a mass like the one in the first photo in the link you provided.

My concern is that she did not have that mass when I took her to the vet, but did when I brought her home. They performed an enema on her at the vet to relieve the constipation.

To me, as she didn't have the mass when I took her in, but she did have the mass when I took her home, it feels like the trip to the vet resulted in the mass. The mass has been diagnosed as a hernia and requires surgery to fix and has been left to me to choose surgery, or no surgery and control it with medication and diet changes, or euthanasia.

I can't help but wonder if the enema caused the hernia.

April 19th, 2011, 09:45 PM
Ummmm okay I will admit RIGHT off the bat I've never dealt with this type of hernia, but have dealt with many other type of hernias in cats and dogs (I worked in surgery as a vet tech for quite a while).. Right, I am going to have to side with you. I am going to say this from a somewhat uneducated standpoint, I think they did the enema incorrectly. I would consult with another vet immediately.

Have you checked out information on Megacolon? (warning again)

April 19th, 2011, 09:49 PM
Thank you for the additional link. At this point my concern no longer is diagnosis of my cat's constipation, but rather is negligence on the veterinarian's behalf.

No mass when I brought her in, but large mass when I brought her home 6 or so hours later.

April 19th, 2011, 09:51 PM
Yeah and I would absolutely have to agree with you on that, I would suspect negligence for something like that. It just seems... too weird. I suggest a second opinion :grouphug:

April 21st, 2011, 02:21 AM
She is not eating or drinking, although she may have had water last night while I was asleep. I force-fed her some food but she vomited it up. I have an appointment tomorrow for blood work to see if her liver is fit for surgery and I find myself preparing for the worst, and wondering if her liver will be damaged as a result of her lack of food and water, and how she will be in the morning.
I'm afraid to look it up, but I'm hoping subcutaneous hydration performed on Monday will have hydrated her well and will tide her over until tomorrow. This is a nightmare.

April 21st, 2011, 09:41 AM
While none of us are vets here, we all feel bad for any sick or injured animal. Have you thought of seeing another vet? I hope every thing works out for your fur baby. Please keep us updated.

April 21st, 2011, 01:03 PM
I thought I would close this thread by posting that she was euthanised this morning. Hopefully this will help future pet owners. If your cat does not pass stool, poo, poop, etc. (as many keywords as possible in case someone does a search on the forum) for a couple of days, take your cat to the vet as it could be a serious problem.
Thank you for your support.

April 21st, 2011, 02:02 PM
Thank you for letting us know the outcome. My sincere condolences on the loss of your sweet girl. :grouphug:

:candle: Run free, sweet :angel2: kitty :cat: :candle:

April 21st, 2011, 05:25 PM
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, rich97 :grouphug: She was lucky to have had someone who loved her as much as you did.


April 22nd, 2011, 12:23 AM
I'm really sorry to hear that :( I was hoping you would be able to get her fixed up.

April 22nd, 2011, 12:56 AM
:sorry: that you lost your fur baby...:cat::rip::angel2: