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    Seems like we've had nothing but bad luck with Abbie..

    She was spayed almost a month ago now, by the breeders own vet. She still had her stitches in when we took her home and after two days of having her, the wound was very red, swollen and weeping. Took her to our own vet and she was put on antibiotics. A week later the site looked a lot better so we took her to get the stitches out and all was fine for a week.

    One night i noticed a little purple stitch poking through her skin. Took her back to the vet. He removed it (said it was an internal stitch that her body was refusing to break down) and said all should heal over in a few days. A week later the site was still weeping and open. Took her back to the vet over the weekend and she has been put back on antibiotics and anti inflammatory meds.

    The vet said if all is still not healed in a few days to bring her back and they will need to open her back up and remove the internal stitches themselves. It has now been nearly two days and things don't seem to be improving at all.

    Now it looks like she will need an operation, which i am happy to pay for but because my vet didn't do the original spay operation, it will be costly no doubt. My parents keep telling me to contact the breeder and ask for some kind of compensation but i just feel like it's not really the breeders fault that she has had some complications. She is my dog and i am responsible for her, but at the same time, her wound quite obviously didn't look right from the moment we picked her up..

    It's very hard to get in contact with them as it is, as they always seem extremely busy but i just wonder what you would all do in my situation..?

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    1. It's not the breeders problem IMO

    2. My dog had issues with her spey site for ages. She didnt break down the sticthes either and her site was puffy and red and weepy for ages. It took about 6 months but now she doesnt even have a scar, I cant see where it was originally.

    Good luck with it all

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    I would get your vet to get compensation from the original operating vet personally.

    In saying that, sometimes these things happen, sometimes dogs' bodies reject stitches and there is no-one at fault.

    Perhaps the wrong kind of stitch was used internally?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelanBatty View Post
    I would get your vet to get compensation from the original operating vet personally.

    In saying that, sometimes these things happen, sometimes dogs' bodies reject stitches and there is no-one at fault.

    Perhaps the wrong kind of stitch was used internally?
    IMO you would only get compensation from the vet if the swelling etc was caused by incompetence.

    If not, then you just pay for it to be fixed

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    My vet have been really great and haven't charged me for any of the consultations to date even though they didn't do the original operation..so that's been really helpful.

    I'm more than happy to pay whatever to cost will be to get her happy and healthy again. She has been a little quiet the past few days and yesterday i noticed she had some bloody mucous coming out of her vagina after she went to the toilet. She had an accident inside and the smell of her urine was very strong :S The vet, however wasn't too concerned about this..

    I did ask the vet if they thought maybe the original vet did a bad job of her, but he said he couldn't be sure just by looking at it from the outside and said that sometimes these things just happen. I personally don't really think it's fair to pay for compensation but wasn't too sure what to do.

    Lala, did you dog end up needing surgery?
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    Tiff - The bleeding during urinating sounds like a UTI I would say he wasn't worried about it because she is already on anti biotics so it should clear up but still maybe ask him if that is what he thinks it is...it is very painful and if she isn't on pain meds might need some.

    I agree, unfortunately sometimes these things happen even if the vet did a fantastic job and you can't really hit the breeder or the breeders vet up. Its great your vet has been so good about it though.

    Hope the poor girl recovers soon.

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    There is no compensation to be had in my view. The dog unfortunately had a reaction to the internal sutures it would seem. It happens. It isn't the breeders fault and it isn't the vet's fault.

    Get her in, get it fixed and remember to tell any future vets that she had this problem should she ever need surgery again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    Tiff - The bleeding during urinating sounds like a UTI I would say he wasn't worried about it because she is already on anti biotics so it should clear up but still maybe ask him if that is what he thinks it is...it is very painful and if she isn't on pain meds might need some.

    I agree, unfortunately sometimes these things happen even if the vet did a fantastic job and you can't really hit the breeder or the breeders vet up. Its great your vet has been so good about it though.

    Hope the poor girl recovers soon.
    It is possible that it is blood from the uterine stumps or related to the original surgery. Depending on what the stumps were tied off with, she could be having a few bleeds from irritation internally. Although it has been some time so this is unlikely I guess.

    In having said that, I had a bitch develop a UTI witin a couple of days of desexing once, so a UTI is also a possibility.

    Tiff - encourage her to drink lots. Add a little beef flavour to a cup of water and give her this as often as she will drink. If it is a UTI, flushing her bladder will do her good.
    Last edited by Anne; 08-01-2011 at 01:29 PM.
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    I have looked up the symptoms of a UTI, but don't think she has one to be honest. Her toileting is the same as per always and the blood only appeared that one time. She had the same thing those few days after we got her. When i told the vet about it that time, he mentioned something about pooling of blood but didn't go into details. Netherless, she is on pain meds and antibiotics at the moment, so i'll just mention it when i go in to get her wound checked.

    She also has a nasty lump on her head at the moment as well. The vet was a bit baffled by it..said he had never really seen anything like it and assumed she must of had a knock to the head when playing too roughly with our other dog. So between that, the wound and her bloody urine..she isn't doing too well!

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    p.s - how long do you think i should be waiting to see if the antibiotics stop the weeping? I took her in on Saturday, the vet said to come back in a week but the vet nurse told me to come back in a few days. I checked this morning and it didn't look any better..Was going to wait until wednesday but if she does need surgery i'de just rather it be done on a friday so i can be with her over the weekend.

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