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Tammi   Roy, UT

8/12/2009 8:00:26 PM

I would like to know more specifically about how soon should a dog void after surgery, walk, etc and when should you become concerned. Should you force small amounts of fluids via oral syringe if dog isn't taking it on it's own? How much and how often? My 4 year old chihuahua is taking a longer time than my 13 year old Jack Russell Terrier. When should I become concerned?

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Lucille   Manhattan, NY

8/4/2009 2:28:00 AM

Deep chested breeds like Chow Chows, Boxers, Bulldogs are generally sensitive to
anaesthesia.

I have female Chow Chow which I wanted spayed as a puppy but my breeder informed me that the sister of my Chow from the same litter, died under anaesthetic while being
spayed.

The breeder also informed me that the father of my Chow stopped breathing when he was tranquilized
once.

This has lead me to believe that my Chow may have a bloodline that does not do well under anaesthetic and hence I have not spayed my Chow girl who is now 4 years
old.

Although there is aggression problems when she's on heat, I try to keep my male dog away from her for the entire heat cycle which lasts for about 21 days, twice a year. As much as I want her spayed, I just cannot take the risk of losing a perfectly young and healthy dog.

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Melissa   Lake Dallas, TX

7/24/2009 2:54:36 PM

I think it is very important to stress the risks of putting animals under anestesia because when I took my perfectly healthy 5 year old yorkie, Zeus, in for a routine teeth cleaning that was the last time I saw him. The vet offered no explanation of what happened or what went wrong and I know my baby Zeus would still be here if I wouldn't have been "a responsible pet owner". I now have another delima - we recently got a new puppy and our new vet is pressuring us to have him neutored. I wouldn't even consider it except we own a female that has not been spayed. Accidental pregnancy would certainly kill her as she is much smaller than our new boy. I know that he needs to be fixed, but I can't bring myself to put another dog under after Zeus died from a simple teeth cleaning. I am just wondering how often this happens. Our current vet says she has never lost an amimal and our old vet said Zeus was the first dog he lost in many, many years. I am still tormented by the greif of losing Zeus in such a sudden, unneccesary way, but am also very concerned about the health of Tootie and Gus. What should I do?

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Danielle   Knox, IN

4/20/2009 10:48:19 PM

My 16 month old saint bernard Grizzly went in to get fixed and died. Cardiac arrest, I took him in and he was perfactly healthy. I got a call 30-40 min later that he was dead. I belive that my vet was at fault. I had a necropsy done on him and so far the test came back he was in perfact health no heart problems. The pathologist said you could tell how healthy and well taken care of he was. I am still waiting on one more test. If I would have been offered info on the risks and extra care to moniter the anesthetics I would still have my dog. I didnt get answers from my vet or and compassion at all. I am so sick to my stomach on how they say be a responsable pet owner and get your dog fixed. To those of you who are the responsable pet owers. You are the ones who dont let your dog run loose and overpopulation wont be on your hands. As far as prostate cancer. It is possible for that to happen but not forsure. So they say dogs live longer when fixed my dog didnt. He only got 16 months out of his life. So the risk is higher then people realize. I will never agian have my dog put under for surgery unless its life or death. To those who have lost your pet this way. You feel alone, but we are out here and it has happened to alot of people. I have done many searches since this has happened and wish I would have before I took Grizz in. I would have cancelled my appt that morn and would still have him today.

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mary   ptld, ME

8/23/2008 2:02:31 PM

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mary   portland, ME

9/19/2007 2:19:12 AM

very good article.

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andrea   hamilton, OH

8/27/2007 4:38:38 AM

awesome article

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Christy   Covina, CA

7/19/2007 2:40:49 AM

Very useful article!

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