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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-25-2018, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Exploratory Surgery

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We have a wonderful year and a half old Doberman named Tank; The perfect dog but he has always had a problem eating socks and other random things. We try our best to keep everything out of reach but that is hard with my 4 year old daughter always pulling stuff out.

My wife is a Vet Tech so Tank goes to work with her every day and hangs out. Well Monday 01-26-2018 Tank was acting weird no energy just wasn't him self. We figured he was just tired because we were hiking all Saturday and Sunday and he was exhausted. When she got to work the Vet noticed something wasn't right; so they did X-rays and found an object in his stomach. We figured he would throw it up or pass it like he has done several times before they induced vomiting that didn't work. A few hours later they did X-rays again and found it moved to his intestines and his stomach was filling with gas. They decided to do surgery to remove the object which turned out to be a sock. The surgery seemed to go well. We brought him home Tuesday. He was fine appeared to be sore but nothing bad. This afternoon when my wife came home on her break there was a lot of fluid on his bed where his incision was leaking.. So she took him back in and the Vet did a stomach tap and found a lot of fluid on his stomach. They are going to have to go back in and open him up and see what the problem is? He didn't have a fever today im just extremely worried. Has anyone else had this issue or complications after a surgery? What should I expect? Will he be okay???
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No experience with this but thoughts are with you and Tank today....I am sure more will have more advise.
Keep us up to date on how things go... will be praying hard for Tank today....
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I really hope he is on the mend soon. My bitch had a complicated obstruction surgery and recovery 4 years ago so I know how scary it can be. I would recommend crating him or leaving him in an x pen (with nothing in there- no bedding toys or blankets) any time you can't watch him. You could also try a soft muzzle on him. It sounds unfair but it's better than another scare like this. Good luck to you and your boy.
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I've had a dog with peritonitis. Her gut was punctured by an obstruction and intestinal fluids leaked into her abdominal cavity. They had to remove some gut, and then go back in again to remove more when the incision continued to leak. It was a tough road to get her back to normal; she needed part of her gut removed and needed iv fluids for a few days to keep her hydrated plus some really heavy duty antibiotics. But she came through that obstruction OK, eventually.

Dogs do build up scar tissue (adhesions) around the intestines with this kind of surgery and that can be a problem, especially if they continue to eat inappropriate things. You do need to take extraordinary measures to make sure this doesn't happen again. Crating (or confinement in a safe space) when you're not there is absolutely necessary.

You should use a greyhound basket muzzle (like the ones shown in the following links) when he is out and roaming about the house or yard and you're around but can't keep laser eyes on him. They are made of plastic and do not hold the dog's nose tightly; he will still be able to pant and to drink with the muzzle on. He may give you some misery looks at first, but they really do adjust to these muzzles quickly. I wouldn't use any kind of muzzle on a dog when I am not there though.

https://www.ngap.org/adjustable-grey...le-i35920.html
https://www.dogmuzzle.com/dog-muzzles.html
These are just examples; you can find others with slightly different designs at other online sites. For a dog with a long relatively narrow nose like a dobe, these muzzles work quite well, if it is fitted properly.

But your vet is the best source for information. He'll be able to see exactly what is going on during the surgery and will have a better idea about how severe your guy's problem is.

I'll be thinking of your guys throughout the day...come back in and give us an update when you get the chance.
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So sorry what you are going throufh. The advise given above is excellent. My Doberman bitch has had two obstruction surgeries. The second time had a good portion of her small intestine removed.
I would crate her for now. Not good for her to jump on and off furniture right now.
My thoughts are with you. Please keep us updated on her condition.
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Hopefully everything is OK, please keep us updated. Sending positive thoughts for your family and Tank
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Had a dobie that ate rocks. I watched her like a hawk. She finally outgrew the nasty habit. Never had any surgeries though. But it's just cause I watched so close. Healing Hugs to your dobie baby.
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Good thoughts for your boy. It is hard when they really want to eat socks. Keeping bedroom doors shut at all times helps, along with training your kids - wish I were kidding, but I'm not.

The greyhound basket muzzles are a very good idea - I would consider following up on those links if I were you. I actually have a couple of them, and do use them. Mine don't fit a big male head, but I think that there are some that do. I've had mine forever (literally about 24 years) and they came with a Greyhound we rescued many years ago.
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Thank you everyone for the help!

We finally got to bring him home today. They decided not to open him up again they put two drainage tubes in his abdomen that we have to flush out every 3hrs. He definitely seems to be feeling better. He is finally eating and using the bathroom again.

The muzzle idea is probably what we are going to have to do while in the house; I hate to do it but anything is better than putting him threw this again!
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