I am very sorry for your loss. You and your family have my deepest sympathy and support.
Well, its a very difficult question to answer. Sometimes, sand can move through the intestinal tract.
However, it can get easily impacted.
I performed a procedure in past year where I had to remove massive amount of sand impacted in the intestinal tract. That was after the pet already ate a ton of doggie poop bags. Yes, poop bags.
So, if stomach is in stasis and there is a severe impaction, I don't see really any alternative to surgery.
I don't know ultimately what the cause of death was or how long the impaction was present, but I don't think you should feel any guilt, at all, about the decision to pursue surgery under these circumstances.
I hope that information helps
I don't think a heart complication. It could have been a result of no improvement in stomach stasis despite relieving the obstruction or possibly a perforation in the small intestinal tract resulting in peritonitis. Very sorry. I don't think you had much choice.
Yes, the patient I operated on survived. The patient presented to be within 48 hours of onset of illness and there was no stomach stasis or other complication.
If the other question about the other dog is straightforward i'll be happy to address here, but please remember to provide a feedback rating as I am not compensated until you do.
No. I would have the lumps sampled.
Fine-needle aspirate test where the vet gets some sample by needle poke. There is a possibility that a lump or more are mammary cancer because she was not spayed, which increases the chances a lot!
If its cancer, and there are multiple lumps, it could have metastasized (spread elsewhere) already.
Definitely, DO NOT compare your pet's situation to the other one. The lumps are a very serious issue for a non-spayed female.
I would have them sampled before considering a massive surgery.
You are very welcome Liz. In my experience, any firm or lumpy irregular growth next to or under the mammary gland on a non-spayed female is not a good sign.
You may have to request a biopsy instead or repeat cytology before surgery.