I'm just worried sick about my 5 month old male puppy who just had a neutering procedure yesterday. I took him to Banfield in the morning and picked him up after work. When I got there, the vet pulled me aside and right off the bat I felt like he was going to tell me something bad. He said that Louie has some redness and swelling because his skin is sensitive and had a reaction to the shaving process. Ok, I can believe that. He is white, he has pink skin and I know that his skin is a little more sensitive. Well, when the nurse brought Louie out to me, he peed right there on the floor. He peed for like 10 minutes. Something in me just snapped because last time he had to stay at the vet all day, he did the same thing and I SWEAR he is potty trained enough to know not to pee inside. I have my suspicions that they just lock him up in a crate all day and don't even let him out to relieve himself. This just got me mad, because on top of the stress of being at the vet's in the first place, he has to hold his pee for 8+ hours??? So I asked the nurse didn't anyone take him out to pee today, and she didn't really have an answer (which means NO) and mentioned something about how going outside would be bad for infections. HELLO - what are these animals supposed to do, pee in the crate? They HAVE TO GO PEE at some point!!! Could ya at least take them to a spot indoors with potty pads? I was getting really mad. I just wanted to get out of there - and of course I had plenty of meds to go with me. I won't even get into the fact that he had to wear a lampshade, poor baby.
So I get home and get a chance to have a decent look at him, and I was shocked. I almost started crying. His gential area looks butchered. His inner thighs were bright red and swollen, like he had razor burn from hell. How much skill does it take to shave a sleeping dog?!?!? And, the stiches for his incision were all sloppy - like frankenstein! I just felt horrible. I have seen enough neutered dogs to know that this was a very sloppy surgery. It looked like the doctor used absolutely no care with his prep or the stitching. I have no idea if he did everything on the inside as carelessly as the outside, and after getting NO sleep from worrying, I called Banfield and asked to speak with the doctor. Still waiting on a call back. Until then, I just had to vent because I'm just sick to my stomach worried about Louie. I want to scream at the vet.
Poor Louie, I'm so sorry to hear that he had a bad experience with his neutering. I also have 2 white dogs who got neutered last April at 6 months and they didn't have any razor burns on the inside of their legs, but they didn't have to shave that much off of them either. Their incisions were small and pretty straight and they didn't have to wear the e-collar, I would be very curious to hear what the vet has to say. The clinic we use keeps the males overnight after the surgery to make sure they are ok, but I did go and visit them that evening and they seemed fine, actually shouldn't have since they got all excited seeing us. Hope Louie is feeling better real soon.
I sure hope Louie feels better soon. When I took Polly in a couple months back, I also wondered if they take them outside potty. I was also very concerned about her being in a kennel all night by herself. But I knew she would forget about all that as soon as we picked her up.
I had a really bad neuter expierence with my cat and the vet took care of all the problems, infections, etc. free of charge, but I never went back there again.
I'm sure your baby will be ok soon, but keep on that vet. Good luck.
Is there any way that you can maybe take him to a different vet, just to have him checked out? It might be a good idea to do that, just to make sure that he's really okay, because if there's any chance for infection, now would be the time to start treating so it's a preventative measure instead of an emergency measure.
heather..... you need to relax. I am not attacking you, I am sympathetic because I am a very paranoid dog mommy. BUT... just remember that you do not know that it was done horribly. You are proably overreacting due to how bad you felt for your dog and thinking he was in a bad situation. Just remember, you don't know for a fact that anything was done incorrectly. For your own sanity, assume that the doc did know what he was doing, he just might not do the "cleanest" job as far as stiches go.
I agree that you should speak to the vet, I am just trying to say that you need to take care of yourself too, and you can't be losing sleep. I wish you the best of luck.
You guys, thanks for the sympathy. So I know its not just me. I mean, I know it's hard to be objective when its YOUR baby, but when it comes to your baby, you shouldn't BE objective anyways. I just hate all of this, seriously. I can't prove anything cause I am not a vet and I wasn't there, but with all the sutures I have seen (on myself and other people and animals) this relatively simple stitch should be a lot neater than this one. OK, I could be exagerating, so I posted a pic. This was taken last night. The nurse did warn me that if he licked his incision it could get infected and get much much worse. I feel like that is a given, but the way she said that makes me feel like she is trying to waive any liability if something does go wrong. I can't just leave this vet because I am on that wellness plan which is like trying to break a contract with satan.
He does look a little better now, though. His redness has lessened and I can't tell if the stitches are OK or not. I might go ahead and get a second opinion but I'm still worried. What if the incision opens in the middle of the night? I can't just tell him not to lick it. The lampshade is not working out very well and I got him a diaper but I don't want to leave it on him too much.
I'm rambling. Here's the pic. It's kind of pornographic, but he's a hyper dog and there's no way he would have just LET me photograph his wee wee.
Oh geesh, I would be furious. When Max (male schnauzer) was done, he was not even red anywhere. Nothing like that. That baby must been in alot of pain. I am not an authority on anything but if I were you, I would put the collar thingie on him to keep him from licking and put the salve that comes in a green can called Bag Balm on him. I would not put it close to the stitches, but it would be soothing to the rest of those places. Good luck. Byw, that salve is great for healing and will take alot of that rediness out.
Really bad raser burn but the incision doesn't look too horrible. From your original description I was expecting a lot worse. You need to make sure he isn't licking it because it could get a whole lot worse in a big hurry. Try some bag balm on the burns on his legs. I would do everything you can to keep the e-collar on.
I've got some gentocin topical spray from the vet, which I have been spraying on him. It looks like its helping. The diaper keeps him off the incision, so I put that on him when I'm around. He just goes nuts with the lampshade, it's stressful for both of us. He seems to like the pain killers, thank goodness. I don't think I could subject him to having those huge pills stuffed down his throat.
The vet didn't call me back today, which makes me feel worse. I guess its a good thing cause I might be too emotional to talk to him without getting hysterical. I tell you what, I can't help but laugh at how pitiful Louie looks with a diaper and a lampshade on.
I'm making him a dogster page, so maybe I'll post that pic on his webpage.
hello, so sorry to hear about your baby- thats horrible! I just had bentley neutered 3 months ago now i think and he had NOTHING like this and hes a small white bichon and toy poodle mix. First off yes they did shave him but he didnt have any razor burn. and also they used glue not stitches on him you couldnt even tell where the insision was really. ( even tho i did know) He didnt have a e collar either, and didnt have to stay the night. I had bansfeild neuter bentley and they were very nice im sure that each office is differnt. The vet even pulled 4 of bentleys baby teeth and didnt even charge me for it. ( i came from a differnt vet and knew he had to have his teeth taken out but i was worried and then didnt know if it was really nessacary and asked if he could just look and let me know) well he just pulled them and told me that if they wernt pulled they in 3 years all his teeth would of needed pulled, so that was nice of him the other vet wanted like 125 more to pull his teeth the vet at our petsmart is very nice and i did switch to a differnt vet since ( just because we moved) but i am taking my babies back to bansfeild the have always been the nicest. also bentley wasnt giving any pain meds at all. they said they give them a injection before they come home but no meds were sent home with him. the first day he seemed alitle out of it but i was more worried then he was but he was fine the next day and acted as if nothing ever happened. i wish you could of exsperienced the same with having your baby neutered. I now have daisy which is going to be spayed in a few months and im starting to worry that some thing will go wrong i did with bentley and put it off for a few months before i even took him in i was so worried... i live in michigan- im glad not all bansfeilds are the same. why did they use glue on my little guy and stiches on yours? only some use the glue now? bentley doesnt even have any scars from it. i do hope you find out what happened to your baby and talking with the vet will help with these answers you have. its bad when you trust some one with your babies life and they seem like they dont care for them in the way you would hoped. hope louie gets better soon. theresa
I had my last three babies done (two spays and one neuter) and never had any problems like that. They just slept it off the rest of the day (dropped them off in the am and picked them up in the pm). I wasn't given anything for them except being told to let them rest. I think they used glue on all three and there is no scarring. You can't tell on the females that it was done and the same for the male (except he's missing his testicles). The only real problem I have ever had was my male pooped on the vets floor when they brought him out but he does this when he gets nervous or stressed.
As for the razor burn, I do grooming and have never had that kind of mark and I work with moving animals. It looks sooooo painful. On thing you could try that myold boss had told me is break an aloe gell capsule and spread it on the incision. It helps with healing and reduces scarring. (BTW her sister is a vet so thats where she got her info from)
So give your baby lots of love and hugs from me and my fur babies