My dog just recently got neutered this past Thursday. And his scrotum area was flat but is now red and looks like it could possibly be filled with blood? Anyone out there run into this exact problem and if so, what needs to be done. I had the surgery done out of area where my cousin is a vet, but am now 2.5 hours away at home and thinking of going back to him.
Hi Labluvr. I happen to work with Labs though this holds true with all breeds. What you are describing is not normal. I would suggest 2 things. 1st. Call your vet and describe what you have described here. 2nd, most important, follow your gut. If your gut is telling you something is off, take the pup in and have him checked. The distance is nothing compared to what could happen if you are right, something is off, and you don't address it. Though I am familiar with and have seen a little tenderness, swelling in the area you are describing, nothing to the point that I would think "blood".
I did go to the emergency vets last night. The doctor told me it is a scrotal hematoma, a blod clot, that is a rare complication from surgery. The absolute fix is surgery, and he went to prepare an estimate and that was over a thousand dollars. Does that even sound right? I did call my cousin, the vet who performed the surgery, at his house and left a message. He called me back as I left the emergency clinic and says its not uncommon for there to be seeping at the site of the surgery. Both recommended I ice Drake up 2 times a day. Also have some rimadyl incase he is in any sort of pain. It seems fine, but looks horrible. Let me know if you want me to send a pic.
The reason you got such a high estimate is because it came from an emergency clinic and of course they are going to be much more. Sometimes triple.
Yes Ice and Yes Rimadyl. Please remember that Labs as an over all breed do react to Rimadyl. If you have 75 mg pills, give 1/2 twice a day and watch Drake. I am also assuming this is a puppy. As well, Please note I am NOT a vet, just a very experienced breeder. Rimadyl is definitely the drug you would want to try in this case only for a couple of days to help with the pain.
As far as what your cousin said about this not being uncommon, I would not be able to comment as once again I am not a vet. I can only tell you in my almost 2 decades of experience, this is NOT common, very rare. I do think Drake should be seen again by your cousin and not put off. If he lives close, and being this is family, can you run him over? If not, I would suggest tomorrow morning getting him in. I would definitely not let this go for too long, that's for sure.
Any additional questions, let me know, I will check back.
Thanks again. I have given him 3/4 tablet of rimadyl as directed. Told to do that twice a day. I also have an e-collar to keep him from licking around the site. He's not a puppy, will be 3 in Dec. I have had him for 3 months and just got him neutered. My cousin lives 2.5 hours away. Where my parents take their dog, it just happened to work out, I was moving and had a week off of work and was able to get the surgery done. They live in a cheaper part of Virginia, I live right next to DC, so more expensive, and I will be going down there in 2 weeks to get the stitches out.
3/4 depending on weight is correct. Again I assumed puppy.
When you say you are going to have the stitches out in 2 weeks, what are you doing in the mean time for this? I hope if it does not get better you would just go to the vet near you no matter what? Also, are you keeping Drake on the Rimadyl for the full 2 weeks? Given you can get in touch with your cousin, I do think you will be fine, I just would hate the distance or expense from keeping you to deal with this if it does not get better. I certainly would never allow this to go 2 weeks, no way. A couple of days or another day if it does not get better, I would act on it. JMO.
One thing that will be helpful to us in advising you here is, is the swelling increasing or decreasing? Does it appear that there is fresh blood accumulating or is it just a swolen lump that you can feel?
I have seen on animal planet a dog that had a similar complication from a neuter. this dog had a artery that was nicked and not properly repaired during the innintal surgery and kept bleeding afterwards. The blood filled the scortal sac and then it continued to swell to the painful point where the dog would not even sit down. This can get worse and like Savannah suggested you should take your dog to the vet first thing tomorrow morning. A regular clinic will be much less expensive than an emergency clinic. Recently something that would have cost me 65 at my vet cost me 350 at an emergency clinic. Call your cousin (i think it was) it's a holidy, find out if he can come to you to look at your dog or see if you can bring your dog to him. Hope all turns out well for you!
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Monday afternoon I did get ahold of my cousin. He said bring him on down. Killed two birds with one stone, found out it is just bruising and is now going down like any bruise. I also was able to return a trailer I used for moving. Joe, my cousin, said there's nothing to worry about, and that was a huge relief, even after driving 2.5 hours each way, as he owns his clinic and had to check on a cat, it was perfect timing. Thanks for the replies, will keep ya'll posted as it gets better or worse.
Well, it has been a few days and Drake is progressing nicely. The swelling has almost completely gone down, and even tho I noticed his stitches came out on Wednesday, by Thursday afternoon, the wound was closed and is healing nicely.