I had my 5 year old Dane neutered last Thursday, but his scrotum is still huge and red. I took him back to the vet for a re-check, and they gave me some medication, but it looks worse than it did before I took him in. They gave me an e-collar, but it isn't large enough, he can still reach the incision site. They also told me to bring him in on Monday if it still looks the same. My question is, does anyone know of anything else that I can do to make the swelling go down and keep him from licking it?
That sometimes happens when older dogs get neutered. Has he been active ? Soemtimes the sacs will fill up with a serous fluid, that if really big, will need to be drained. If its not too bad the body usually absorbs the fluid. He also could be having a reaction to the suture material itself. It's very hard to tell without seeing it what it could be. It is important though to prevent him from licking the area as that only increases the problem. If the E-collar does not fit you'll need to get a bigger one. For a Dane a size 30 SHOULD be big enough and thats as big as they come. You can find them in petsmart so if you get a 30 and its still not long enough, cut up the one you have and add it to the brim of the new one to make it longer.
30 is the size that I have but it's not big enough. His stitches are gone and last night the sack started draining, but it stopped this morning. I don't think his body will absorb the fluid, it's huge. To help keep him from licking it I put him in a pair of my husbands swim trunks, I also thought this would help relieve some pressure off the sack. He's acting perfectly normal (eating, drinking and barking) other than it takes him longer than usual to sit or lay down.
No they didn't test any fluid. When he came out of surgery they said he was having a hard time waking up and he had some swelling. It took two days for him to act normal after the surgery. He was all wobbly and wouldn't eat. They put him on Metacam for the swelling for 6 days. When I took him back they gave him Metacam again and Cephalexin, even though I told them that Cephalexin doesn't work on him because his body has a tolerance to it. So now it's Sunday and his scrotum looks worse than ever. I should have never gotten him fixed because now I'm afraid I might lose him.
do you have an emergancy vet in your area? I alway vote for nuetering, it is so much better for the dogs in the long run. I think. I even have my breeding males nuetered eventually. And No i don't mean when they are in there teens either lol.
I will keep him in my prayers, but I would certainly contact your vet again, or see an emergancy vet.
If the swelling is that big then the vet will most likely have to drain it manually. Light reddish is the normal color of serous fluid. Serous fluid generally builds up if the dog is too active post surgery or is having a reaction to the suture material. It is usually not the sutures you see on the outside that they react to. It is the sutures used to close up the muscles inside, which is made of catgut, and can be very reactive in some animals. Also, it is somewhat common for older dogs, especially larger breeds, to have this happen post surgery. I would not beat yourself up over having him neutered. If what you are describing is what I am believing it is, your dog will be fine once the sacs are drained and the suture material inside breaks down and is absorbed by the body. In very rare cases, the dog will have to be anesthetized again and the inside sutures removed and replaced with a different material, usually steel because steel is non-reactive. But I doubt very highly you will lose your dog over this. Keep us posted how he makes out !
I know this is late, but I wanted to check on how things turned otu with your Dane.As a former vet tech, I have seen this a lot in the past with older, larger males. It is almost always from the sutures or infection. Please let us know that he is okay!
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