I have a 1 year old grand doggie toy bleu chihuhua that has a heart murmur and water on the brain. I am not sure of the grade of the heart murmur. He only has one testical and the vet said he needs to be neutered and he has to have some teeth removed. I am afraid that he will not do well under anestesia. Any thoughts?
I am afraid that he is definitely a high risk for anesthesia. Unfortunately, having that testicle undescended does put him in need of neutering as that testicle will more than likely turn cancerous at some point. No question I would have an echocardiogram (ultrasound) of the heart done before doing it. I would also request that no injectable anesthesia be used, only a gas inhalant like sevoflo and any narcotic pain releivers be given after he wakes up and not before, or during the procedure. If the teeth to be pulled are not baby teeth, then I don't think I would risk the added time under anesthesia to have them pulled.
Your pup has a lot of problems. I personally would let him live out his life to the fullest.
A lot of vets, most vets in fact just try to make money on dogs. If you do the surgery and your beloved pet doesn't make it.....what can they do to bring it back? Nothing. They can just tell you how sorry they are, and give you the bill.
I had my furbaby yorkie that was 1.5 pounds at 1.5 years and he did not make it through a routine tooth extraction. I take ALL ANESTHESIA very seriously.
As should anyone. For pets, my attitude is do not put them under anesthesia unless it is a life or death situation or if it could lead to a life or death situation.
If it is "optional" don't do it.
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Testicular cancer takes time to develop and the teeth are a moot point to me, considering everything else the poor little guy is dealing with. If you are going to spend the money, I would definitely have an ultrasound, as a good veterinary surgeon will be able to tell you the level it is and also give you more information on the fluid on his brain. I would definitely focus on that issue first, as that seems the most serious.
Thanks all for your help. My son is going to take him to another vet for a second opinion and call the specialist that did the original tests. Sad news I heard today about someone that took their small dog to get it fixed and it died. The vet said it had hypertension and it was real hard to get it to go down, sounds to me like they gave it too much another reason I am against surgery for my little grand doggie.
Little Bleu went to the doctor again today. He has been weezing a lot. Doctor says the prednisone is taking the water from his brain and putting it on his abdomen. He looks bloated all the time, I got blamed for over feeding him.. now I am justified. He is putting him on Lasix (spelling?) they said it would get rid of some of the water. Anyone's thoughts? They said his heart murmur will eventially kill him but I am still going to pray and love him while he is here.