Issue with anesthesia

@linoxy (285)
Cyprus
September 6, 2007 7:21am CST
My dog Dona, she is 13 yo is having an issue on infected ear. Some insect bite her ear and straight in blood vessel. So we went to her doctor, and he said that she has to have a surgery, the inner side of her ear has to be cut in a shape of the letter S but the surgery has to be done with anesthesia. So i talked to my mom, and we both agree that we shouldn't get her to surgery cause there is a risk she never wakes up after surgery. I'm talking her to her doctor every day now. She is getting some antibiotics to stop the infection. but we will go to her doctor almost every day. i really do not know if i made the right decision. Have you ever had this kind of a situation?
3 responses
@maybebaby (1231)
• Canada
6 Sep 07
I had a similar situation with my dog. She was 12 yo and has epilepsy and needed to have surgery on her ear to correct a hematoma (broken blood vessel that would not stop leaking). The vet didn't want to put her under because of her age and pre existing condition and I wasn't to keen on anesthetics either. What we ended up having to do was doing the surgery with her awake and unfrozen. I held her and the vet did the surgery. This is not a good solution for most dogs, but mine is fairly calm at the vet and has a high pain tolerance. It was pretty gross but it was the only way to fix the problem. She hasn't had any ear problems since.
@linoxy (285)
• Cyprus
6 Sep 07
That is exact the same problem my Dona has. So, you say that she could have surgery without anesthesia? Btw, my mom has a french puddle and he has epilepsy. His vets said that he can not live more than 3-4 years. And now he is 12. He is a big fighter, even the fact that is mini-toy french puddle :)
@maybebaby (1231)
• Canada
6 Sep 07
My dog had the surgery without any, but I think you'd have to have a vet that would be open to doing it. They can't be nervous at all because they are working on an alert animal. I worked out fine for my dog. She's had epilepsy since she was about 6 months and now she's 12.5yo. She's now blind and deaf too but she still does a great job getting around and hanging out with the new puppy.
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@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
6 Sep 07
Dont do it enjoy what time she has with you as there is a great chance she wont come out of it. 13 is old for a dog its like having an operation on a 90+ year old person. try to keep her happy and comfortable as much as you can and hope for the best and hopefully she can come out of the infection ok. All the best and thats her on the photo she is cute.
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@linoxy (285)
• Cyprus
6 Sep 07
No it's not her on the photo. This is my other dog, passed away year and half ago. if you go to my profile you can see her photo. I decided that she is going to have alternative treatment with some antibiotics and somekind of wax. Will see her vet more often but that's better than losing her. Thanks on your reply. :)
@maximax8 (28250)
• United Kingdom
6 Sep 07
I really hope that the antibiotics help to clear up the infection in your dogs ears. My dogs have a very good vet that is experienced with anesthesia. One of them had an operation and was fine afterwards. I think there is a risk with older dogs but my dog was only 2 years old at the time. He often has ear problems: ear mites, wax and hair growing inside his ears. He hates medicine going inside his poorly ears. I gently clean them with cotton wool and pull the wax out of them. When you love a pet decisions can be difficult. Good luck to you and your dog Dona.
@linoxy (285)
• Cyprus
6 Sep 07
Thank you on your response. I asked my vet about the anesthesia issue and he said because she is older dog there is a high risk for her at the surgery. With younger dogs there is no such risk. I added you as friend :)