German Shepherd Dog > Update on very sick bitch (Miracle she lived) that needed C-Section and pictures! (58 replies)
Update on very sick bitch (Miracle she lived) that needed C-Section and pictures!
by von Harasymtzuk on 06 June 2011 - 02:54
|For those who didn't read the other post, my girl ended up very sick, I had taken her to the vet a few weeks before because I was paranoid, thought something was wrong, she stopped eating, gums were a little pale...I insisted the vet do testing but he said she was fine (last time I trust a vet) took her in after she had 4 pups and was just utterly exhausted and her gums were almost white, THEN they did bloodwork she was very sick, 2 shots of oxytocin, nothing, she couldn't even walk, it was so severe they couldn't do the C-section there I had to take her to a specialty vet, she delivered a 5th pup on the way to the other vet, I was able to unbreach and pull him out, because of how frantic I was, my Mother lied to me, and so did the vets, they said she had a 40-50% chance of survival, it was actually around 10% She pulled through, had a total of 13 puppies!!! One didn't make it, while we were at the vet they were too busy talking and ordered me to stop trying to get the pup out, he did not have a sac by the time they got the time to pull him out it was too late...my first stillborn in 6 years, Truly a miracle she survived, and I am grateful...this dog means the world to me, I need her like a mother needs her child, I was able to bring her home a few hours after the surgery. Here are some pictures! I'm sure the vet I took her to know that I am none too happy that they did not do what I insisted when I took her in weeks ago, the levels in her bloodwork don't just happen overnight but she is alive, safe, loved and although has had 2 pervious litters with no problem and still young, no more.... this is a very special litter for me, one of these little girls will be the one I keep to raise, train and attempt to have her surpass her mother because I will need a very special puppy to get me through the day when Alexa does leave me for good someday, but not today. God bless.|
by Kalibeck on 06 June 2011 - 03:43
|Aww! Look at them! And look at Mom! My best to you & your girl, & all those adorable babies! jackie harris|
by lovejags on 06 June 2011 - 05:31
|OH BLESS HER HEART! HOPE YOU DON'T LOSE ANY MORE BABIES. YOU ARE GOING TO BE VERY BUSY FOR QUITE A WHILE WITH ALL YOUR BABIES. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU. JO ANN|
by clee27 on 06 June 2011 - 10:36
|I'm so glad Alexa is doing so well after your frightening event, they are beautiful puppies too. All the best, Jen|
by vonissk on 06 June 2011 - 12:37
|Awww she is looking good--the pups look healthy. Glad she is doing OK and you too. Better rest a little while you can==whew just think of all those puppers running here and there!!!! LOL.................|
by von Harasymtzuk on 06 June 2011 - 16:25
|Oh yeah I know! My Mom and I are so exhausted and sick, we realized yesterday we hadn't eaten in days, we made something to eat, fell asleep....I woke up with a hot pocket in my hair, mom woke up with a bowl of cereal in hers we just passed out. I know we aren't in the clear yet and one puppy is soooo tiny she can fit in the palm of your hand but she's got spirit, feisty little thing. |
My mom and I plan on hitting the powerball and opening up a vet clinic for emergencies, it was hell... I had the money for the C-Section (over $2,000) but I couldn't access it, they were going to let her die...send her home, I called friends, family, rich people, no one wanted to help..my uncle said that he wouldn't spend that kind of money on his dog so he wouldn't let me borrow the money for 24 hours, but I was lucky enough to find an angel on earth. I am forever in this womans debt, and so grateful to God he gave her the will to pull through....Lexi was so trusting too, she knew why she was there and just had this "help me" look on her face, now look at that picture of her, smiling for the camera. Since I wont be hitting the powerball for a while, we are going to start a fund, if we can save one dog a year that's a lot to someone in need.
Now all that's left to do is call my attorney and handle the vet clinic that misdiagnosed her weeks ago when I was concerned..people can say anything about me, beat me bloody but you don't mess with my dogs. This is the second time I've had a vet misdiagnose one of my dogs, 2 different vets...I wish I could just become a vet.
by Jeff Oehlsen on 07 June 2011 - 00:22
|That second pic is enough to make me want to call you lier ! She certainly doesn't look stressed out at all.|
I will never ever use an emergency clinic. They are gigantic rip offs, and the few times I have had to deal with them, their care is as pathetic as their customer service.
by Uber Land on 07 June 2011 - 00:34
|I had a girl with a c-section 7 weeks ago. I understand what you say about them turning you away and will let the dog die if you can't pay right then and there. I left my girl at the clinic and spent all day trying to come up with the funds to pay for her c-section. luckily I was allowed to pay for 1/2 to get the surgery done and bring her home. she whelped 8 puppies, but could not pass the 9th, which was the reason for the c-section.|
by von Harasymtzuk on 07 June 2011 - 00:52
|Lying about what? lol She had surgery a few days ago, I asked her if she wanted a cookie..got her to smile. She is doing really good, had a small chance of survival, she was ill but we take very good care of our dogs, premium kibble and supplements everyday, that is probably why she pulled through, she's been pampered with steak, hamburger, liver, she can walk on her own now, gums are still pale and her red cell count is still low but she didn't require a blood transfusion, she has been getting tired for a bit so we take over but she is doing great, like I said...miracle. My dog is safe, she's on a high amount of Clavamox 500mg every 10 hours and pain medication, all those antibiotics she probably would still be sick but one of my favorite supplements puts the good bacteria back in her so she can fight off anything nasty. |
I took her to my regular vet but she was too sick for them to do the C-Section, they had her hooked up to an IV, gave her 2 shots of oxytocin...it was dangerous enough, let alone if something went wrong they couldn't handle it. Had you seen her before the surgery, you'd have a different opinion of me being a "liar" but it doesn't matter, she's well. So much negativity.
Like my mother said, you don't go to a family doctor to have a baby delivered, you go to a specialist.
by von Harasymtzuk on 07 June 2011 - 01:03
|Uber, awww...you are lucky they let you pay half, they were going to send me home so I could watch her die. Her bloodwork was awful pretty much everything was too high or too low, she tried to walk and just collapsed and didn't move, heartbreaking to watch..I love all of my dogs but Alexa is my everything. I don't know where it all went wrong but an infection and issue like this doesn't happen overnight.|
by Uber Land on 07 June 2011 - 01:16
|I had 3 vets send me home. I was asked to leave 2 before they called the police because I was hysterical screaming about how could they turn my baby away to let her die.|
drove 2 hours to get her to the vet who finally allowed me to pay 1/2 up front before they would touch her.
by von Harasymtzuk on 07 June 2011 - 02:26
|I'm too tired to read what I wrote, but I was running from corner to corner crying hysterically they did the same to me....sounds as though you are like me when it comes to our babies.|
Sadly, I live in Delaware and we were running out of time, there were only 2 other vets that could do the job and it would have taken too long to get thereand both charged over $200 to walk through the door (even if it wasn't a weekend)... it was even more upsetting that I had most of the money, but I couldn't access it until Monday. When we got there it was a 50/50 chance she'd pull through, but it took me a while to find someone who would help me, a normal C-section in this state (and at this clinic) is $600-$700 but it was over $2,000.....she had dark blood leaking out of her, shallow breathing, eyes wererolling into the back of her head but they wouldn't touch her without payment. The pup that was in her canal when we got there they had thiss gross look on their face because I was trying to get him out without gloves, my hands were clean, not entirely sterile I'm sure but I wanted to save him, he had no sac, they made me stop while that pup was in there dying they were doing paperwork then when they got around to it they pulled him out, it was too late, while my dog was laying on the floor dying they were trying to revive this pup (without payment) they took him out to try and save him, then tried to tell me that I had to pay $240 something, but they would do NOTHING for Lexi, what the hell? They left the pup in the canal for at least 10 minutes...the reason he couldn't be saved was because he had aspirated meconium....I told them I was NOT paying for that. I hate vets. I called the vets office earlier that misdiagnosed Alexa weeks ago to have her records faxed, they had 4 hours....never got them. They know what's up, before I left that clinic to go to the specialty center the vet that saw her weeks ago was pulled over to the side..they know they messed up.
by Jeff Oehlsen on 07 June 2011 - 02:42
|Uh, I was actually commenting on how good she is looking. Geez.|
by von Harasymtzuk on 07 June 2011 - 02:56
|I'm sorry, the database isn't the most friendly of places. My apologies, truly.|
by SitasMom on 07 June 2011 - 03:23
|Girl, I know how you feel! Sometimes we just know!|
by ziegenfarm on 07 June 2011 - 05:47
|so glad that things turned out as well as they did for you. hope the pups remain well and grow healthy and strong. that goes for the dam as well. best wishes. :)|
by hexe on 07 June 2011 - 06:26
|That second picture of Lexi and her kids, all looking as if nothing eventful had taken place, is a sight for sore eyes. :) So glad all are doing well--what you, Lexi and the pups went through is enough stress to have turned one's hair grey overnight!|
I'm kind of surprised that none of the vets you were dealing with, as well as the ones who turned Uber Land away, gave you the option of signing up with CareCredit...their interest rates aren't too great, but they'll extend credit to just about anybody, and you can get approved in about 5-10 minutes, right there in the vet's office. I don't like credit cards much, but they come in handy for situations like these...
by steve1 on 07 June 2011 - 07:12
|Good to see the Female is now well and the Pups looking good, Hope all goes well from now on for mother and Pups and yourself|
by Escobar on 07 June 2011 - 10:53
|I'm glad your girl is doing good.|
But I have to say I understand the vet's.
If NO ONE in your family is ready to loan you the money (and just for 24 hrs) why on earth would the vet do so?
I work as assistant to a vet and we have been burnt so many times and that's excatly what we do.
And yes we turn away people franticly screaming at us that we are killing their animals.
It's always the dog's owners choice to get a dog and ESPECIALLY to breed a bitch and that might need c-section.
And it costs alot to be breeding.
Why should the vet take a financial dive for you?
by von Harasymtzuk on 07 June 2011 - 15:53
|There is one simple answer..........it's called saving a life.|
They were busy while a pup was inside her, kept bitching at me for trying to get him out because he had no sac (I delivered one in the van too) when they finally got the time to get him out it was too late, , but when they got that pup out....they took him out of the room to try and save him, tried to charge me over $200, but they would do NOTHING for Lexi. I don't have much family, my uncle was being a prick, he knew I had the money ....typical human, people rarely care about others anymore, it's 1 in a million to find someone who cares about others.
She is laying up on the couch now, justa smiling, she is loving the steak, hamburger and liver dinners.