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Samurai had surgery...

Postby Patch O' Pits » Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:39 pm

About Samurai for those who haven't met him. AKA "SAM the HAM, Mr. BUTT BAM-SLAM" says hi by doing 180 flip in the air to give you his butt to scratch... Yes, he even does this to judges in the show ring. I call him my comic relief. His theme song is "Baby Got Back" because of it. But, with his booty all swollen from surgery still, there isn't any butt scratching going on so Samurai is a sad boy.
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Samurai is home recovering from the over 3 1/2 hour surgery he had to have on Monday. It was for a big messy bilateral perineal hernia repair. His prostate and fat had already fallen through though and was trapped.
From the outside and his behaviors you never really would have known anything was wrong. However, I knew something wasn't right.
I noticed a strange puffy area which I should to a different vet who told me it was nothing when I took him in because my vet was closed. Luckily, I have a wonderful regular vet and great vet tech who took care of him & found the problem during his regular check up. Just goes to show not all vets are created equal, so make sure you find a good one.

I should have taken picts of the area after the procedure as it was incredibly painful looking and nasty, so I figured it would totally grossed everyone out.
His butt is all shaved and he has internal and external stitches.
He's still swollen, complaining, and is not happy about being crated. If all goes
well, recovery will take a couple of weeks. He had a 5 day recheck today, and vet said he is coming along nicely, and is better than she expected at this point.

Prayers, well wishes and kind words are appreciated.
Right now I'm exhausted from being up every night to make sure he doesn't lick. I can't put an e-collar on him because he flips out and actually got a paw caught up in it trying to get it off. He is as strong as a bull which of course is a good thing for helping him recover, but not for helping him rest.

Well, I'm totally broke again. Thank goodness for credit cards...
Everyone remember to either keep a spare card for emergencies or a dog bank account. Our dogs would do anything for us; so we need to make sure we prepare and can do things for them too... even when it is tough.

Samurai says, "Hug your dogs and be aware of lumps, bumps and bulges and get them checked. You never know what they might be...."

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Re: Samurai had surgery...

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:29 pm

Poor Sam :( Sounds painful!! Here's to a speedy recovery!

What causes a perianal hernia?

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Re: Samurai had surgery...

Postby Patch O' Pits » Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:36 pm

AllisonPibbleLvr wrote:Poor Sam :( Sounds painful!! Here's to a speedy recovery!

What causes a perianal hernia?

Thanks!

Straining to potty, diarrhea, prostrate issues, ad other such things. He had a bad case of diarrhea after eating grass and I'm guessing that is what caused it. No way to know for sure.

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Postby FBODGRL » Sat Oct 16, 2010 3:47 pm

Hoping for a speedy recovery!

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Re: Samurai had surgery...

Postby turtle » Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:00 pm

Poor Samurai! Hope he is feeling better soon.

Would something like one of those Comfy Cones or the doughnut looking e-collar work to keep him out of his stitches?

My dog hates the normal clear plastic cone e-collar ones and I have used some of the other types with good success.

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Postby Patch O' Pits » Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:09 pm

Tried the other kinds unfortunately he can still reach back there with them on... had one of the doughnut ones on to try to deter him and he ripped it apart getting it off when I left him for a minute.

He is an escape artist and contortionist. It started when he escaped 4 ft x-pens at just a few weeks old and also moving a whelping box while still in it clear across the room.

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Re: Samurai had surgery...

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:32 pm

AllisonPibbleLvr wrote:Poor Sam :( Sounds painful!! Here's to a speedy recovery!

What causes a perianal hernia?


Perineal hernias are one of those things we recommend neutering for... they're not common, but when they do occur they can be life threatening and the surgery is difficult, often requires a specialist, and has a high rate of complications. I've only seen the surgery performed once, and its not a surgery I ever want to do again (I assisted with the one I saw).

Here's a link to an article:

http://www.acvs.org/AnimalOwners/Health ... DogandCat/

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Postby Patch O' Pits » Sat Oct 16, 2010 6:03 pm

I was going to finish his grand champion title this year and have him neutered right after.
I did not plan on breeding him at all. Unfortunately, this happened so he was snip-snipped early since he was under any way and it gives a better prognosis to do so.

Misskiwi67, Samurai says he is too sexy to have balls :) .

Thanks everyone for thinking of him.

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Re: Samurai had surgery...

Postby elegy » Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:04 pm

yikes! wishing him a speedy recovery!

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Re: Samurai had surgery...

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:36 pm

Well I hope he feels better soon!

We had one heck of a time with Obi and his incision when he was neutered. The only thing that worked for him were boxer shorts but I don't know if they would rub on Sam's incision too much?

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Postby XDogs » Sat Oct 16, 2010 10:16 pm

Feely better vibes from us!!

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Re: Samurai had surgery...

Postby patty » Sat Oct 16, 2010 10:19 pm

Wishing Sam a speedy recovery. Samurai takes my breath away, he is so handsome :inlove: I don't remember seeing pictures of him (but I'm old lol). Hope we see more of him soon.

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Re: Samurai had surgery...

Postby Patch O' Pits » Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:57 am

AllisonPibbleLvr wrote:Well I hope he feels better soon!

We had one heck of a time with Obi and his incision when he was neutered. The only thing that worked for him were boxer shorts but I don't know if they would rub on Sam's incision too much?


He is actually not trying to touch the stitches where the neuter was done, it is the other end I'm more concerned about. It is his shaved butt is what he wants to lick; I think the razor must have irritated him because where he is shaves is more so where he tries and there are no external stitches there. He has a ton of internal stitches and then some on his anus. For the first 2-3 days after surgery he really looked like elephant butt due to the swelling. A lot of the external swelling has gone down now. Today is day.

[img]Wishing%20Sam%20a%20speedy%20recovery.%20Samurai%20takes%20my%20breath%20away,%20he%20is%20so%20handsome%20%20I%20don't%20remember%20seeing%20pictures%20of%20him%20(but%20I'm%20old%20).%20Hope%20we%20see%20more%20of%20him%20soon.[/img] Samurai grew up on the forum so to speak; so there are a lot of picts of him up. He is 6 1/2 years old.

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Re: Samurai had surgery...

Postby HappyPuppy » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:42 am

Whoa - I was thinking we needed more pix of him but this is NOT what I had in mind!!! Glad you caught it and could fix it! Feel better SOON, Samurai!!!

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Re: Samurai had surgery...

Postby Leslie H » Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:19 pm

Keep mending Samurai. Poor you, and poor pup.

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