Perineal Hernia in Dogs
Peso my dog with Perineal hernia
How I found out about my dog's Perineal Hernia
I never knew about this ailment until a veterinarian told me about it... Peso was 7 years old when I observed him having difficulty putting his poop out... even if I gave him a soft diet, a stool softener medicine and lots of water, still the poor dog had a hard time and the worst can't bring out a small piece... The next time I brought him to his veterinarian, Enema was performed to remove the impacted stool, which stuck up in the space created by the hernia..
Since the ailment was new to me, I hesitated to bring my dog to surgery right away though I was told that only surgery can correct it... But when I finally agreed to bring him to surgery, ahead of set scheduled, my dog had difficulty urinating, and in Perineal Hernia, that is a sign that an emergency surgery must be performed immediately.
After his first surgery, he was castrated too to avoid further complications.. After a month, another surgery on his right rectum muscles was performed, ( Peso has double perineal hernia). The problem with this kind of ailment is, it is a recurring kind... and the sign is always obvious, difficulty urinating and very bulky behind. Peso had his 3rd surgery a week after his second. He had difficulty urinating and the worst, his bladder almost went out from his anus. Peso was howling in Pain. Another surgery was Performed, and the veterinarian decided to repair the left side of his rectum again,
HIs fourth surgery happened after three months, his bladder was trapped in the hernia again causing him difficulty urinating (4th surgery), this time the right side of his rectum was repaired and strengthen. But after a month, it gave in again thus another surgery was performed on the same muscles (5th Surgery), the story did not end there, after another month, Peso showed signs of restraining again. The veteriananrian said, Peso's muscles is already thinning, that a repair may not be helpful anymore, so he decided to use another option which he called BLADDER TRANSFIXATION, he made opening near the Dog's Penis, and attached the bladder to the abdominal wall, This will prevent the bladder from roaming the hernia.
After the surgery, Peso was returned to the clinic Because of difficulty urinating again...His veterinarians and other Senior Vets are planning to use Silicon mesh, to support the thinning pelvis muscles, but while planning for it ( because mesh is not available yet in the Philippines), bladder topper procedure was done to Peso to collect urine from his bladder... at that time catheter was not effective to Peso..but thank God, after a few series of Bladder tapper procedure, Peso was able to urinate, and his vet said, "At least there is no need for us to put Peso to another immediate surgery", and we never returned to his vet for surgery since then.
Lessons Learned, once your dogs were diagnosed with Perineal hernia don't hesitate to bring them to surgery, my fears and doubts made me delay Peso's surgery, and in this type of ailment prolonging it means worsening it... If in case it reaches the case of Peso, don't deny them the chance to life, believe me once you see them surviving the feeling is very magical...
Indeed my dog had experience so much, he is a survivor, a Super Peso... A Real Peso "Rang".
An Update about my Dog's Ailment
A Dog's perineal hernia, never stop in the success of the surgery. Peso's sixth surgery, the Bladder transfixation was considered a success because it kept the bladder in place, at least at the right side of his behind, which prevented it from blocking his intestine which remained at the left side of his behind. Meaning, for more than a year now, Peso survived, his life is back to normal and he can poop now with my help and with stool softener drugs which will be his lifetime maintenance... After Sixth surgery, we still have another option for another surgery, which may need the use of "Surgical Mesh". Last year this mesh is not yet available in the Philippines, but my dog's veterinarians were determined to get one for Peso, if in case Peso did not respond well to his last surgery. This mesh will be added to the dogs thinning muscles at his behind, making it stronger to hold the organs like bladder in place, this is 95% non recurring.
But since Peso managed without the mesh transplant and considering his age, I believe he is okey as he is now...
but expect more impacted stool, in spite of taking his maintenance stool softener drug, you can still observe your dog's behind getting extra ordinarily bulky. Last March, I sent Peso to Vet. clinic for stool removal, and just today, after more than 3 months, I successfully managed to help him bring out the impacted stool...You can use your imagination for what I did to help him..
and I know Peso was just so grateful
If in case your dog has perineal hernia and had undergone surgeries too, always observe him when he poop. In case he has difficulty putting it out, try to help him by pressing gently the bulky part where the feces may be is...always give him stool softener drug after meal (twice a day) and give him soft diet with high fiber..
Elizabethan Collar, A must have after surgery
the Lamp Shade like collar or E Collar
This is very important for this will prevent your dog from licking his wound or stiches. Without this the dog has the tendency to remove the stiches by himself causing the reopening of wound which will need restiching of the opened wound.
At First the dog will surely resist it, but as his master you must insist and show him you are the boss... The dog will soon get use to it and even sleep with it or play with it. Once the wound is dry, and not that itchy anymore, you can remove this from your dog's neck anytime
Peso's first Perineal Hernia Surgery
© 2010 Maria Cecilia
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