Monday, August 1, 2011

529. Follow-up on a perineal hernia repaired Boston Terrier one year later

I had not seen the Boston Terrier operated by me last June and phoned the owner on Sunday Jul 31, 2011 as I have had been caring for this Silkie Terrier who has the "mother of all perineal hernias". The website is at:

The owner was happy and said everything is OK with the Boston Terrier.
No recurrence of the hernia. No news is good news in this case.

I review the Boston Terrier's surgery as perineal hernias are rather rare in Singapore. Or maybe they are rare in my practice.

BOSTON TERRIER, MALE, 7 YEARS, 8.5kg. Two backside swellings.

June 19 2011. Owner appeared from the "internet" although he was referred by Vet 1 to her parent company. He researched on the internet and was affected by the adverse report of that company. So he came to consult me. Well, I could be fortunate in that he did not read any adverse internet reports about me as there are bound to be for all vets. The writers are anonymous and the internet forum owners are so far immune to prosecution for such postings.

He said: "My dog squats down more than normal for the past 3 weeks. His stools cannot come out."

June 22, 2011
Left perineal hernia repair
Domitor and Zoletil and isoflurane+oxygen anaesthesia
Tolfedine 60mg 1/2 tab/day for 3 days
Started to rub backside on Day 3 after surgery. Phenobar 2mg/kg = 16mg at 1/4 of 30mg tab once a day for 4 days. Rimadyl x 4 days 2 mg/kg oral.

Jul 21, 2011. Neuter. 2 testicles removed.

Aug 4, 2011. R perineal henia repair. 6"X3" swelling. Domitor 0.2 ml IV. Isoflurane + Ox. 2/0 absorbable stitches. Rimadyl 25 mg at 1/2 tab twice a day for 5 days.

This case is so much different from the "mother of all perineal hernias" in the Silkie Terrier that is 10 years old. I could repair the left and right hernias at separate times for the Boston Terrier but in the Silkie, I had to do both at the same time and it was a surprise that the old dog survived a 2.5-hour surgery and anaesthesia.

Pictures are at the webpage:

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