Monday, November 19, 2012

1186. Haematuria in a British bulldog. Durian seed, bladder stone or a botched up spay?

"Could it be a durian seed? My dog rushed and swallowed one yesterday, before I could stop her," the be-spectacled woman in her late 40s was not fully convinced that the X-ray showed a big bladder stone in the ventral dorsal view was really a bladder stone. Her 4-year-old spayed female British bulldog had peed blood in the urine for the past 2 days.

"There is a lot of food in the stomach and intestines," I said. "It is hard to see the durian seed. Definitely, the stone is a large bladder stone. Have you been feeding dry dog food for the past 4 years?"

"No, I stopped after she was over one year old because the other vet advised me to feed home-cooked food to resolve the skin disease problem. I only gave her the dry food in the last 2 days when she passed blood in the urine. Could it be a botched spay operation done by Vet 1 when she was one year old? When she passed urine, I could see the blood in the urine."

"If the spay had not been well done, the dog would be passing blood without any urine every 6-monthly. The blood would not just be present together with the urination." I said.

"I do not see such occurrences," she said. "How about the durian seed? I forgot to tell Dr Daniel about it earlier."

"There may be a durian seed but it is not seen in the X-ray," I said. "The big mass is the bladder stone in the bladder."

I advised antibiotics for 3 days before surgery. The owner brought her trolley and dumped her Bulldog upright inside it and took her home today. The urine analysis and blood test results are pending. 

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