Friday, December 7, 2018

3365. A 14-year-old female Jack Russell dies from bacteraemia

Dec 7, 2018.
After a midnight bath to clean stepped-on stools covering her feet, the dog became lethargic. The dog has cataracts and so could not see. She stepped on her stools. As the dog was very weak, the owner consulted me.

The dog did not have fever. Her teeth had thick tartar and she has gum disease.

Blood test shows
1. A very high neutrophilic leucocytosis, indicating a bacterial infection of the blood.  Total white cell count = 58.8. Normal = 6-17.  Neutrophils = 96%. Normal = 70% and absolute numbers = 56. Normal =3-12. 
2. Anaemia. Red cell count 5.2. Normal = 5.5 -8.5. Haemoglobin 10. Normal = 12-18.
3. Liver disorder. ALT = 161. Normal = less than 59.  AST = 243. Normal = less than 81.
4. High blood urea = 10.5. Normal = 4.2 -6.3.
5. Low glucose = 2.8. Normal = 4.4 - 8.0.

IV drip and antibiotics were given. The dog passed away 4 hours later, due to overwhelming infection. Bacteria could have come from the rotten teeth inside the mouth. As the old dog has poor immune system, the bacteria spread fast inside the body.

In 2016. See:

This was excised by Dr Sing Kong Yuen and the dog recovered very well.
There was no histopathology done to reduce medical costs.  However, now, 2 years later, there is no recurrence of the tumour. Hence it was a benign mammary tumour.

VIDEO on Dec 7, 2018


Jan 10, 2017
 A very rare case of a large bluish "breast tumour" in a female not spayed Jack Russell. Surgery revealed 90% dark brown blood-tinged fluid and 10% cystic cells. No histology is done to reduce medical costs. The dog is OK now.  See another video at:

 UPDATE on Dec 7, 2018
 The dog had a high blood bacterial infection and passed away on Dec 8, 2018. See video

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