Stoned…

Tobias, my 10-year-old mini schnauzer underwent his first senior wellness exam at the clinic.

Yes, he is a senior.

Hard to acknowledge on my part, as my dog of ten years still acts like a puppy, throwing his back legs to the wind and bunny hopping during his runs at PPark (that’s Prospect Park, Bklyn NY to those not in the know).

Pi Patel, 10-years-old as well also had his first senior wellness.

He does act his age and prefers long naps to getting his paws dirty.

Pi Patels’s physical exam led towards finding an enlarged lymph node on his chest area which was aspirated and sent to the lab**. Tobias’ exam was uneventful but Dr Q suggested a sonogram to check his bladder. A sonogram and radiograph confirmed Ca Oxalate Dihydrate Crystals!

STONED!!!

Not the stone effect of doing recreational drugs-just stones, which means LOTS of oxalate crystals of various sizes cluttering Tobias’ bladder! Two years ago, Tobias underwent a Cystotomy to remove the same type of crystals and to my horror, it returned.

Surgery was set for Monday.

I assisted.

Check in

Check in

Feeling the effects of Torbutrol

Feeling the effects of Torbutrol

Surgical Packs, intubation, flush and catheter

Surgical Packs, intubation, flush and catheter

Surgical induction meds-Valium/Propofol

Surgical induction meds-Valium/Propofol

Surgical tools: syringes for flushing, scooper, catheter etc

Surgical tools: syringes for flushing, scooper, catheter etc

Intubation and anesthesia, esophagal tube, sensory probe,

Intubation and anesthesia, esophagal tube

Sensory probe monitoring heart rate

Sensory probe monitoring heart rate

Monitoring

Monitoring

Ready for scrubbing

Ready for scrubbing

Shaving surgical site

Shaving surgical site

Bladder exposed

Bladder exposed

Scooping out the stones

Scooping out the stones

Stones

Stones

Sutures and closing

Sutures and closing

Recuperating with blankets

Recuperating with blankets

Surgery went well for Tobias and I thank Dr. Q at the clinic for his understanding and patience during the surgery.

It was a surreal and sometimes disturbing experience to assist with my dog’s surgery but I was grateful to be there especially during the post anesthesia delirium which ironically did not happen to Tobias. I guess hearing my voice during his ‘coming out’ of anesthesia was comforting.

**Pi Patel’s aspiration sent to the lab on a slide was diagnosed as ‘reactive lymphoid hyperplasia’. Pi has an ear infection on the same side as the enlarged lymph node so it makes sense with the findings.

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