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post #1 of 69 (permalink) Old 09-07-2008, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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Smarty needs a Tonsillectomy, Help

Hello all, sorry Iím been away so long, a lot going on this summer. DD moving to Wales and we have her terrier mix until mid October. She and Smarty tolerate each other for 98% of the time the other 2% is major dog fights.

Smarty has had urinary tract infections that have had her on 3 rounds of different antibiotics. Along with that she has had inflamed tonsils that have not responded to any of the medications. When you look you see two cherry red objects in her throat. We think this is why she has not eaten dry food like she should and not felt well for so long. So this week she may have her spay and tonsillectomy. Has anyone ever had a tonsillectomy on their dogs?

My trainer has never heard of a dog needing one, but my vet has another Havanese client that had to have 2 of her dogs tonsils removed. These 2 dogs may be related to Smarty as I know her sire had 2 litters in this area around the same time as her birth. He thinks it may be a breed thing as he has done very few in all his years in practice and to have 3 so close and all the same breed makes him wonder.

I say ďmayĒ on her surgeries as I do not know I am ready to let her be put to sleep, but I am worried about her never feeling well.

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I am so sorry that Smarty has not been feeling well and you have had a difficult summer. Sandi I have never heard of a dog getting a tonsilectomy. Merck Vet Manual describes it as rare, but producing permanent results. Since you are unsure how to proceed, have you considered a 2nd opinion? Has Smarty had a full range of blood work?
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I haven't heard of a tonsillectomy on a dog before, but I would suppose anything is possible! Of course you don't want her in pain and if it was your child you would surely want to get it done if the doctor was recommending it. So your vet has done this operation before? Is it a difficult operation? Big hugs to you and Smarty both! I know you already have alot on your mind so I hope this goes smoothly for you.
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Thanks for your thoughts and concern.

2 vets in this practice have seen her as they think it is rare also. When I looked in her throat it is very obvious that it is not right. He blood work is fine in all directions. We have pulled it three times in the course of the summer.

I understand it is a fairly simple operation as it is with humans, She has been due to be spayed for months just waiting for her to get well enough.

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oh poor Smarty. I have nothing to offer but hugs and support and belly rubs... keep us posted.




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Thanks for your thoughts and concern.

2 vets in this practice have seen her as they think it is rare also. When I looked in her throat it is very obvious that it is not right. He blood work is fine in all directions. We have pulled it three times in the course of the summer.

I understand it is a fairly simple operation as it is with humans, She has been due to be spayed for months just waiting for her to get well enough.
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I would suggest you get another opinion at a different vet, maybe even from a university in your area that has a school for veterinary medicine.

I don't want to scare you all, but I disagree that it is a simple operation, as we almost lost my daughter a couple of years ago from this surgery. It was very serious.
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Sandi--I am curious about the symptoms that Smarty has been exhibiting and for how long.

I am in favor of the 2nd opinion from a highly respected vet in the area. I am concerned that he has done tonsilectomies on 2 Havanese already (Smarty would be the third) when many people here have never heard of 1 being done on any dog.
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Sandi,
I'm so sorry to read of Smarty not feeling well. I have never heard of that before either,but I know you'll do what is best for your beautiful girl. Hugs to you and Smarty

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Smartie is such a sweetie - I have always loved your avatar. She looks so happy! So I am so sorry she is having health difficulties. I have no advice but will offer a prayer that all will soon be well with her. Cazzie and Chelsie send her get-well-soon lickies! Please keep us posted,
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Hi Sandi,

I'm in GA too so I'm wondering who your breeder is. We're new to having a dog so this is all new to me, Scooter is almost 6 months old and goes in to be neutered in two weeks.

I'm sorry to hear that Smarty is sick and hope she's feeling better soon!

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