Lola is a beautiful 4-year-old short-haired Dachshund who was brought to VSS at Underwood when she began to suffer from abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. In a distressed state and very unwell, she was admitted to Animal Emergency Service at Underwood, where Vets acted fast to give her fluid therapy for dehydration, and pain relief for abdominal pain while diagnostics were undertaken. An ultrasound confirmed a blockage in her intestinal tract causing horrific symptoms. With the potential to greatly harm the Dachshund if not removed, and so the decision was made to remove the blockage through surgery.
During surgery, Lola was exhibiting low blood pressure and was given a large amount of fluids to assist with the losses her body had experienced due to the obstruction. Lola had two small incisions made in her intestinal tract, which were used to remove the blockage – bone fragments – and following the surgery she was taken to the Pet ICU to recover.
The Pet ICU team identified that Lola was a high-risk sepsis patient. Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Whilst Sepsis presents many symptoms, the two most concerning signs leading to this diagnosis were low blood pressure and prolonged blood clotting. Due to her sepsis risk, Lola received some plasma from our K9 blood donor program during her stay.
Unfortunately, Lola’s journey didn’t end there – her intestinal tract was unhappy with the foreign material that had entered her system. At high-risk of developing tissue necrosis (dying tissue), intestinal leakage and peritonitis (inflammation of the membranes of the abdominal wall and organs), Lola had to remain under strict 24-hour observation from the Pet ICU Underwood team to ensure any deterioration was monitored.
Lola had a central line placed in her jugular vein (found in the neck) to help with post-op recovery, blood work, much needed fluid therapy, antibiotics, pain relief and blood transfusions. Central lines are important in high-risk patients, as they can remain without needing to be removed for longer stays in the hospital.
Lola spent the next few days in the Pet ICU being monitored closely while she recovered, receiving lots of pats and cuddles from the team.
It didn’t take very long for Lola to start feeling more like herself – she quickly began wagging her tail and playing with the veterinary staff. Despite looking bright so shortly after her operation, Lola stayed in the hospital for a number of days due to being at high risk of developing sepsis and peritonitis, eventually returning home to her very thankful and caring owner.