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Unread 03-07-2010, 08:44 AM
 
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Default My golden had episioplasty surgery (to fix recessed vulva/UTIs)

This might be useful for fellow dog owners out there.

I have a 10.5 yr old spayed golden retriever who has had a conformation defect her whole life--a recessed vulva. This didn't cause serious problems until she was about 9 yrs old. The extra skin folds and RV become a breeding ground for bacteria and are often the cause for recurrent UTIs (urinary tract infections) and other skin infections in that area.

This past yr has seen my golden get one UTI after another, and after trying to prevent recurrences with cranberry extract, priobiotics, and D-mannose supplements for the last 4+ months, the latest UTI had her vet and I deciding to go forward with the surgery to repair the defect. I was nervous since she's an older girl, but she really needed it and the prognosis is excellent for this surgical repair, with often total cessation of future UTIs.

She had the surgery 4 days ago and what a difference! Turns out her RV was the worst the surgeon had seen and she really did need the procedure. She's got stitches of course, which will come out in 10 more days, and she's on pain meds and an anti-inflammatory as well as an antibiotic, but I'm really happy I decided to go this route.

So if you have a spayed female who has a recessed ('juvenile') vulva be aware that episioplasty surgery may be the best course of action in the future. However, it's also good to utilize supplements like cranberry caps, d-mannose, and probiotics to help their system maintain normal ph and prevent ecoli bacteria from 'sticking' to the bladder wall, as a preventative measure. My golden will stay on the cranberry, et. al., going forward, which the vet approved.

If anyone wants to see before & after pictures, I have the ones taken by the vet. DM me and I can send the link to you.
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Unread 08-11-2010, 01:25 PM
 
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Default Pictures

I would love to see the pictures. I have a GR with a UTI and we are trying to be as noninvasive as possible.

Thanks,
Andrea

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Unread 04-24-2011, 10:34 AM
 
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This might be useful for fellow dog owners out there.

I have a 10.5 yr old spayed golden retriever who has had a conformation defect her whole life--a recessed vulva. This didn't cause serious problems until she was about 9 yrs old. The extra skin folds and RV become a breeding ground for bacteria and are often the cause for recurrent UTIs (urinary tract infections) and other skin infections in that area.

This past yr has seen my golden get one UTI after another, and after trying to prevent recurrences with cranberry extract, priobiotics, and D-mannose supplements for the last 4+ months, the latest UTI had her vet and I deciding to go forward with the surgery to repair the defect. I was nervous since she's an older girl, but she really needed it and the prognosis is excellent for this surgical repair, with often total cessation of future UTIs.

She had the surgery 4 days ago and what a difference! Turns out her RV was the worst the surgeon had seen and she really did need the procedure. She's got stitches of course, which will come out in 10 more days, and she's on pain meds and an anti-inflammatory as well as an antibiotic, but I'm really happy I decided to go this route.

So if you have a spayed female who has a recessed ('juvenile') vulva be aware that episioplasty surgery may be the best course of action in the future. However, it's also good to utilize supplements like cranberry caps, d-mannose, and probiotics to help their system maintain normal ph and prevent ecoli bacteria from 'sticking' to the bladder wall, as a preventative measure. My golden will stay on the cranberry, et. al., going forward, which the vet approved.

If anyone wants to see before & after pictures, I have the ones taken by the vet. DM me and I can send the link to you.
I would very much like before and after pics. My baby girl, a German Husky mix, has this disorder and it causes her problems from time to time. I am worried about what we will need to do in the future if it causes more problems than it already has. Thank you so much!
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Unread 04-24-2011, 10:35 AM
 
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Default Concerned in Yakima

I would very much like before and after pics. My baby girl, a German Husky mix, has this disorder and it causes her problems from time to time. I am worried about what we will need to do in the future if it causes more problems than it already has. Thank you so much!
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Unread 04-24-2011, 10:38 AM
 
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This might be useful for fellow dog owners out there.

I have a 10.5 yr old spayed golden retriever who has had a conformation defect her whole life--a recessed vulva. This didn't cause serious problems until she was about 9 yrs old. The extra skin folds and RV become a breeding ground for bacteria and are often the cause for recurrent UTIs (urinary tract infections) and other skin infections in that area.

This past yr has seen my golden get one UTI after another, and after trying to prevent recurrences with cranberry extract, priobiotics, and D-mannose supplements for the last 4+ months, the latest UTI had her vet and I deciding to go forward with the surgery to repair the defect. I was nervous since she's an older girl, but she really needed it and the prognosis is excellent for this surgical repair, with often total cessation of future UTIs.

She had the surgery 4 days ago and what a difference! Turns out her RV was the worst the surgeon had seen and she really did need the procedure. She's got stitches of course, which will come out in 10 more days, and she's on pain meds and an anti-inflammatory as well as an antibiotic, but I'm really happy I decided to go this route.

So if you have a spayed female who has a recessed ('juvenile') vulva be aware that episioplasty surgery may be the best course of action in the future. However, it's also good to utilize supplements like cranberry caps, d-mannose, and probiotics to help their system maintain normal ph and prevent ecoli bacteria from 'sticking' to the bladder wall, as a preventative measure. My golden will stay on the cranberry, et. al., going forward, which the vet approved.

If anyone wants to see before & after pictures, I have the ones taken by the vet. DM me and I can send the link to you.
Please do send my pics...I forgot to give you my email....gelfling79c@netscape.net. Thank you for the pics. I am sure it will help us.
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Unread 04-25-2011, 02:09 PM
 
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Sorry I just saw this posting.

I will have to try and find the pictures.

I'm sorry to report that my beautiful golden had a large tumor in her spleen, unknown at the time of her surgery, and a month later she had emergency surgery to remove her spleen. It was cancer. Hemangiosarcoma. She was euthanized 3 months later, after we tried chemo. July 16, 2010. I've been deep in grief since she was diagnosed and am just now, a year later, starting to feel a little better.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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Default Grief

I am writing this with heavy heart as I read your last post. My heart goes out to you in your loss. My pets have always been a part of my family and I have suffered loss as well. It is an aweful time. Time will heal and the memories will remain. All my positive energy goes out to you in hopes of your healing. They are all little gifts loaned to us while we are here. Peace to you.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 01:14 PM
 
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I'm so sorry to hear you lost your beautiful girl...it takes a long time for the sharpness of the pain to ease, and believe me, I understand that pain and still find there are plenty of tears left in me for a beloved cat who crossed the bridge back in September 2008. My heart goes out to you...(((HUGS))).
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Unread 12-06-2011, 07:46 AM
 
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Default Still have pictures?

Hi,
My name is Kathleen and I have a 3 year old German Shepherd who has the same problem. My vet is suggesting this surgery. She said Bella's RV is the worst that she has seen in her 15 years as a vet. Do you still have the pictures (I know it was a few years ago), and any idea of the cost? I'm sure the costs are different now and I live in Savannah, GA so the cost may be more because of the area/specialist... but my husband is unsure that this is the best course of action and is afraid it wont be worth the cost since the vet said the UTIs and yeast infections can still occur afterwards. Also, did this work well for your dog? Any information that you have would be very helpful to me. I feel so bad for my poor pup since this is the third one she has had now that is requiring steroid injections, antibiotics, anti-fungal meds, and oral steroids to get rid of it. She's miserable and if this will help her, then I'd like to do it.

Thanks so much!
Kathleen


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Originally Posted by lottamoxie View Post
This might be useful for fellow dog owners out there.

I have a 10.5 yr old spayed golden retriever who has had a conformation defect her whole life--a recessed vulva. This didn't cause serious problems until she was about 9 yrs old. The extra skin folds and RV become a breeding ground for bacteria and are often the cause for recurrent UTIs (urinary tract infections) and other skin infections in that area.

This past yr has seen my golden get one UTI after another, and after trying to prevent recurrences with cranberry extract, priobiotics, and D-mannose supplements for the last 4+ months, the latest UTI had her vet and I deciding to go forward with the surgery to repair the defect. I was nervous since she's an older girl, but she really needed it and the prognosis is excellent for this surgical repair, with often total cessation of future UTIs.

She had the surgery 4 days ago and what a difference! Turns out her RV was the worst the surgeon had seen and she really did need the procedure. She's got stitches of course, which will come out in 10 more days, and she's on pain meds and an anti-inflammatory as well as an antibiotic, but I'm really happy I decided to go this route.

So if you have a spayed female who has a recessed ('juvenile') vulva be aware that episioplasty surgery may be the best course of action in the future. However, it's also good to utilize supplements like cranberry caps, d-mannose, and probiotics to help their system maintain normal ph and prevent ecoli bacteria from 'sticking' to the bladder wall, as a preventative measure. My golden will stay on the cranberry, et. al., going forward, which the vet approved.

If anyone wants to see before & after pictures, I have the ones taken by the vet. DM me and I can send the link to you.
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Unread 12-06-2011, 07:47 AM
 
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Default Oh I'm so sorry!

I did not read all of the posts. I am so sorry you lost your pup.
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