I have a spoiled rotten,10 yr old neutered male Shih Tzu, named Kuro. He's also blind, but still my sweet baby!
Although it's only him and me now, there's a lot of talking around our house. I didn't realize he knows so many words! Some people say it's repetition, but I prefer to think he's that smart.......
We moved to Michigan from Indiana 4 years ago, and for the first 7 years of Kuro's life, the only expense I had was vaccinations, grooming,and buying toys. ( Lots of toys)
But time passes on and age starts taking a toll, and he started having problems: bladder, tumor on paw,liver enzymes too high, dental work, eye problems,and for the past few months, skin problems.
Dr. Dhaliwal has done all of Kuro's surgeries, and worked with me on the other problems. He never loses his patience, and stays calm while I am asking my 100 questions .
Dr. Dhaliwal is definitely in the correct profession. It seems he has a passion for not only helping animals, but he takes every opportunity to learn new techniques so he can help them even more.
The staff is also very nice. They greet you with a smile, take the time to talk, explain meds,etc. and if Dr. D. doesn't call to check on Kuro after a procedure, the staff will, and that means a lot to me.
Michigan Avenue Animal Hospital is a caring place, and everyone makes sure your pet is given the best care. Whatever it takes to make you and your pet "HAPPY!"
Abdominal Exploratory Laparotomy
An abdominal exploratory is a surgical procedure involving the opening of
the abdominal cavity and examination of the abdominal organs.
An abdominal exploratory is indicated whenever there is significant
abdominal disease that eludes diagnosis such as
- Chronic Vomiting,
- Penetrating Abdominal Wounds,
- Abdominal Pain,
- Abdominal Fluid Accumulation,
- Urinary Bladder Disease,
- Abdominal Masses And
- Intestinal diseases are some of the more common
indications for an abdominal exploratory.
- Preoperative tests depend in part on the age and
general health of the animal as well as the reason for the abdominal
- Typically, radiographs, blood count, serum
biochemical tests, a urinalysis, and possibly an EKG are performed.
Type of Anesthesia:
- As in human patients, the procedure in dogs and
cats requires general anesthesia to induce complete unconsciousness and
- In the usual case, the pet will receive a
pre-anesthetic sedative-analgesic drug to help him relax, a brief intravenous
anesthetic to allow placement of a breathing tube in the windpipe, and
subsequently inhalation (gas) anesthesia in oxygen during the actual surgery.
Abdominal Exploratory Surgery:
- Following anesthesia, the pet is placed on a
surgical table, lying on his back. The hair is clipped over the middle of the
abdomen, the skin is scrubbed with surgical soap to disinfect the area, and a
sterile drape is placed over the surgical site.
- Veterinarian uses a scalpel to incise the skin
at the middle of the abdomen to open the abdominal cavity. The abdominal organs
are examined and evaluated.
- If deemed necessary, other surgical procedures
such as spleenectomy, biopsy, cystotomy, ovariohysterectomy, gastrotomy or
enterotomy may be performed.
- The abdominal incision is then closed with one
or two layers of self-dissolving sutures (stitches). The outer layer of skin is
closed with sutures or surgical staples; these need to be removed in about 10
to 14 days.
Abdominal Exploratory Time:
- The procedure takes about one to two hours to
perform in most cases, including the needed time for preparation and
- The time will vary depending on any other
surgical procedures that are performed. .
Risks and Complications:
- The overall risk of this surgery is moderate to
low, depending on the reason for the procedure.
- The major risks are those of general anesthesia,
bleeding (hemorrhage), postoperative infection, intestinal or urinary bladder
leakage and wound breakdown (dehiscence) over the incision.
- Overall complication rate is low, but serious
complications can result in death or the need for additional surgery.
- Postoperative medication is given to relieve
pain, which is judged in most cases to be moderate and can be effectively
eliminated with safe and effective pain medicines.
- The home care requires reduced activity until
the stitches are removed in 10 to 14 days.
- You should inspect the suture line daily for
signs of redness, discharge, swelling, or pain.
- The hospital stay will vary depending on the
reason for the exploratory and any additional surgeries that were performed.
- Hospital stays may vary from 2 to 5 days and
release from the hospital will depend on the overall health of the pet.