Hope For Brody

Hi friends,

Brody's story is long, but please bear with me. We are beside ourselves that we even have to do this. We need help. Brody needs help. As some of you may know, last Friday we had to take Brody to see the vet because we noticed he had trouble urinating. The vet, in her imcompetence, recommended that we get brody neutered. Even though she found stones in brody's urine she insisted that getting him fixed would fix the problem. So, we trusted the vet. On the following Monday we took him to some very good doctors that performed the surgery. As some of you know, though, Brody has a cryptorchid testicle, which basically means it never dropped, making this a very invasive surgery. To add insult to injury, the support staff at the surgeons office did not relay Brody's condition and issue. So during this surgery, the doctor nipped his bladder, as it was so full from his inability to urinate creating complications. At this point the doctor attempted to pass a catheter to relieve the pressure on his bladder as now it was stitched up and becoming increasingly worse... She was unable to pass a clean catheter after two attemps. The surgeon recommended now that we get him an ultrasound to check his urethra and bladder for stones. We, including Brody, were sent on our way. 5 days later, today, after no relief in his bladder and still having trouble urinating we recognized that there was blood in his urine. He was screaming in a  way we have never heard before at this point in such bad pain. We knew there was a problem. We took him to the Emergency Vet. They first tried to pass a catheter, which of course didn't work. Then x-rays. The doctor said the stones are translucent and a rare form, but there are definitely stones there which should have been obvious in the first place. In addition, this vet was unclear on the intentions of the initial vetrinarian who recommended we neuter our boy. The surgery was uneccessary and would have never relieved the problem. Brody was put through a surgery he did not need and now will probably have to have another.  We were given two choices: surgery or euthanize. We want so badly to fix our puppy, but it is not cheap. He is a very young, brave, loving boy who is full of life, but his condition is life-threatening should we not be able to afford fixing it. After surgery, he will need to be on a special diet to prevent this from happening ever again. As I am typing this, he is sedated at the emergency room and the great emergency vets were able to force the catheter and stones back into his bladder and he will be able to have the catheter until we are able to fix the problem permanently. He has been provided temporary relief, but it is eminent we get a cystotomy done as soon as possible. Anything helps make our sweet puppy better.

Thank you and love always,

Brody, Bianca and Eric.

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Bianca Bonilla 
Manassas, VA
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