Bay Street Animal Hospital

718-420-9100 | 999 Bay Street | Staten Island, NY 10305
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Big Surgery for Tiny Trouper

At her recent re-check appointment, 10-year-old Chihuahua, Brook, and her mom, Thaycha, were all smiles. There was a lot to be happy about. Brook had a scary post-surgery complication, which, had it not been for the expert team at Bay Street Animal Hospital, could have ended very differently.

Brook was first brought in to the hospital because her appetite had decreased, and her owners noticed that her stomach seemed bloated. After several diagnostic tests, including bloodwork and radiographs, it was discovered that Brook had a condition called pyometra.

What Is Pyometra?

Pyometra is the name for an infection of the uterus that may develop when a female dog or cat has not been spayed. Pyometra is a serious and life-threatening condition that must be treated quickly and aggressively.

Brook’s surgery was scheduled for the same day as her diagnosis and took place in Bay Street Animal Hospital’s state-of-the-art surgical facility. With pyometra, surgery is generally the recommended and safest option, even though the surgery may be complicated and require careful monitoring and a period of hospitalization.

The Surgery

Brook’s surgery was completed successfully. But during her post-surgical monitoring, the diligent technicians noticed Brook had developed a complication and was having bleeding from her incision. The entire staff at Bay Street, including senior veterinarians, leapt into action, performing blood typing and a blood transfusion to stabilize Brook. She remained in the hospital under intensive care, as her owners visited daily to check on her condition.

The Road to Recovery

After nearly two weeks in the hospital with daily diagnostics, intravenous medications, and a heaping dose of TLC, Brook was ready to return home. Her owners report that she is eating, active, and gaining weight — all signs of a pet on the mend. This adorable, spunky little fighter stole the hearts of the entire hospital staff, and we are delighted to hear she’s doing so well and will continue to improve in the coming days.