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    Diagnosis Without Surgery

    Is it possible for a Vet to determine if a dog's anal sphincter muscle has been detached from its colon without opening up the dog and viewing the colon?

    Last Friday, while walking my Dixie, a Basset-Beagle girl, the neighbor's Pit Bull pulled it's chain anchor free in their front yard for the 2nd time and it attacked me and Dixie. I was bitten requiring 7 stitches on my right arm and Dixie was bitten several times with open wounds on her right hind quarter and left shoulder. In my panic and yelling for help, I did not see where else she was bitten, just that the bull was biting and tearing. After freeing my self from the dog's chain and my Dixie's leash, I ran to their front door and banged on it. They came out and pulled their dog off Dixie. When I immediately took her to the Vet, he said that her injuries didn't look life threatening and that he would take care of her. He also said that he would cap her expenses at $500 since I had to leave to go to the ER myself. While at the ER, he called me and said that on further examination, he found (the question above.) He said that he could repair it but he was not confident in his ability to do an adequate job of it. He said that I could take her to a specialist in Nashville to repair it, but that it could cost from $4,000 to $6,000 and that even then she could be incontinent for the rest of her life. I was so upset and distraught that I agreed to have her put down to save her from the agony of trying to have a bowel movement with this injury. He agreed to wait until I was able to go and say good bye to her. After leaving the ER, I went to say good bye to her and she was heavy sedated and barely responsive. I did not think to ask further questions but agreed to have her put to sleep and cremated. I loved my Dixie and miss her terribly. Again the question above. Was she taken from me unnecessarily because of my ignorance?

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    Re: Diagnosis Without Surgery

    Welcome to the forum! I just wish that you could have joined us in happier circumstances, but we are here to help in bad times as well as good.

    My deepest condolences on the tragic events which led to the euthanisation of poor Dixie. It must have been a terrible shock at first, and then of course an awful blow when you had to take that difficult but final decision....My heart goes out to you.

    Now regarding your question....I do not think that you have any reason to reproach yourself for anything that you did, certainly not for any kind of "ignorance". I am not a vet, and only a vet could answer the medical question you posed, but in my view it is highly likely that the vet told you the truth about the risks and cost of the injuries Dixie suffered. The fact that he agreed to cap the costs to you suggests that he is a humane and caring person, as well.

    To be honest, the question that you are asking is better forgotten. Looking backwards and needlessly blaming yourself ("Did I do the right thing?") will not help you and certainly will not help Dixie, as her soul moves on to a new dimension.

    Dixie is not gone forever. She has "moved to the other side of the curtain", but will always be close to your heart. Instead of looking back, please do your best to send Dixie all the positive and loving thoughts you can, as often as you can. That will help her more than anything else.

    The issue of the dangerous pit bull dog is something that does need looking at later. You would not wish this to happen to another human and/or dog, so it is essential that the human(s) to whom this pit bull belongs take their responsibilities seriously. The chain anchor has already broken free twice, so the risk is definitely there. In many countries of Europe, pit bulls are not allowed to be kept as pets, but in view of your mention of dollars in your post, I assume that you live in the USA, where keeping a pit bull is legal in most areas; for a list, see But that does not mean that the humans can escape their responsibility to act in such a way as to protect passers-by from attack - with 100% certainty. A chain anchor does not sound sufficient for such a strong and dangerous dog. I am not saying that all pit bulls are dangerous - but this one clearly is.

    If you feel in need of further emotional or spiritual support, please feel free to contact me via private message on this website, or via the contact page of my website (link in signature below). Every best wish to you, and blessings to the soul of dear Dixie!
    Last edited by LPC; 11-11-2018 at 10:20 AM. Reason: Typo



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