My mate has a 6 year old lab bitch. Up until this incident she was an above average gundog, alert, agile and just full of life.
About 6 weeks ago the dog was taken for her yearly check during which it was noted by the vet that she had a broken and loose back tooth. An arrangement was made to have the tooth removed under general anaesthetic. On the day my mate took the dog in and was told that she would be ready to be collected about 2.30pm. Not long after dropping her off he received a phone call from the vet saying that they had seen another 5 teeth (2 bottom 3 top) that were also loose. It was agreed that these teeth be removed at the same time.
Just before 2.30 my mate got another call stating that the dog was still well under and that he should leave it till about 5.30. At this time he uplifted the dog. She was still fairly groggy but recovered soon after she was in the fresh air. Apart for going out to the toilet that evening she slept right through till the following morning. She was now apparently fine and was able to go for a short walk and had a light meal.
Since this op the dog has more and more began to hold her head to the left and would appear to be weak on her left side. She quite often stumbles into objects on her left. She has gone from a dog full of life to looking bewildered and confused although she is still eating well, goes out for exercise.
Last Saturday she was out at our shoot but she is just not the same dog. She has lost interest and the drive that she had.
My mate has had her back at the vet and he considers that she may have had a slight bleed in the brain during the op.
To me she acts like she has had almost a slight stroke.
In time is there any hope of recovery? Is this just one of the risks taken during anaesthetic?
The dog is a pet as well as a working dog so there is no great probelm if she does not work again to her full potential but it is almost sad to see a dog go like this.