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    DefaultKidney Removal in 5 month old Lab

    I am a long time "lurker" of this board and would like to say thanks for all the great tips.

    Does anyone have experience with kidney removal in labs? The vet found a large (described as small football size) mass/cysts all over my five month old female's kidney and rushed her for an ultrasound. The vet had actually "never seen anything like it before"

    The animal hospital wants me to remove the kidney even though she is not suffering from kidney failure. They say the abnormality can lead to kidney failure down the road and a dog can live a fine life on one kidney...

    Anyone have any experience? Thanks either way.

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    DefaultRe: Kidney Removal in 5 month old Lab

    Do they know why she has these mass/cysts? Have they biopsied them to see what exactly they are? I would think that that would play into whether or not to remove the kidney.

    I would want a diagnosis before treatment. :-\
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    I would definitely go to a specialist. They are acting first analyzing later. I hate it.

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    Unfortunately between my vet who I trust and the hospital stressing that I should get it done immediately I already agreed to have it removed.

    They have done a ton of blood work/ultrasounds/etc and they did send out her ovaries for lab work as well. They told me she would live a normal life with one kidney so I figured it was the safest route as well since she was all set at the animal hospital and my personal vet seemed alarmed as well.

    Does anyone have any experience with a dog that only has one kidney...

    Thanks for the replies...they don't make me feel so good, but I have no reason not to trust my own vet who was very concerned...

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    I think if you have a good history with your vet and a good relationship, there is no reason to second guess yourself, or their judgement. Myself, I probably would have moved quickly to have it removed in the exact same circumstances. I think you made the right call, don't doubt yourself.

    Do they know however, what the masses/cysts were?
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    Thanks for the kind words. They don't 100% know what the issue is...they believe she was born with an abnormally enlarged and odd shaped kidney that seemed to be slowing blood flow and whatnot (hopefully causing the spots they saw on her ovaries...)

    They will send the kidney out for testing once they remove it - seems backwards to me, but they said it was the best way to see what may have caused it.

    I pretty much would have agreed with anything...poor pup is only 5 months old and up until yesterday (the spaying) showed no signs of anything and was just a beautiful happy female lab.

    waiting to hear back is the hardest part...

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    Hoping you hear soon and get great news.

    I take Puff to Kansas State's CollVetMed Teaching Hospl and trust their diagnostic skill.

    If you live within driving distance of a Coll/Schl of VetMed, you might consider that in the future.
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    DefaultRe: Kidney Removal in 5 month old Lab

    While not directly dog-related, my father had one of his kidneys removed in his twenties, due to damage in a train wreck. It did not affect him at all, and he passed in his 70s from unrelated causes.

    I hope your girl heals up fast and that you get some firm diagnosis/resolution on her issue !


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    DefaultRe: Kidney Removal in 5 month old Lab

    thanks everyone for the kind thoughts...she is in surgery right now and I spoke to the doctor and she said that this may actually be one for the medical journals. It is so large that they are "excited" to send it off to the lab to see what it is!

    She is only a 39 lb 5 month old pup...this thing must have been almost half of her...

    Hopefully Lola takes after your father and lives to her 70s

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    DefaultRe: Kidney Removal in 5 month old Lab

    If you got your dog from a breeder, you should let the breeder know.

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