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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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We have a 3.5 year old great dane who is normally a very

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We have a 3.5 year old great dane who is normally a very happy and active dog. She eats well, plays around, responds very well and is extremely lovable. She stays at our farm and we bring her home sometimes. She seems to adjust well at both places. She have given birth to pups 6 months ago. She was spayed on 14th October. Her health was very good till then. All blood reports also normal. However, since then, her health seems to have taken a turn completely. She has not eaten after the surgery, probably would have eaten a couple of spoons when forced. She only drinks water. She vomited 3 times between 4 and 10 pm on the 14th. The first time it was the previous night's food and later only yellow liquid. She vomited again on the 15th around 9:30 in the morning. She has become very weak and is not even able to look up at us. Looks very dehydrated. We had taken her to the vet yesterday to change her dressing and they gave her saline and asked us to come back today. At the vet today, and we are told she is having kidney problems. Could the spaying have caused the kidney problem in our dane? Any kind of information regarding this would help. Thank you.

Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Can you upload a copy of her test results to our conversation? I understand that you might not have a copy of the results at home but her vet should be able to give you one which you could scan into your computer and give me the link or you can photograph the page(s) and upload the images by using the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see such an icon) or by using an external app such as or To answer you directly, if kidney problems exist at this time, there are a few scenarios to consider. The first is that Leila was born with defective kidneys (renal dysplasia) and the anesthesia during surgery was too stressful for her compromised kidneys which then decompensated (failed). The second is that Leila was allowed to be too hypotensive (low blood pressure) during surgery which damaged her kidneys. The third is that one or both of ureters was inadvertedly tied off during surgery which has caused a post-renal uremia.