she had her ultrasound today....not great news. while we strongly suspected an ectopic uretor because of the vets assessment from up north..it is a little bit more complicated than just that. one uretor loops all over the place before ending up in the vagina. the other uretor drains down from the other kidney into a large cyst like pocket before reaching her micro bladder. this is a severe malformation of her urological system and is a congenital defect from birth.
so for the past 9 or so years, teek has been leaking urine constantly because the mechanics of her drainage pipes are totally screwed right up.
can it be fixed with surgery?..maybe. it will be a long and complicated and delicate surgery that i bet will cost well over ten thousand dollars. can we afford it?..probably not. but if we don't do it, this very sweet and gentle dog will never get a home of her own because who wants a sopping wet, urine soaked dog?
and then there is the risk involved...teek only weighs a wee twelve pounds. this means that her uetors are very tiny and delicate...just like her. i cannot imagine trying to re-route successfully basically thin hollow pieces of thread. but the real risk is of scar tissue formation..if she develops post surgical scar tissue in those tiny thin uretors, they will obstruct, the urine will back flow into the kidneys and she will be dead.
sooo...we can play it safe, let her keep going, leaking freely with no home except saints ever in sight or we can take the risk..try to fix her and hope that she actually does survive.
i hate it when all options suck.