my 3yr old bully(kiko) will be having tail surgery within the next few weeks due to chronic infection in the tail fold area. Our vet who states to have worked with bulldog breeders back east, is titling it as more of a cosmetic surgery.
During the initial exam yesterday, as our vet was examining the infected folds around the tail, he stated that surgery is a must, due to it being badly infected, and he also indicated that my bully's tail pocket/fold area is one of the most deformed hes seen on bulldogs.
the surgery will be to remove skin folds around the tail pocket area, above and below the tail due to the deep folds. according to the vet, even if the tail was amputated the deep folds could still hold bacteria and cause infections in the area.
he drew blood from kiko, for a blood exam before the surgery. the total estimate came out to 1600.00.
heres a picture of the tail area:
everything sounds good, and the vet sounds very knowledgeable in regards to surgery procedures.
the only thing is i am dying of how nervous i am about the surgery. ive read that bulldogs are a huge risk under anesthesia, and i surely wouldnt like my bully to have any trouble while under anesthesia, kiko is about 70lbs, i dont want him to have trouble breathing. is there a way to sedate the dog, and then just put local anesthesia in the area the sugery will happen?
also, do you guys think this surgery will work by the way it sounds? or is a complete tail amputation the best way to go?
Post surgery, the vet said i will need to watch kiko for about 10days, and make sure he does not bite/chew the tail area.
Please let me know what you think, or your experiences with this type of surgery, anesthesia, etc. im very nervous, thinking twice about the surgery as i dont want anything bad to happen to my bully.