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Hi, my name is Erwin and I'm from Indonesia.

I had a 4 years old Golden, her name is Iris and I just recently lost her (Sept 16, 2009) :(

At first she didn't want to eat and all she did was drinking, so I called her regular vet for a house call visit and he prescribed her some antibiotics and some immune booster vitamins. During that, I can get her to eat although not as much, and after a week, there was a discharge from her private parts. Called the vet again and she was diagnosed with pyometra. I honestly never heard of this before so I went online and many have said the best treatment option is emergency spay surgery. The vet didn't seem too keen on the surgery idea, and insisted on giving her different kind of antibiotics instead. He said and I quote "If antibiotic works, why surgery? Just finish the antibiotic first and if its not working, then we'll talk again about that surgery". I called another vet for second opinion, and she said surgery is the best treatment but lets see if the antibiotic works. She didn't want to eat at all after the discharge and vomited several times. I was worried so much so I called the vet again the next day and the second vet agreed to perform emergency spay surgery on her (first vet just told me to give her anti nausea drugs). She was sent for hospitalization that morning for pre-surgery observation, and the surgery performed in the evening. The next morning I got a call that the surgery went fine but my dog had a seizure at 5 am and died. It was a very sad day for me that I couldn't even function well at work that day...

I am looking for another dog right now, but i'm not rushing.. while I can never replace Iris, the new one might help ease the pain a bit. I was looking to adopt, but then I found out that in Indonesia, even those who claimed too busy to take care of the dog are asking for a relatively high price :uhoh: and you wouldn't believe the stuff some dog owners tell you to get it sold.. "feeding is easy, just feed him rice and boiled eggs and he will be fine, he loves that stuff.." oh my..
I honestly rather get a younger puppy so I know exactly the history of the dog. I bought Iris when she was 5 months old from a pet shop (she was the first dog that I ever bought), and after living with her for a few days, I suspect she was abused before as she was extremely scared dog. After living with us for a few years she was much much better altho she was still scared of big water gallon for no apparent reason (childhood trauma?).
Now I know better, and planning to get from a good breeder who really cares for the dog rather than treating them merely as merchandise.

Some pictures of Iris..

This was from the first day she joined our home


Couple of more recent pictures of her



I really miss her so much.. she always followed me around and slept in my bedroom, so it really does feel weird without her around.. and sad..
 

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Welcome from PA. I am so sorry you lost Iris. My friend went throught he same thing with her dog but thankfully the surgery went was a success. Good luck in finding another puppy. Iris is a beautiful as the flower!!! (my favorite)
 

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I am so sorry for your loss, she was absolutely beautiful! I have no idea why a Vet would have a problem performing a spay on a four year old dog with pyometra. I thught it was standard procedure.

Welcome to the forum and good luck finding a puppy!
 

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Welcome to GRF and so very sorry for your early loss of your gorgeous Iris. I'm sure when the time is right you will find your next golden and fall in love all over again.
 

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Welcome to the forum,

I am so sorry for your loss of Iris. She is a beautiful girl and it was so sad to lose her to something that might have been treated if the first vet didnt wait. Good luck with your search for your next dog. I hope you find one to ease your pain because he or she will never replace Iris just enrich and bless your life.
 

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Hi and welcome to GRF! Your Iris sure was a beautiful dog! I wish you the best in your search for another puppy, and I hope that you stick around with us to share your memories of Iris and let us watch your new puppy grow when the time is right to bring one home. :)
 

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Thanks guys for the warm welcome.

I thought neutering/spaying is the standard procedure too, the dog caretaker in the vet even told me the risk of the surgery is low for dog her age. I suspect the infection may have spread or maybe the ovary may have ruptured before or during surgery? One of the caretakers mentioned the surgery started at 8 pm and finished at midnight.. I don't get why it took that long either.

I actually have looked around a few pups and will let you guys know when I found my next Golden. The puppy buyer fact checker from this forum is very helpful but the health check might be an issue here in Indonesia as I wasn't aware so far of any check and certification for dogs against hip dysplasia and other health issues.
 

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Welcome to the forum, I am so sorry about Iris :( I do think that opening your heart and home to another golden will help ease the pain... every golden is special and by no means would they be "replacing" Iris...but they will help you think of the GOOD memories :)
 

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Welcome, I'm from Indo too ^^

Spaying and neutering is definitely the way to go. 2 of mine are fixed.
 
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