Q. My dogs cecum ruptured and is now on iv atb with no change in condition. Does anyone have experience in treating this infection? She is post op day 7
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS
A. Rupture of the Cecum causes a severe condition called peritonitis - it's very similar to what happens to humans when the appendix ruptures into the abdomen.
Basically, depending on how long it took from the moment of rupture to the surgery, the prognosis could vary greatly. if it has been caught early then with IV antibiotics she should eventually get better but if a long time passed between the rupture and the surgical intervention the infection might be beyond treatment - only time will tell.