Giant Kidney Worms in Dog of Local Military Veteran
On 7/17/2015 “Bob” Brim presented to Redmond-Kirkland Animal Hospital for a two day history of blood in his urine and excessive drinking/urinating. He was adopted 6 months prior to presentation. The shelter said “Bob” had been rescued from a neglectful owner. He had not been outside of Washington since being adopted and the owner did not know where he lived prior to adoption. With diagnostic testing, Dr. Andrea Hoover was able to diagnose “Bob” with Giant Kidney Worms. She coordinated with the surgery specialists at Seattle Veterinary Specialists for “Bob” to have a Nephrectomy (kidney removal) on 7/20/2015 for removal of the kidney worms. They found one male worm free in the abdomen and one female worm in the kidney.
“Bob’s” background story from owner Andrew Brim:
Bob is Bob. He's his own dog. The VA helped locate him for me, WSU rescued him, and after 12 years of stumbling around after serving 6 years in the Marine Corps with depression major, chronic ptsd, and problems maintaining employment. Within a week of having Bob, I got my rest. He has earned the title Bob without quotations. Bob has never been trained, but knows to wake me up during a night terror. He has his own night terrors from his past, they sound terrifying, and I wake him and hold him. We get through the tough times together. Next month is our first full year together. I am grateful to have Bob in my life, we've both made good progress, and we will continue to do so.
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Information on Giant Kidney Worm: http://www.capcvet.org/capc-recommendations/urinar-tract-nematodes/
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Redmond, WA 98052