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05/26/11 Vet visit

May 26th 2011 2:53 pm
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This morning momma, Coco and I went and invaded daddy’s bed after he got up and we all fell back asleep again. When momma woke up she hurried and got dressed and took me out to the car and off to the vet we went.

After having the dreaded stick shoved up my behind, the vet started pressing my throat and saying that she did not think it was a collapsed trachea (Today we saw Doctor J. because the Doctor L. was on her day off). Momma was beginning to feel hope when Dr. J. said she thought it was just an upper respiratory infection, but with Logan still being on mom’s mind she insisted that they do an X-ray to rule out the collapsed trachea. Since I was at the vet again, they also did a full blood panel to see how the ole liver was doing.

And the results are:

X-ray confirms that the trachea is collapsed in two different places. The normal means of resolving this would be surgery to insert stents, but due to my liver this can not happen.

The airways to my lungs are inflamed thus contributing to my breathing problems.

Blood workup remains the same – The values are really high: which isn’t a good thing.

Both my liver and spleen are outrageous in size thus contributing to my portly appearance.

The tumors have grown a bit but nothing to worry about just yet.

My urine is super concentrated so I am going to have to start going to the vet twice a month for fluid therapy.

For now I am on the antibiotic Clindamycin to see if treating the inflammations resolves the problems. If not, then they will put me on cough suppressants to help but that is kind of a last ditch effort because my liver may not be able to handle them.

It’s not easy being sick and I certainly do not like going to the vet. I would much rather go on a fun road trip.

Thank you all for the kind words of encouragement and POTP’s. You’re the best!!!

Barked by: Ernie Wigglesworth (Dogster Member)

May 26th 2011 at 3:03 pm

sending you much love and POtP each and every day!
Barked by: Chipper (Dogster Member)

May 26th 2011 at 6:06 pm

Puff, I too have a collapsing trachea. I have battled with upper respiratory infections and lung inflammation for five years. It is not fun. Mom feels so helpless when I cough :(.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you buddy!
Barked by: Chester (Dogster Member)

May 26th 2011 at 10:39 pm

Wait a minute, Pals, do y'all have "collapsed" tracheas, as in something bad happened that maybe can be reversed (although not without surgery) or "collapsing" tracheas, which maybe are chronic conditions that need to be managed?
Sorry to be so nosey, but I like to be very specific when I send out HUGE, MASSIVE POTP to two good buddies like you both!

Prof. Chester, wondering how fast I can become an MD to help my buddies
Barked by: BUTTERCUP * Moms Angel Girl * (Dogster Member)

May 28th 2011 at 2:27 am






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