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    @Biogirl71 Any news yet?? I have been thinking and for all of you today!!

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    @Biogirl71 Any news yet?? I have been thinking and for all of you today!!

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    Praying for you and Frank. Don't be so hard on yourself. These guys start panting so easily it's difficult to know when it may be something more serious but you did all the right things. Hoping Frank is improving and we see a nice positive update soon!

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    Yes, coming to see your good news that Frank is steadily improving.

    Continued prayers and good wishes for y'all <3


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    Quote Originally Posted by Biogirl71 View Post
    Thank you so much for your thoughts and kind words. I have been crying over how worried I am about my little guy and I am also crying with how thoughtful everyone is. It helps so much during this difficult period of waiting.
    Super big hugs to you all.... sending prayers and positive thoughts for a great update and your boy being back home with you!

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    We just got back from seeing him at the vet. I am always glad to be able to pet him again and tell him what a good boy he is but it is so hard when he is sedated on the table hooked up to the ventilator. The vet said he is slowly improving. He is able to be on only 45% oxygen support now and is maintaining good oxygen levels in his blood with that support. He still has a lot of inflammation around his windpipe and a lot of fluid in his lungs, but the vet said that fluid has been coming up the tube and that that is a good sign.

    The vet said that he was going to update us tonight and that tomorrow he is going to xray his lungs again. The vet also wants to talk to us about surgery to trim the soft palate tissue and he also mentioned something about a tracheal surgery to put a tube in? I was crying a bit so I didn't catch it all, but is anyone familiar with these procedures?
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    Not me but hoping someone does & shares information.

    It's so difficult seeing our babies like this, my heart goes out to you.

    Positive news...Yay!...Frank is fighting and he is strong & determined
    to get home. Sending big hugs of strength to you <3


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    Have you asked the vet about giving him anti inflammatories? It seems strange that he would remain inflamed this long. I think there is something they can give him to help with that.

    Also, stories like this scare me. Is there anything you can share that maybe would have been the warning sign? I have to keep my eye on Baxter because he runs full speed at the park, and gasps for air pretty much the whole time. I don't think I could possibly know that something has gone wrong. This is why I try to keep his body fat levels as low as possible. The doctors kept telling me that when he was a little chubby, all it did was make his trachea more "fatty" and therefore more easily closed. The lack of body fat apparently extends to all the internal organs as well, and they are free to be more "open". That's the only thing I know is important to do. Do you remember any point at which he did something that may have been a sign of problems? Or was it just panting as normal?

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    I am not familiar with the procudure, and I am on late repying to this as I have been absent all weekend from the forums but I am sending good vibes your way! Hope frank will stay good and get better. Hopefully will have a fast recovery! poor little guy. He knows you love him and is there for him, and dont beat yourself up, you were great and nobody is psychic. all that matters if you kept your eye on him and knew to look out for this. some people are very clueless. and if anything this just made everyone even more conscious about their bullys. he will pull through quick and will be home in no time <3 hang in there hun!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Baxter Tiberius View Post
    @Biogirl71

    Have you asked the vet about giving him anti inflammatories? It seems strange that he would remain inflamed this long. I think there is something they can give him to help with that.

    Also, stories like this scare me. Is there anything you can share that maybe would have been the warning sign? I have to keep my eye on Baxter because he runs full speed at the park, and gasps for air pretty much the whole time. I don't think I could possibly know that something has gone wrong. This is why I try to keep his body fat levels as low as possible. The doctors kept telling me that when he was a little chubby, all it did was make his trachea more "fatty" and therefore more easily closed. The lack of body fat apparently extends to all the internal organs as well, and they are free to be more "open". That's the only thing I know is important to do. Do you remember any point at which he did something that may have been a sign of problems? Or was it just panting as normal?

    -B-
    They gave him a steroid shot to relieve some of the inflammation. I am also curious as to how much of the inflammation is a result of being intubated/on the ventilator. I am hoping that it will decrease when he is able to breathe on his own without a ventilator.

    As for warning signs, we just know his normal breathing and his normal active breathing. If it ever gets to the point where we hear a raspy sound when he breathes, we immediately stop his activity and get him to relax. This time it so quickly escalated to this wheezing combined with a horrible harsh long rasping sound as he was trying to suck in air that it instantly freaked me out because it was clearly not normal. I think just knowing what their normal breathing sounds like and when they are at their normal active state. I just wish I had caught it earlier. I didn't know this too, but someone watering out in the yard earlier and Frank was there and trying to drink from the hose. It could have been then that he aspirated water or when he was trying to drink water while panting so heavily.

    The vet also mentioned body fat as being a very important factor as well. We try to keep Frank slim (I think he is about 54 pounds) but after he pulls through this, we can always try to get him slimmer. Anything so that this never happens again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biogirl71 View Post
    We just got back from seeing him at the vet. I am always glad to be able to pet him again and tell him what a good boy he is but it is so hard when he is sedated on the table hooked up to the ventilator. The vet said he is slowly improving. He is able to be on only 45% oxygen support now and is maintaining good oxygen levels in his blood with that support. He still has a lot of inflammation around his windpipe and a lot of fluid in his lungs, but the vet said that fluid has been coming up the tube and that that is a good sign.

    The vet said that he was going to update us tonight and that tomorrow he is going to xray his lungs again. The vet also wants to talk to us about surgery to trim the soft palate tissue and he also mentioned something about a tracheal surgery to put a tube in? I was crying a bit so I didn't catch it all, but is anyone familiar with these procedures?
    Erin -- I had two bullies (Bulldog and Frenchie)get the palate reduction and it does help a great deal... does not eliminate the issues, but lessens the stress of breathing. Nitshcke also has a very small trachea, but not so small that they felt a need to do any type of tubing.

    sending many prayers to you all
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