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    It's a good thing if he's coughing it up it shows its breaking up. I am praying so hard he will be ok, this is all I can think about. Frank is a strong bully and I think seeing you helped him immensely.

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    Thanks everyone. I know it is good to get it out of his lungs. Good thoughts and prayers for him doing well through the night. I am going to try to lay down for a bit. This day has been an emotional wreck. But it will all be worth it when he gets better and comes home.
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    I can't even imagine how difficult this must be. I am so glad there is encouraging news. Your vet sounds like he is just outstanding. Continued prayers for all of you
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    Still praying like crazy for Frank, you and your hubby.
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    Just checking in… I'm glad to hear that Frank is still hanging in there. Coughing is a good sign, get it all up!!! Still sending prayers, and please try to get some rest...

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    Checking in to see how Frankie is coming along, still sending prayers for Frankie to have a full recovery and come to you and your hubby.

    Hope you get some rest.

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    Hope today brings positive news!!!
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    Praying for Frank, hope today brings you Wonderful News and your Frank is well and ready to come home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biogirl71 View Post
    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.
    Thank you for the further information. Baxter always heads to the doggy water fountain at the park after running hard and is gulping while breathing hard. So now I am a bit concerned about that, but maybe I'll have him settle down for a few minutes before we go to the water fountain. You know how crazy they can get with things like food, and ... well everything. English bulldogs are very impulsive with things. So the gulping was probably part of that tendency. Baxter has been on wet meaty foods since I got him. When i gave him dry doggy kibble one day he didn't know how to eat it. He inhaled it like he does the wet stuff, and of course it got stuck in his throat etc. Because he wasn't taking his time chewing. The head was just "jerking" and he was inhaling it like crazy. He threw up all over the place. Only dog ive ever met that throws up simply because he doesn't take care to eat/drink properly!! Incredible. Anyways ... maybe something similar happened with the water. Hopefully some emotional calming prior to drinking will help prevent this for Bax, and maybe your guy too.

    I dont necessarily think it was his weight honestly. I mean I am sure being chubby makes airways tighter. But I bet it was hyper inhaling of water while excited that maybe set it off. Intubation *definitely* causes major inflammation too. You're right about that.

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    GO FRANK!!! Sending some prayers that today is better for him and you!

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    Get well soon Frank! Good thoughts and prayers from Missouri.
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    Thank you all - more positive news. We went through the night without a phone call, which was very good. Didn't get much sleep because I was so paranoid about getting a call, but it never came, thank goodness. We just got a call from the vet this morning and he said he was very happy with Frank's progress. He had a bad coughing episode during the night and started choking, but they gave him a light sedative to calm him and he didn't get to the point he did the previous night. So they didn't bother calling since they got it under control.

    This morning, he said Frank is eating normally and standing on his own and just looking around. They have a fan there so that it helps him get enough air and not pant excessively. He is still on nasal oxygen support. The vet said with the support, his oxygen levels are really good around 98% but if they don't have him on the support, his oxygen levels go down to 88%. The vet wants to give him a little more time to heal with the oxygen support and also monitoring his coughing. They are also going to try to remove some of the machines he is hooked to, like heart monitor since his bpm has been normal, remove the catheter to see if he can start going pee normally outside, remove the IV for antibiotics and start giving them orally with his food.

    So most definitely going in the positive direction. After all the ups and downs, I am cautiously happy because it feels things can change, but I am banking on Frank being able to come home soon. He has to, after all he has been through and still fighting and getting better.
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