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    I am sorry to hear this, but have no experience with it at all, Dallas is a beautiful boy and you have some hard decisions and times ahead, he obviously has amazing parents! Thinking you both keep us updated.
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    Update on Dallas...

    After plenty of researching dogs with tracheostomies, we learned that while it requires special care and sacrifice, dogs can live long full lives. We spoke to our surgeon and consented to the trach should it be necessary.

    Remember, he gave us 3 scenarios.

    The 1st was to start with removing the temporary tracheostomy to see if Dallas could breath on his own. He felt it was unlikely due to his airway measuring a mere 4mm, it was worth a try.

    The 2nd was a partial laryngectomy (previously I misspoke and said laryngeal tieback). Dr Cambridge said this is a low success rate and he would make the determination whether or not to attempt once he opened Dallas up.

    The 3rd was a permanent tracheostomy.


    So we spent an hour visiting with Dallas prior to surgery. He was initially nervously excited and panting heavily, which had us on edge. He quickly began to relax and then eventually went to sleep as my wife and I were petting him. This was very good as the technician said he had not really slept in the last 24 hours. I was amazed that he was able to lie on his stomach and yet breathe.

    We we left and anxiously awaited "the call". A couple of hours later, Dr Cambridge called, again amazed at Dallas. He removed the temporary tracheostomy and sure enough Dallas could breathe on his own!!! He said we are not 100% out of the woods, but he was very encouraged by what he was seeing.

    It's a surreal feeling knowing that we were so close to putting Dallas down. Especially after the 1st surgeon said the tracheostomy was our only option. Now he breathing on his own waiting to come home.

    I cannot express how overjoyed we are that our wonderful boy Dallas has yet again escaped a tracheostomy. We, along with all of our friends and family, had been praying for this outcome. We know that this may rear it's ugly head again, but for now I will just thank God for this blessing.

    I also want to thank everyone here for your thoughts and prayers, as well as the info that helped us make an informed decision. Also, we found a support group for dogs with tracheostomies that gave us great info called dogtrach.

    Thank you everyone and here is a picture from our visit pre-op.



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    Bless you, @Bulldogfan. You do indeed have a fighter in Dallas and one determined bulldog who has so much spirit and life in him. I will continue to pray for Dallas, and I know he's not yet out of the woods, but what you've shared with us tonight sure are great signs. Give your boy a huge hug from us!!




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    Quote Originally Posted by cali baker View Post
    Bless you, @Bulldogfan. You do indeed have a fighter in Dallas and one determined bulldog who has so much spirit and life in him. I will continue to pray for Dallas, and I know he's not yet out of the woods, but what you've shared with us tonight sure are great signs. Give your boy a huge hug from us!!
    Thank you and I will!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldogfan View Post
    Thank you and I will!
    I am crying tears of joy & delight, I thank GOD for this miracle
    and continue to pray for your amazing bully, Dallas. Thank you,
    Jeff for this fabulous news, keep us informed~GOD bless y'all!


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    RIP beloved boy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Carol View Post
    I am crying tears of joy & delight, I thank GOD for this miracle
    and continue to pray for your amazing bully, Dallas. Thank you,
    Jeff for this fabulous news, keep us informed~GOD bless y'all!
    Thank you so much Carolyn! My wife and I just keep thanking God for his miracle. I'll update again tomorrow. Thank you for the continued prayers.

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    What wonderful news! So happy to read this update of yours. You really are blessed with Diesel and your wonderful vet too. I wish you and Diesel may have more many many healthy years to share with each other. Good job Diesel boy.

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    What a wonderful update!! So happy to hear the good news!!

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    How amazing! I will definitely keep yall in my thoughts and prayers

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    @Bulldogfan

    I'm so happy and grateful that Dallas is doing so well… PLEASE keep us posted!!!

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    Dallas update...

    We spoke to the technician and she said he is doing fine! He's eating, sleeping and taking short walks. She said that she is amazed at his resiliency. Dr Cambridge will call us later with a more comprehensive update. Thanks again everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldogfan View Post
    Dallas update...

    We spoke to the technician and she said he is doing fine! He's eating, sleeping and taking short walks. She said that she is amazed at his resiliency. Dr Cambridge will call us later with a more comprehensive update. Thanks again everyone!
    Wow, so great to see such a happy and wonderful outcome to this story. I am so happy for you and Dallas. I pray his rebound continues. He is one strong Bully. This is one instance where their stubborness paid off.
    My smooshy face boy!

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