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    Default Re: Labored Breathing - Need Assistance

    after my experience at our 24-hr emergency vet here I have lost quite a bit of faith in their competency. How could they miss so much stuff on franks x-ray and just send him home with nausea meds? And now with what happened to baxter. I would have caused quite a scene in that hospital as well. We know our dogs better than anyone. I can't believe a bulldog with breathing problems was just written off.


    I sincerely hope he is okay and I am furious for you. I hope you get an apology.


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    Hi All - Does anyone have any update on Baxter? I noticed his profile picture is removed and invalid. Just concerned

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    so if he was posting in another thread, i am going to assume baxter is ok. that will make me feel better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baxter Tiberius View Post
    I'm so livid right now. I have a long history dealing with doctors who refuse diagnosting testing when "they dont think" its needed. My mother died when a doctor stupidly sent her home, saying she was "fine". And I have my own mystery illness going on 4 years that has elicited arrogant, rude, misinformed responses from countless doctors. It seems to be their standard fare when they don't know whats wrong. Easier than admitting they don't know I guess.

    So Ill preface this by saying that I was the wrong person to put in this position.

    After an hour driving to the only open place in town, I bring baxter in, and he's doing his typical happy go lucky romping around the front lobby. When he gets a little hyped up, you can hear his throat vibrating as he's trying to inhale and its tighter than normal. Its obvious. But he's an english bulldog, and your typical idiot wont know that they don't always sound like slobbering pigs.

    Plus, I know my dog.

    We get put into a room, and some nurse walks in. She's only supposed to check us in. First words out of her mouth: "Uhhh what is he even here for?"

    I go: "excuse me?"

    Her: "Why's he here?"

    Me: He's having breathing problems.

    Her: He seems fine to me.

    Me: (about 400 expletives that didnt come out of my mouth) When he got back from daycare today he could barely breath. Its gotten better but hours later, he still couldn't lay down and breathe well.

    Her: Has anyone told you about soft pallet and snub nosed dogs?

    Me: .... Yes. But that has nothing to do with this. This is an acute event. I know how he normally breathes. It was after daycare.

    Her: The problem is that he's a snub nosed dog.

    Me: (visibly irritated at this point). No. That is not the problem. Are you telling me that Im making this up?

    Her: No im not saying you're making it up, but he looks completely fine now. Obviously its resolved.

    Me: (getting angry) Did you hear him in the lobby for the last 15 minutes gurgling for air?

    Her: No, but he clearly is fine now

    Me: (boxing gloves come out) Listen: He's having problems breathing. Its obvious to me his airway is constricted. This is probably due to excessive play today and breathing heavy. It most likely created an inflammatory reaction that resulted in his airway thickening and closing up. What he needs right now is most likely some prednisone or some other anti inflammatory to calm the airways and help him breathe more clearly.

    Her: Well I can tell you right now he's not going to get treatment for that because he looks fine.

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    At this point everything was a blur. That was the last straw for me. I stood up and told her I was not going to be called a liar. And who the hell was she to be making an assessment of my dogs health from 10 feet away? I stormed out of the room with Baxter, into the lobby. She followed, and I said "I seriously can't believe this. Are you kidding me? You're not going to treat him? What the hell does that mean?" I didn't hear her response, but everyone was looking. Mind you - "mama bear" was coming out at this point. I was only acting this way because I knew something was wrong, and some intern nurse just told me they wont even check.

    We left.

    I can not even explain how pissed off I am. Primarily because, as I said, the last 4 years of my life have been putting up with this kind of arrogant, uninformed nonsense from medical professionals. The icing on the cake was to get it from a check-in nurse who wasnt even a doctor. There was no exam. There was no checking anything. It was 5 seconds in the room, standing 10 feet away, and I'm being told he's fine, and ... oh by the way ... hes not getting treated.

    Needless to say I am going to make sure her boss knows about this. She broke so many rules that even I know she has. I called back and was still extremely angry .... left a message for the hospital owner to call me back.

    We are now home and baxter is still having a very hard time with the breathing but ... only when he tries to sleep. Had she even taken 10 seconds to listen to his lungs they would have seen the problem. Oh wait, she isn't even qualified to have a stethoscope. She's not the doctor.

    Im going to try giving him some Benadryl. But I worry that it will sedate him and his breathing will be even worse.
    This makes me wonder. How much training do vet techs get? Vets do not hire nurses, as there are no veterinary nursing degrees. I am sure many vets hire lay people who have little or no training. I know I have disagreed with these people before when it was painfully obvious they didn't know what they were talking about. One of these techs couldn't take a rectal temp on my bullmastiff because he didn't want her to. Someone with training would have quickly done this without a ruckus. I would have waited for the vet to see Baxter, instead of leaving based on the word of someone with possibly little or no actual veterinary training. You obviously don't need educating about the breathing problems of this breed by someone who hasn't a clue. I hope he's doing better!




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    Why is baxter Tiberius showing up as a guest and not a member? Kevin was an active member of EBN. I'm wondering why no update or recent post?

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    @Chumley I think he bailed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manydogs View Post
    @Chumley I think he bailed!
    Nope. Actually he didn't. It was a moderation error and we are desperately working to correct it. He has been notified.

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    "
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