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    Default Help! Porkchop Needs Emergency Layynx Surgery

    Hi All,

    I was told this morning that my 2yr old Porkchop needs emergency Larynx surgery and might require a trach. has anyone ver heard of or experienced this? They are telling me the bill could be from $3,500-$10,000. I do not know much about this surgery to know whether it is safe or not. The vet is not giving me to many answers, only that they will not know the extent until they cut him open and see.

    Please help! I am so worried. I am doing as much research as possible but it is exhausting.

    Also does anyone know if pet insurance covers this?

    KZigmund

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    Is he saying why he needs or what's causing him to need the surgery?
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    Default Re: Help! Porkchop Needs Emergency Layynx Surgery

    What is causing this .. why this sudden need for surgery on his larynx????

    Also, what insurance do you have.

    Unfortunately, I know this is a very stressful time but I think we need a few more details before any of us on this forum can give any advice or help.

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    Default Re: Help! Porkchop Needs Emergency Layynx Surgery

    Thank you. The need for the surgery was explained to me because his larynx is already smaller than most breeds ,and he has swelling in his larynx and the surrounding tissue. I was informed this can just happen for no apparent cause. The swelling is what is causing a blockage in his larynx which is causing him to have extreme difficulty in breathing. He is very sluggish becuase he is using all his energy in breathing. It was explained to me that right now he is breathing through a straw and after the surgery it would be like breathing through a hose for him. He is on steroids but the steroids are not taking away all of the swelling. Also, because of the severity of the blockage, there is a chance that he might not be able to wake up from the anesthesia on his own and will need to be on breathing support along with a trach or breathing tube.

    The vet informed me that he did this same surgery a couple of days ago with complete success and did it 4 weeks ago and had complications. My main concern is his quality of life. The vet assured me this is a common issue among bulldogs but I was not aware of this severe of an issue.

    As for the insurance, we were told this is a gentic disorder and therefore would not be covered. We are looking into switching to PetPlan but this would be considered a pre-existing condition and also not covered as well.
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    Default Re: Help! Porkchop Needs Emergency Layynx Surgery

    Anything develop in this? I was thinking about you and Porkchop.

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    I am so sorry for Porkchop and you, I'm like @desertskibulldogs in getting a second opinion with a vet that specializes in bullies. Please keep us posted and we will keep him in our prayers.
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    Default Re: Help! Porkchop Needs Emergency Layynx Surgery

    has anyone heard anything about porkchop and the surgery?

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