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Hi Matt. My name is***** Thank you for your question about Bobbi. The PPDH situations with cats are typically congenital and they are diagnosed a lot latter in life. There is always some risk with any anesthetic procedure and surgery. That can't be overlooked. I have owners at my ER that don't grasp this and they are the ones that are shocked when that extremely rare situation arises with a complication. The good news is that it sounds like she would have her surgery at a facility where they have a very qualified anesthetic team and surgical team. They are going to be monitoring her during the procedure and use all the bells and whistles to make the procedure as safe as possible. If nothing was done surgically? Would it get worse? If her coughing at this time is due to that liver lobe being trapped in the pericardial sac, then the chances are definitely there. I would feel that the risk of not doing the surgery would be higher than those of doing the surgery. Going into the surgery, you are making the decision to give her the best chance for a long and healthy life. I tell owners would they feel worse if she deteriorated later and had complications than going into surgery now and having a problem arise.
I'm glad to help Matt! I hope all goes well with the surgery tomorrow!