Help! My dog can't breath through her nose
, only gets air through her mouth (panting), and therefore has not slept in 3 days. She was diagnosed with malignant mast cell tumor, behind the hard pallet, blocking her nasal passages. Vet removed as much as he could (something the size of your thumb, he said), but can't get it all. She's 50lbs and been taking Prednisone (30mg once per day), Benedryl (50 mg every 8 hrs), and just started Lomustine (50mg once, per 3 weeks).
Vet said he cleared tumor out of her nasal passage, so her breathing problems are imflamation, and that's what we're trying to control. I don't think Prednisone is helping at all. Her ability to breath has gotten progressively worse, not better. I feel so bad for her. She wants to sleep so bad, lowers her head to sleep, but pops up ever 30 seconds to breath through her mouth. She WILL NOT sleep with her mouth open. Her gums are white=not enough oxygen. Vet is not available on weekend. She can't go on like this. If we can't control this inflammation, it's just time...
Q: Is her current dose of Prednisone (0.6 mg/pound once daily) the most she can take?