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Hi, my dog is a 16 1/2 year old Shitzu/Pekingese mix and naturally about 10-11lbs. A few months ago I notice congestion while she slept, then around December I noticed she was heaving/coughing which always ended in a dry hack. She never brings up any phlegm. And she always has to get into a standing position to caugh...never able to do this laying or sitting down.
End of December, she had a CVC which showed high White blood count and a chest X-ray to rule out heart disease. She was given Lasix on 12/26/17. I called the Vet, informed there was no change and was prescribed Clavamox 125mg on 1/5/18.
Still no change, so another CVC & X-ray showed even higher white blood count over 16k and now her Red blood count reduced and xray showed left lung lobe calapse.
Also her weight his now 9.1lbs here a few weeks ago she was almost 10lbs.
What are your thoughts and/or suggestions?
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Dog Specialist: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Specialist: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I am sorry to hear you are concerned about Sadie. If one of her lung lobes has collapsed, that could be very serious. The things that can cause this are infections, cancer, pneumonia.

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Dog Specialist: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

It may be possible to get the lung lobe to reinflate, depending on what caused it to collapse. If this were my own dog, I would try to get a diagnosis. If there is any fluid in the chest, I would aspirate some with a needle, to examine microscopically to look for infection or abnormal cells.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
To avoid any traumatic procedures due to her age, we decided to use Theophylline 1/4 tablet 2x daily to open the bronchial. Will this help? And are my thoughts to give her a “quality” of her remaining life vs pain, surgery, exploration..etc...selfish?
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Dog Specialist: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Theophylline will help open the airways, but won't reinflate a collapsed lung. If the lung lobe stays collapsed, it may begin to decompose and then get infected. It really should be reinflated, or removed.

I can understand not wanting to put her through a lot of invasive testing. Just aspirating fluid from the lungs is not that invasive and does not require sedation.

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Dog Specialist: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

If no further testing is to be done, I would have her on antibiotics and pain medication. The Lasix and theophylline may help with her breathing.

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Dog Specialist: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I did not hear back from you. How is she doing?

Please let me know if this was helpful and if I can answer any other questions.

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