Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX in San Jose, CA, my dog's name is Buster. He went to the vet a week ago and was checked out physically. At the time the vet could find nothing physically wrong with him. Nothing enlarged, heart functions normal, breathing sounded fine, no temperature but he did notice that Buster's gums were not the deeper pink they should be. Buster was put on penecilin twice a day. After 5 days, there was still this cough and some spitting of phlem with very small spots of what looked like dried blood. I took him back and they did a blood test. Next day was urgent for Buster to come in, he had lung xrays and the vet noticed strange fiberus throughout both lungs. We took Buster immediately to the specialist for oxegen and further information. The oncologist suspected lung cancer but needed to do an ultrasound to see where it was coming from because it normally doesn't start in the lungs, he said. He didn't rule out a fungus infection but suspected it was cancerous. Buster's breathing is too labored for them to do a lung biosys at this time to confirm. My vet called on Sat. and said the lab had enough blood left to do the test for Valley Fever (something from the San Joaquin Valley - CA). Though Buster has not been there, Ididn't want to rule anything out. The tests came back negative.
He has no skin lesions and his lymph nodes are not enlarged. He has no temperature. His white cell count is up and his body is producing more red cells to make up for the lack of oxegen. He pants to breath but tries to be active. (We have another Border Collie- 4 yrs). He still likes to walk and eats well and drinks water. He urineas fine too.
Neither doctor wants to touch his lungs now. I realize I am grasping at straws but it is hard to understand how a healthy dog can become this sick from nowhere. I so want to help him breath easier and I'm trying to understand if there are other sicknesses that dogs can get like Lung Fibrosis. What would those type of xrays look like, if he had something like that? His current xrays have this webbing affect about 3/4 full.
Thanks for your expertise. Beth Stephens-Lamers
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