Gary M Posted October 3, 2007 Report Share Posted October 3, 2007 My wife and I decided to have Baby cremated at a facility that was recommended by the clinic. Her ashes are on the mantle in an oak box engraved with her name so she will always be with us. We would like express out sincerest thanks and gratitude to all. So as to feel that her loss was not in vain, please be aware and keep in mind that whatever struck her down did so quickly. We will never know what the exact nature of her illness was but this was the progression. Day 1 - Hindquarter weakness, able to stand but unsteady gait. Alert and attentive. Day 2 - Increased weakness and unable to stand on hind legs. Drooling while eating and reguritation of food. X-rays at this point showed lungs clear and esophagus normal. Tensinol test for myasthenia gravis showed minimal improvement. Day 3 to Day 5 - No significant change other than occasional "throat clearing". It was like she was trying to clear her throat, but nothing would come out. Still alert and would try to scoot herself from place to place. 2nd Tensinol test on Day 4 repeated Day 2 results. Day 6 - Some improvement in hinquarters after 2 days of passive range of motion exercises with her legs. Able to hold a standing position but could not get to that position by herself. Late in day 6 started gurgling while breathing. Beginning stages of pneumonia. Day 7 - X-rays confirmed pneumonia in 1 lobe of 1 lung. Increasing weakness and difficulty breathing. X-rays also showed enlarged esophagus. IV antibiotics started as well as IV fluids because of dehydration. Day 8 - Pneumonia not responding to antibiotics, both lungs affected and filling with fluid. At one point she stopped breathing and had to be intubated. Started breathing on her own again but could not maintain sufficient blood oxygen levels. Decided not to put her on a ventilator because vet advised success rate for this rapid a progression virtually zero. We made the decision for euthanisia. The neurologist did feel that it was a neuro-muscular problem. He also said there are about a half dozen conditions other than MG that could have caused such a sudden onset and rapid decline. We don't know if we could have done anything differently that would have changed the outcome. We are not beating ourselves up for that. We did want to share the clinical side with everyone so that maybe someone else dog can spared a similar fate. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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