Belleview Posted September 1, 2008 Report Share Posted September 1, 2008 Hi all- Throwing this out for any ideas- My old girl, Tess, a very fit 12 yo, is having a real ordeal with a throat injury/infection. History- Last Sat (8/23), she & all the rest of the dogs had their weeking "bone day" as in everyone gets a big beef knuckle bone, I sit in the yard & read for an hour or so while the gnaw on them. 7 bones go out, 7 bones come back. Sat. evening, Tess was slow to eat her supper. Since she's usually a speed eater, I checked her mouth, worrying about finding a broken tooth. I noticed a laceration above one canine & was *hoping* she didn't fracture the tooth above the gumline, but she didn't mind me fussing with the tooth, so figured it was just a sore gum issue. The following day I was called out of town on short notice. At the last minute, I took her with me just to keep an eye on her. Over the next two days, she seemed less and less comfortable eating, even soft stuff, and starting coughing/gagging when she tried. Some stuff went down, but alot blew back up. I was in no-vet no man's land, so had to make a hurried trip back to have her seen by my vets. They x-rayed her throat & didn't see any obstruction. Thought she may have had something stuck which dislodged & her symptoms were from residual discomfort aggrevated by the coughing/gagging. Put her on antibiotics and a cough suppressant. I thought she improved slightly, however, it may have been wishing thinking, as within a day she was back to gagging & coughing & refusing food even tho she clearly *wants* to eat. Back to the vet, who did a endoscopy. They found nothing stuck in her throat, but said it was super red & irritated & her larynx was like "mincemeat." Added Pred. to list of drugs. Two days later & I'm still not seeing much improvement. She is actually eating soft food, but is still having violent and obviously painful gagging/choking episodes. Heading back to the vets today. We're going to try something else, tho not sure what that will be. So, dog friends, anybody have any ideas? (BTW, I've seen her mouth toys and such, so I'm sure her tooth/gum issue was a red herring.) Lori Cunningham Belleview Farm Milton, PA Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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