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george108
24th January 2007, 03:15 PM
Just to keep you posted on George's coughing/gagging. My vet said that the x-ray showed a narrowing of his trachea and referred him to the vet
college in Dublin. He went on Monday and had several tests done. Blood tests were fine. His heart was checked out and also appears to be fine. He then had an x-ray and the vet seems to think that there isn't actually a collapse. Their x-rays are digital and much clearer and so far no collapse! :D She said she can't rule it out 100% and that it could be very minor but it seems to be ok. In saying that she still needs to find out the cause of the cough. She checked his blood for any abnormalities but it was fine (except for the preds). At the moment he's on medication for lungworms and he's going back in 2-3 weeks to have the camera down his trachea to see if there is any problems/inflammation etc. So it looks like it's good news for George. We're so happy that he's ok. After being told that he had tracheal collapse and a slightly enlarged heart we were terrified of the outcome. Bottle of champagne chilling as I type!!

Shay
24th January 2007, 03:21 PM
Such great news!!! So happy for you and George.

duncans_ma
24th January 2007, 03:28 PM
WONDERFUL NEWS....A TOAST TO YOU AND GEORGE!!

coconut
24th January 2007, 03:44 PM
thats great news!!

george108
24th January 2007, 03:46 PM
Thanks guys. I'm sitting here at the pc beaming from ear to ear!!

coconut
24th January 2007, 03:49 PM
And u have every right to after u being so worried about the poor lil fellow!!

Scouty girl
24th January 2007, 04:47 PM
That's fabulous news. So happy for both you and George!!! :w**h**:

Zippy
24th January 2007, 04:49 PM
That's excellent news!! :)

Cathy T
24th January 2007, 04:51 PM
That's great! I was just wondering how he was doing. Thanks for the update!

matties mum
24th January 2007, 05:09 PM
That is great news ----Aileen and the gang(Jazzie--Barney--Sam)

Karlin
24th January 2007, 05:35 PM
That's excellent news! I know one of the links I posted for you mentioned that vets often cannot see and analyse damage clearly in the way a specialist can so that is great news. perhaps what he has is more related to some of the problems this breed can have because they are brachycephalic. Gagging and coughing are some common signs. Leo gags and coughs frequently when he drinks water for example. Lily goes into the cavalier snort quite a bit. The latter two also snore. Jaspar by contrast does none of these things-- maybe has doen the snort 3-4 times in three years.

I'm so glad it doesn't look to be a serious problem with his trachea and that his heart sounds OK too.

It's one of the things to remember about vets -- they are the equivalent of GPs and it can be good to get a second opinion on smething like an x-ray. Depending on the angle and the familiarity a vet has with a condition, s/he may or may not see things and those things may or may not be correct. It isn't a shortcoming but rather just the fact that they don't all have the same level of ability in particular areas. :thmbsup:

Joanne M
24th January 2007, 07:52 PM
That is wonderful news. Thank you for keeping us updated. I'm all tears here, the good kind.

Barbara Nixon
24th January 2007, 10:17 PM
This a piece of good news, especially as I've been offline for over a week, until tonight .