What a day yesterday was 12 hours at vets and a roller coaster of emotions. Bonnie was showing signs of struggling to breath, thinking she was suffering paralysis as a result of her SM we rushed her down to our local vet in the morning, where they found a swelling in her throat...we thought that was good news maybe easy solution remove foreign object. She was placed on O2 while the vets tried unsuccessfully to insert breathing tube. x-ray showed swelling in her throat and fluid on her chest and abdomen...first thought possible heart failure...what more could go wrong for this little dog? Emotions thinking today might be the day to let her go at a young age of 3. Well more did go wrong..when they moved her to do another x-ray she went into cardiac arrest. Our wonderful local vets brought her back, but we now had to try and move her to a specialist vet 1hr away and she was unable to go without O2, trying to get portable o2 was becoming a problem...to the rescue came the local fire brigade who loaned their oxy viva.
We just made the journey to the vets with our local vet in the back seat with her (the O2 cylinder ran out about 1min away), rushed her in where she was again stabilised after going blue a few times, huge swelling completely blocking her airways, vets thinking tumor. Again thinking we were going to lose her today a CT scan was done, so we could make the right decision. Low and behold fluid was found and gunky pus was syringed out. She had a massive abscess, her only chance was surgery though risky. Vet cleaned out the abcess and said it was one of the most putrid smells. Surgery a success so far. Now just waiting for swelling in her throat to go down and hoping none of the pus is in her lungs. She has a tracheotomy tube and is on O2 still and massive antibiotics.
I'm glad it wasn't her SM, heart failure or a tumor, because I think I would have been making a hard decision. It was something unrelated and probably caused by a grass seed. But aren't our Cavs stoic creatures they just keep fighting. She is not out of the woods yet but things are looking up. I think the only reason we work is to look after our dear pets.
Paula and Molly (missing her sister Bonnie)