macoduck Posted December 31, 2015 Share Posted December 31, 2015 Percy is 12 and his medical history is a mystery having only been with us since August. He is a good weight, with good appetite. In the past 2 months we've noticed some slight changes in his breathing, but only when he is excited (like when I come home from work). He tries to bark but he has never had much of a voice. He gasps for air in his effort to bark. Once he calms down (less than 2 minutes) he's normal again. Although he doesn't run laps in the yard he will chase the occasional squirrel and likes to run in after pooping. He's gasping/breathing hard then but recovers quickly. I've been reading old posts on GT about LP and tie back surgery. This seems to happen more with older greyhounds and most folks are happy that they had it done. I also read this: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=2331 Of the symptoms listed we have this: -Voice change although we don't know how long he's been semi-voiceless -Loud breathing sounds for brief periods -Respiratory gasping or distress after running in to the house and we he gets excited about me coming home, but over in a short amount of time I've read about a possible neurological connection. He did knuckle a back foot but was able to stand normally in less than a minute. He has some odd granular feeling lumps in the loose skin of his throat, maybe the size of a pencil eraser, just along one side but not deep tissue. He did have an extremely hard time when he had all but 2 remaining teeth removed. Severe bleeding and the horrible panting, gasping, extreme stress, pale gums. Took him over 24 hours to begin to breathe normally. Percy will see the vet tomorrow for a brief exam and discussion of possible LP. I doubt she even does the tie back procedure. That will require a 1.5 hour drive to the specialty referral clinic. Consults there are booked over a month out and surgery would not be done that day. According to that clinic's secretary, it would require a 3 night stay. Is it normal to have to stay that long? Is Percy at too high a risk given the near-fiasco with his dental surgery and excessive bleeding? My heart breaks when I hear him gasping, but then the event is over fairly quickly. My fear is that one day he will not recover and panic in his attempts to get air. What are the issues that cause a vet surgeon to decline performing the surgery? Quote NoAh the podenco orito, Rita the podenco maneta, Howie the portuguese podengo maneto Angels: Mr X aka Denali, Lulu the podenco andaluz, Hada the podenco maneta, Georgie Girl (UMR Cordella), Charlie the iggy, Mazy (CBR Crazy Girl), Potato, my mystery ibizan girl, Allen (M's Pretty Boy), Percy (Fast But True), Mikey (Doray's Patuti), Pudge le mutt, Tessa the iggy, Possum (Apostle), Gracie (Dusty Lady), Harold (Slatex Harold), "Cousin" Simon our step-iggy, Little Dude the iggy ,Bandit (Bb Blue Jay), Niña the galgo, Wally (Allen Hogg), Thane (Pog Mo Thoine), Oliver (JJ Special Agent), Comet, & Rosie our original mutt. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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