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Hi everyone! I haven't posted for a while because I am confused by the new format, but I have been trying to stay up to date and hope everyone is well.
I am looking for some advice about Max. He is in the ER and having trouble breathing. He has had a runny nose for about a month, which we thought was allergies. After about two weeks since it did not stop I took him to the vet. He has been on a couple of different antibiotics which have not helped. Our vet did a nasal swab which showed a bacteria, and we have been waiting for the fungal component results. The night before last Max started having trouble breathing so we took him to the ER. He has been on oxygen ever since, and is not improving. They have him on a super strong antibiotic. They did a chest x ray to rule out pneumonia and a echocardiogram to rule out heart problems. They are going to do a CAT scan of his head and possible a rhinoscopy today, but it is risky due to the anesthesia and the inflammation that the rhinoscopy will cause. But they don't know how to treat him because they don't know the cause, and he is not getting better. This is just so scary. The rhinoscopy is going to make his breathing worse, and we won't have the results back for two weeks (because it is checking for a fungal infection), so I am not sure it makes sense to do it. His breathing is already so bad that I can't imagine doing anything to make it worse. I am waiting for a call from my regular vet to see what she thinks. Hopefully I can speak with her before the procedure. Max 5 years old.jpg
I just don't understand how a runny nose turned into something so serious. He is just the sweetest quietest little guy, and I am so worried.
If anyone has had experience with something like this, I would love to hear any advice. Thank you.
 

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Hi Kathleen, I will try to type a bit---have not been posting due to some of my own medical situations that complicate typing. I do check in just to see how people are doing. Anyhow, Kitzi was just (on the 23rd) diagnosed w/collapsing trachea (by his cardiologist) due to increased wheezing & a little coughing (nothing constant w/the coughing). We had exrays done & they were sent to the cardio who put him on Lomotil & wants us to consult w/internal specialist. I have since found out that my vet is on maternity leave & someone else there in the office must have looked at the exrays & did not notice this. (no one told us this). So, if you are not under the care of an internal specialist I would consider that & maybe someone missed something. He does have a heart murmur which probably complicated the first evaluation.
I hope Max is ok---please keep us posted.
 

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Sending prayers that they figure out real soon whats going on. Poor little guy.
 

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Hi Sandi - thanks so much for the reply and the good wishes.
I hope that Kitzi is doing better and that the medication is helping. How frustrating for you. I am so sorry to hear that you are having your own medical issues too.
I did just hear back from the doctor that the CAT scan shows a mass in his nasal cavity, which they are pretty certain is cancer. They will do a biopsy to confirm. Prognosis is not good, so I am just hoping that they can get him breathing well enough on his own so that he can come home for a little while. We are lucky to have a wonderful large vet hospital in Boston with many specialists, so he is being treated both by the ER doctors, and the internal medicine specialists and radiologists. I will be very relieved when he is out of anesthesia since they said it was so risky. They assigned a client care coordinator who texts me throughout the day with updates and photos, and she said she will try to get an update to me while I wait for the doctor to call. I have been very lucky that my little gang has been pretty healthy overall. I almost forgot how much it hurts your heart when they hurt.
 

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Hi Kathleen!
Im so sorry to hear about Max. I hope there is something the doctors can do to help him. If its cancer, is there not a treatment for him? Ill be thinking of you both snd will be sending positive thoughts your way 🙏🏻
 

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Kathleen I'm so sorry they found a mass. Maybe it can be treated?
 

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I am so sorry to hear about your baby,
Sending prayers for max and you. I hope the mass can be treated and feels better soon
 

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Kathleen, I came back to see there is an up-date on Max? My heart is heavy for you. You are such a good dog-mom! Please know you will be in my prayers. Is it Angell Hospital where he is? If so, he is in very good hands. Lisi's surgeon trained there.

I am following w/great compassion---please little Max, know we are there w/you.
 

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Kathleen,
I am so sorry your sweet little Max has to go thru this. I can only imagine what you are going thru. I am praying for you and that Max will be able to come home soon....Also, for his breathing, pain, wisdom for a treatment plan for him & healing. I will be watching for updates on him when you have time.
Hugs & Prayers coming your way
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Hi Kathleen!
Im so sorry to hear about Max. I hope there is something the doctors can do to help him. If its cancer, is there not a treatment for him? Ill be thinking of you both snd will be sending positive thoughts your way 🙏🏻
Hi Joanne!
I hope that you and the girls are doing well. Thank you so much for the good thoughts. It means so much to me.
 

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Kathleen, I came back to see there is an up-date on Max? My heart is heavy for you. You are such a good dog-mom! Please know you will be in my prayers. Is it Angell Hospital where he is? If so, he is in very good hands. Lisi's surgeon trained there.

I am following w/great compassion---please little Max, know we are there w/you.
Kathleen, I came back to see there is an up-date on Max? My heart is heavy for you. You are such a good dog-mom! Please know you will be in my prayers. Is it Angell Hospital where he is? If so, he is in very good hands. Lisi's surgeon trained there.

I am following w/great compassion---please little Max, know we are there w/you.
Thank you so much Sandi. Angel is a wonderful hospital with all kinds of specialists.
 

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Kathleen,
I am so sorry your sweet little Max has to go thru this. I can only imagine what you are going thru. I am praying for you and that Max will be able to come home soon....Also, for his breathing, pain, wisdom for a treatment plan for him & healing. I will be watching for updates on him when you have time.
Hugs & Prayers coming your way
~ Paulann
Thank you so much Paulann. Your kindness means so much to me. I know that everyone here knows how hard it is, which is why I have always loved this community.
 

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I have a very sad update. My heart is truly broken. I spoke with the vet last night about the CAT scan results. The tumor in his nose was very aggressive and caused a large amount of bone loss within his nose and near his eye. Because it was so widespread and there was so much damage radiation was not an option. He was still on oxygen and they could not find a way for him to breath on his own. The tumor was creating a lot of nasal discharge so that he could not breath. They didn't think he would make it through the night. The doctor offered to stay late so that we could visit him, so we rushed to the hospital. We got to spend quite a bit of time snuggling with him. We decided that the best thing to do was to have him go to sleep in our arms. We didnt want him struggling to breath all night or to die alone in the hospital. There really was no hope for recovery. Even if they could get him breathing on his own, the doctor said it was a matter of a week or two before he would not be able to breath and that the tumor is very painful. Even though every second with him is precious, we didn't want to risk him suffering so that we could have him for another week or two. Of course, now I am second guessing, thinking what if..
There is something so special about these little white dogs. They are just pure love. Max was the ultimate lap dog. So mellow and peaceful. He just loved to snuggle. If you were having a bad day, one minute with Max made it all better. I just cant believe he is gone. He just had a runny nose for two weeks, and now he is gone. He was only nine, and at his last checkup our vet said his blood work was perfect, and he wouldnt be surprised if he lived to be 20. You just never know, and have to appreciate every minute that you have them. I have been through this loss before, but boy does it hurt. If feels like every cell in my body is crying for him.
I truly appreciate everyone's good wishes and prayers. SM has always been a special place for me, where we all understand the depth of the love that we have for this wonderful little doggies.

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I am so so sorry Kathleen. My heart is breaking for you.
 
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