patty wrote:I've been thinking about Brina, how is she feeling now?
You know, I'm not even going to say she's doing good, because as soon as I do, something goes wrong. Every time I start feeling excited that my dog is somewhat healthy, a few days later she gets sick again. Ehh... Right now, she's still coughing occasionally, but she's been feeling ok, even has a little more bounce to her step.
patty wrote:How long does the vet put Brina on antibiotics? Just reading on the internet that a minimum of three weeks straight may be necessary.
They keep prescribing her antibiotics for two weeks and I don't think it's enough, but on the other hand, I hate giving her so much pills all of the time. but of course, if it's necessary I will keep on giving them to her. I thinking of going back and asking for another week's worth of antibiotics.
patty wrote:Cat24 mentioned the nebulizer, several web sites recommend that also. Some even mention when you take a shower let your dog in with you and shut the door. The warm steam helps.
The nebulizer info I went through so far suggests that it helps with pneumonia.
I've called the surgeon who did the surgery today and got nothing. He says there's nothing I can do to prevent her from inhaling things, we just have to wait for her to get used to the new way of swallowing. In the mean time, all we can do is treat her with antibiotics if it comes to pneumonia, even if that means once every month. All other questions I've had about support therapy for her immune system, using cough syrups, minimizing the effects of antibiotics on the body, using the nebulizer and stuff like that, went unanswered. I was told to "use my own knowledge and judgement" on that. You know, he's a great surgeon, but as a human being he's an arrogant prick. I went to three different vets with the same questions and none of them helped me in any way. I need to find somebody who is not only a good vet, but a decent human being at the same time and will help me get Brina through this, even if we have to do it by trial and error, I just need to find a way to at least minimize the aspiration pneumonias. I will however keep doing my own research, a friend of mine gave me a good link to some yahoo groups on this, I haven't had time to go through it all, but you can find a lot on the internet. So if anyone has any good links or other info about laryngeal paralysis, aspiration pneumonias and improving the immune system, please post it, I will be happy to read anything I can