Hmm.. I've only used a nebulizer once and that was years ago on some foster kittens who had major respiratory issues and it helped them. Other than that, I have no experience with it, I'll have to look into it.Cat24 wrote:I don't have an experience with dogs with this condition, just humans but unless you're planning to use the nebulizer to administer the antibiotics I think it would be counter productive to have her inhale mist.
That actually exists? I'll look into it. Wouldn't a dog be drinking more while taking these? The thing is, Brina isn't producing any more saliva than a normal dog, we fixed all of her dental issues earlier this year and her mouth is completely healthy.Cat24 wrote:My thoughts would be to inquire about medications or supplements which would inhibit saliva production.
The problem is, there's no way to predict when it will happen. It just kinda happens randomly.Cat24 wrote:and depending on when Brina is inhaling the liquid perhaps something like one of the dental suction wands to help remove excess saliva.
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:I've been thinking about Brina, how is she feeling now?
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:How long does the vet put Brina on antibiotics? Just reading on the internet that a minimum of three weeks straight may be necessary.
The nebulizer info I went through so far suggests that it helps with pneumonia.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.
While there’s no cure, the most effective way to treat it is through what’s called a “tie-back surgery.”
Returning to Milovancev’s curtain analogy, the surgery involves “tying back” one side of cartilage, keeping it open to ensure the dog gets sufficient oxygen to breathe.
Surgeons don’t tie back both sides because that can increase the risk of complications after surgery, he says.
Pet owners who opt to have the surgery done at OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine can participate in an ongoing clinical trial. The trial is a blinded study in which some of the canine participants will receive a commonly prescribed anti-nausea drug called metoclopramide.
The surgery is successful without complication more than 80 percent of the time, Milovancev says. The most serious complication from the surgery is a condition called aspiration pneumonia, an infection of the lungs and airways to the lungs.
The condition occurs when the foreign matters, such as food, regurgitated stomach contents or other liquids, are breathed into the lungs.
Dogs with laryngeal paralysis are already at risk of developing aspiration pneumonia, because the esophageal nerves may also be affected; undergoing anesthesia can increase the risk.
Milovancev and his colleagues hope that metoclopramide will prevent the dog’s chances of developing aspiration pneumonia by decreasing the possibility for reflux to occur.
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