Just over a week ago I noticed Dolly making the occasional sort of grunting noise and coming to the end of last week, it was obvious that something was obstructing her airway. When running about she was constantly making a grunting noise and I decided I would take her to the vets the beginning of this week, but on Saturday morning she was making so much noise just running a short distance I decided to get her to the vet that morning, as I had forgot it was a Bank Holiday and the vets would be shut until Tuesday. She was not fainting or showing any bluing of her tongue, but I was concerned how a dog that does snore a bit when sleeping, but has never made any noise and shown any difficulties breathing when out and about, could suddenly be making so much noise when breathing. I was concerned she might be heading for a Laryngeal Collapse
The vet examined her on Saturday morning and agreed there was obviously something going on and thought it might be Everted Laryngeal Saccules, but also thought like me with how suddenly that she had gone from a dog making no noise breathing to a dog making a considerable noise, that it could possibly be some sort of growth. She felt that she would be okay until Tuesday though, as she was not passing out or showing any bluing of her tongue.
So back to the vets this morning to further investigate what was going on with Dolly's breathing. I dropped her off and waited for the phone call to hopefully know what we were looking at and whether she may need to be seen by a specialist vet. Well. I got the phone call just before 2 pm and it seems that my thoughts on a growth were right. When they put her out to investigate further, they opened her mouth whilst she was lied on her front they could see nothing that could be causing the noise, but then they rolled her on to her back and as they did this, there it was. A lump dropped down between her Epiglottis and Trachea. The vet thought it had probably been there for a little while growing causing no concern, but then had got in the last weeks or so big enough to start causing problems. So they could easily remove it and it has been sent off to be seen if it is benign or malignant. So fingers crossed and we will cross that bridge when we come to it.
Dolly is home now a little drowsy, minus noisy breathing though, For a nine year old girl she has done remarkably well and sitting in the vets this morning with her on my lap waiting to hand her over and sign a consent form, a lady beside me with a rather rotund Bichon Frise dog said, "Ahh!, she is so beautiful and she looks very young." She was surprised when I told her she was nine years old.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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