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Old 11-28-2009, 01:29 AM   #1
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Default 10 year old Brittany with Bronchiectasis

Dog and Bronchiectasis.
Our 10 year old Brittany has this disease. We believe he had untreated pneumonia for so long, that it caused the problems with his airways. We brought him to 2 vets, but both said he was fine. It wasn't until we brought in a video of our dog on the beach, that anything was done. SOOOOO.....
He seems to experience difficulty breathing mainly at night (beginning around 6-8 pm). He also had an 'attack' this afternoon, but it was short-lived. He's on:
Amnophylline (100 mg. 2 times/day); prednisone (5mg twice/day - we need to decrease this amount); Doxycycline (100 mg twice/day). He was on Clavamox, but that didn't help, so he's now on Doxycycline
I went to the vet's today and told them we needed something for his 'breathing attacks'. The vet prescribed Flovent (110mcg - 2 puffs twice per day or as needed). It's like an inhalent people use. We came up with a nice little mask. Tonight was the first try. The pharmacist wondered why the vet suggested 'as needed' because this is not a fast acting med. So... Help!
Are we doing all we can? What about his meds? Too much, too little?
By the way, he has an enlarged heart, but it's not getting worse - the constricted airways are. Also, he doesn't cough a lot (much of what I've read say that is one big symptom).
We are leaving in 2 and a half weeks for a 2 week vacation. We'll have people staying here to take care of our house and dog. I hate to leave for a vacation when our dog is going through all this. I'm hoping we can get it under control by then. I'd hate to board him at the vet's office - seems that would cause too much stress on his poor body.
Really... I'm wondering if our vet is just flying by the seat of his pants on this one. And right now, and a bit ticked because he never returned 3 of my calls I made today. I just wanted to help ease his breathing before we went into the weekend. I had to drive in to town anyway to get a refill on his meds, and it was only then that anything was done. Frustrating.
Anybody know of any free websites where vets post their respones?
Thanks so much for any and all suggestions
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:53 AM   #2
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Hello dcsam and welcome to the forum.
Firstly, I'm sorry to hear of the problems your dog is having. I'm by no means an expert on Bronchiectasis, but I found this site helpful;
http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec04/ch047/ch047a.html
as well as these for dogs:
http://www.michvet.com/library/medic...bronchitis.asp
https://www.vetconnect.com.au/5min/data/04040405.htm
I have to wonder why a vet would only come up with any kind of treatment under pressure from the owner. It is difficult to diagnose pets because they can't verbalize their symptoms, but I would think that a vet would take the concerns of a pet owner seriously and do whatever x-rays, blood tests etc. are necessary to confirm a diagnosis. Unless your current vet has done the battery of diganostic tests to confirm this disease, I'm not sure I would believe the diagnosis. And based on what little I know about pulmonary diseases, there is not drug you can administer that will ease breathing, all you can do is help loosen mucus in the lungs and then it is up to the patient to cough it out.

It sounds like you might want to get another opinion as to what is ailing your doggy. Good luck.
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Hi dscam and welcome aboard sorry it's under these circumstances though. I am sorry to hear about Brittany's breathing problems.A.F.A.I.K Pneumonia untreated get's worse and is usually fatal. Iam wondering if the vet(s) have done the various tests to get to their diagnosis? I agree with Skunkstripe a second opinion is essential on this. Hope you get the answers you need dscam please keep us posted on any progress made and give Brittany a gentle hug. From Dave&Nipper
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Our dog has been diagnosed with this disease, and there seems to be no question about it. There are two vets at the clinic, and after a couple different visits within a couple months, both determined he has bronchiectasis. I'd like to change vets, because the one we usually see just is too busy. I appreciated the visit with the new vet there - she took plenty of time and also diagnosed the same condition.
He has more good moments than the bad, so hopefully, we can make those 'bad' moments less frequent. I'd really like to find an online vet who specializes in doggy pulmonology or just bounce his treatment off of several online vets. Anybody know of a website where vets respond to questions?
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This one was posted by one of our members a couple of years ago.
http://www.televets.com/profile/register.html
I have no experience with it myself.
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There will be good and there will be bad online vets so be careful. So a diagnosis has been made I think though if your main vet is too busy I would be asking questions to my self and maybe it's time to change to another vet. And as after thought maybe through research there may be alternative medicines such as herbal or homepathic that may make his many good moments increase m aking the bad moments even less.
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that is very serious..i am not trying to scare you but i had a dog that passed away about 2 weeks ago named belle because of that. I wish you the best

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