Our life is a nightmare

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Country: United States
State: Texas
Pet name: Phoenix
My name: Cannon

Our life is a nightmare

Post by Sudallas » 24 Mar 2020, 02:46

I took Phoenix to a new vet today to get blood work done and an ultrasound. They have to knock him out to do this so they used Isoflourine gas which he had had before. Phoenix had developed a bad cough from the powdered pancreas as well that they were going to check out.
Everything seemed to go well until I got home. Then, Phoenix developed very loud respiration and a fast heartbeat. It sounded like a very loud asthma. I called the vet on call and he told me it sounded like lung irritation from the anesthesia. The noise from his lungs is so loud you can hear him in the dining room from the living room.
They said to give him one half of a prednisone which I did. It has been going on since 7pm and it is now 1:30 in the morning. They said if it is no better in the morning to call them. Also he gave Phoenix chewable Clavamox tablets to take. These things are huge and I am having to cut them into 6 pieces to get them down him. What was this vet thinking?
My poor baby sounds terrible and I am so scared. He has been through a lot these last three weeks and now he is worse.

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Post by jilbert57 » 24 Mar 2020, 09:26

I am so sorry Phoenix is not doing well. Have you tried smashing the Clavamox between 2 pieces of wax paper? Then you can squirt squeeze cheese around and over it hopefully like mine he will lick it up. Do it after an enzyme meal.
Or crush it up and put in a syringe along with chicken broth and squirt down throat.
Sorry I haven't dealt with breathing issue.

My name is Jill and I live on the Hood Canal in Washington State. I have two dogs: Kiya is an aussie/blue heeler and is 13, TJ is a 4 year old Jack Russell. They keep me on my toes.
Mickey and his pancreatitis brought me to Epi4dogs.com site in 2012 to help manage it.

Mickey, Jack Russell. Chronic Pancreatitis. Dianes enzymes, 1/8t 3x/day with meals.
6/1999 - 8/2014

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Post by Shirl D. » 24 Mar 2020, 19:03

I'm so sorry to hear that Phoenix is having such a hard time. First, I wanted to know how he is doing now. Second, I would like to know how you are preparing his meals with the enzymes. The enzymes can be irritating, which is why we recommend letting the food and enzymes sit after mixing. If there is loose powdered enzyme that hasn't been mixed with water and food thoroughly, it could potentially be inhaled and cause problems in his lungs. Please let us know how you are preparing his food and how he is now.

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Post by Olesia711 » 24 Mar 2020, 22:20

thanks Shirley for mentioning that. If i remember correctly Susan feeds Phoenix raw food (correct?) and he won't eat the food if it is pureed... so Susan, do try to somehow mix the enzymes in something wet, even yogurt.. or... i think you were going to try and put the enzymes in capsules.... if you did this PLEASED let us know how things are going.

So sorry that Phoenix is having such a difficult time right now.
I sure hope things improve soon!
Olesia, was owned by Izzy, a 35lb Spanish Water Dog (SWD), Diagnosed at 1.5 years old - TLI results 1.. Izzy passed away on February 13, 2020 at 15 years old. She lived with EPI for 13+1/2 years. It was because of Izzy that Epi4Dogs was started... she was the inspiration. May her legacy of helping others with EPI continue for as long as needed.........

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Pet name: Kara
My name: Jean

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Post by Jean » 25 Mar 2020, 06:00

Good morning from the UK


please let us know what is happening, which enzymes are you using
My name is Jean we live in Liverpool in Uk

My Kara born 21 July 2009 diagnosed with EPI by cTLI test August 2010 TLI = <1...folate 14 Cobalamin 408, shot down to 94, b12 injections every other day

Lowest weight 39 pounds

We use Panzym enzymes, Tylan and Chemeyes b12 capsules

Sadly, on 10th May 2019, we lost her to DM


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Post by Barb » 25 Mar 2020, 15:11

I am so sorry Phoenix is going through this....Please let us know how he is doing now.


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