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Old 03-20-2010, 01:53 PM
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We have a 6 year old chihuahua and just yesterday we took him to the VET because he had like a constant noise in the back of his throat and was constantly like sneezing... At times during the night we can hear him having slight difficulty in breathing and being like a bit anxious himself...

On taking him to the Vet yesterday he confirmed he had some growth tissue in the back of his throat and that this was not even documented on textbooks...

I am therefore making a posting here to see if some good soul can offer us advise if they have encountered this same problem or has heard about it..

The vet said operation was not a viable solution due to the amount of blood vessels in that area... and that all we had to do is take care of him... not to excite him or make him do any strenuous exercises as this can eventually affect his heart and reduce his lifespan... His heart is okay at the moment but we don't know how much the growth of tissue increases over time as it has just been detected.. He was given an injection of cortisone yesterday, and our VET was going to a convention of VET's in the UK and was going to bring up the subject about his condition because as I mentioned earlier on, he says it is not documented on any textbook.

As you can imagine the whole family is devastated on hearing this and I am therefore writing here to seek advise...and help from any of you..

My thanks to all who have taken the time to read this posting..

God Bless..


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I have not heard of this. My first thought when reading your first paragraph and his symptoms would have been collapsing trachea.

Can they do a biopsy of the growth and at least see what it is?

If he were mine, I would get a second opinion. I would not settle for just "watch and see".
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I, too, would have thought collapsing trachea from the descripton you provided.
I completely agree with Brody's mom, a second opinion is definitely called for at this point. Blessings, Deb
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I will also add my voice to the second opinion option. There's no reason for you to just settle for this diagnosis, especially since it appears to be a condition that isn't common. I urge you to make another appointment with a different Vet and see if you can't get additional information.
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Get a second opinion!
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Thanks for your replies....

I am certainly going to do that... I am just waiting also to see what the other VET's in the UK have to say about this...

I did read yesterday on the internet about the collapsed trachea but to be honest he did not mention anything about that... but rather the tissue growth he had....

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Thanks for your replies....

I am certainly going to do that... I am just waiting also to see what the other VET's in the UK have to say about this...

I did read yesterday on the internet about the collapsed trachea but to be honest he did not mention anything about that... but rather the tissue growth he had.... May I add he had x'rays done also...

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I would ask for a biopsy of the tissue. I would also get a second opinion. Without knowing what the tissue is, I don't see how they can provide a prognosis. I would find the very best Vet hospital in your area, and go there to see if you can get more info.

Wishing your baby the best of luck.



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