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I haven’t been on the forum for a while due to being generally busy with one thing and another. Things have been going really well with Kaiser and Inca however last night Kaiser took a sudden turn for the worse.

I’d been out for a couple of hours and came back at 10:30pm to find Kaiser had brought a bit of phlegm up on the living room floor. I didn’t think too much of it as he has done it occasionally in the past if he’s had something irritating his throat. After cleaning up though he kept doing soft coughs and wretching to bring more phlegm up. I thought he might be starting with a touch of kennel cough. He carried on through the night on and off but seemed ok within himself.

This morning he seemed a little lethargic with it so I took him in to work to get checked. His heart seemed ok so his heart condition didn’t seem to be causing the issue so he had bloods and an ultrasound to check his prostate etc after his bout of prostatitis last year. The bloods showed the white blood cells were a little low and the ultrasound showed some material in his bladder which the vet said could be anything from blood cells, blood clots or something more sinister. She said she could either do xrays and take a urine sample which would mean waiting for results or given the fact he was acting basically the same when he had the prostatitis and rapidly went into V-Tach, we could refer him straight away to Leahurst in Liverpool that treated him for the prostatitis so that they would have a cardiologist on hand. So I opted to refer him.

Leahurst were unable to see him until tomorrow so I chose to refer him to vets now in Manchester. They gave me the choice of either stabilising him overnight so I could transfer him to Leahurst tomorrow or allow them to take over his full care. I asked for them to take over his full care as I didn’t want him going further downhill and I also didn’t want to be transporting him round when he’s unwell.

I dropped him off at Manchester earlier this afternoon and they said they are going to focus on his heart first and do an Echo as he’s having rapid breathing to check his heart and rule it out as the cause. They said they’re not ruling out his issue last year with Prostatitis and will do an ultrasound and will also be doing xrays as they can hear some noise on his lungs as well as other tests. They said if they get some results this evening then they will call me with them but if not I will get an update tomorrow.

I’m just praying that whatever the cause it’s treatable and he pulls through. It feels so wrong to be sitting here and only have Inca sitting next to me, even though Kaisers laid back and easy going the house seems so much quieter without him.
I’ve already cried over everything and tonight I’ll no doubt just spend the whole night worrying until I get some news. I’m just praying it’s good news.
 

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I had a call last night from the vet to give me an update. She said they had given Kaiser pain relief and he was doing well and seemed comfortable. They had checked his heart and it was in sinus rhythm and a heart scan showed he wasn’t in heart failure. They’ve also done an ultrasound to check the prostate and they are happy that the changes to his prostate occurred when he had the prostatitis and not recently as they match the results of his last ultrasound. He’s also showing no pain when they examine his prostate.

They have done xrays which have shown changes to his lungs so they are going to send the images to another specialist and see what he comes up with to explain the changes. He did have discharge from his nose a couple of weeks ago that he had antibiotics for so they’ve said one possibility is pneumonia. If it turns out to be the cause they will have to put dye into his lungs to determine the right treatment course for him but at the minute he shows no signs of fever etc.

They’ve done some blood tests and they’ve tested for lungworm which has come back clear. They said he has a bit of an increased respiratory rate but with no increased effort. They’ve said that if he continues to do well and shows no sign of going downhill then he may be able to come home today for the weekend. If they’re not happy with how he is then he’ll have to stay over the weekend.

They’re going to give me another call this morning to let me know how he’s been through the night. I just want my boy home now it’s not the same without him here
 

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Sending lots of healing thoughts xxx
 

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Had a call this morning to say he’s been diagnosed with pneumonia but that they have also seen a possible foreign body in his lung. They’ve started him on antibiotics and his respiratory rate has improved. They’re happy to send him home today but he has to go back at 8am on Monday for a scope on his lungs to check the suspected foreign body and remove it or if it’s not s foreign body they will biopsy it.
So I’m collecting him after work and we’re going to have a chilled night
 

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So yesterday I took Kaiser to Vets Now Manchester for 8am to have a bronchoscopy. When I got there the vet said they would do a CT scan to confirm the foreign body and then would try to remove it. The vet said this would depend on how long it had been there as if it had caused irreversible damage to the lung then they may have to remove the lung lobe which the vet said would be major surgery.

After his consult I then had to go to work till 7pm and waited to hear from them. I got a call around 12 to say that he was in recovery and that they had discovered he didn’t have a foreign body at all and when they did the bronchoscopy they found that what they thought may have been a foreign body was actually a localised pneumonia. They sent the camera further down to check for any tumours or suspicious looking nodules but they found nothing other than inflammation to the bronchi. They took samples of the mucus and have sent off various tests but all in all it was good news and the vet was happy that it was a localised pneumonia rather than a raging one. The vet said that he felt I should be able to collect him later on after work, but I got a call at 4 to say he was struggling manoeuvring without the support of a sling, they felt it was a bit of osteoporosis pain and wanted to give him an injection of metacam to see how he got on and asked me to call at 6:30pm to check he was ok to be discharged or if they wanted to keep him overnight. Thankfully when I called they said I could pick him up, so I finally got to see him at 7:45pm it felt like the longest wait of my life lol.

So the plan for now is to continue on the antibiotics he’s been put on 3 times a day with restricted exercise. Once the test results come back they may need to alter his meds but we’ll see what they say when they call. For now I’m just relieved it wasn’t as bad as it could have been and he can hopefully start to recover.
 

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Ohh bless him! So glad to hear he's home, there's nothing worse than when they are ill and you don't know what it is or what will happen. Sending you both lots of love and wishing him a speedy recovery! Do keep us updated xx
 
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