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From: "lijah_17"
Date: 2010-08-13 17:24:02 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Breathing problems - pneumonia or lymphoma or post-surgical complications?

I was hoping someone could help me. My little boy, Starsky, had surgery a bit over a month ago for insulinoma. The pathology came back as positive for insulinoma except one biopsy that was a neoplasm believed to be lymphoma. This was located I believe near the pancreas but I do not have the report as we had to travel to a different vet at a vet school to do the surgery.

Starsky started coughing after surgery but was put on Marbocyl antibiotics for 10 days. His cough cleared up but then a few days after finishing the meds his cough came back. He was put on the same meds. He has also continued to take 0.5mg of prednisolone. He was getting worse so after a few days the vet changed antibiotics. This was 2 days ago and he is still getting worse.

He is coughing and sometimes struggling to breathe. His breathing is rattling and wheezes except when he's in a deep sleep there are no breathing sounds at all. He isn't eating his solid food that I leave out but he is eating a recovery food (like A/D).

I was wondering if anyone has come across this. I'm at a loss to cause as it sounds like pneumonia to me but the vet suggests it could be lymphoma. I've also considered post-surgical complications as I have noticed between his costal angle (just below where the ribs meet) something is poking out during a cough. I wouldn't be aware of it if it weren't for the shaved area as it's just above his incision.

The vet has mentioned euthanasia, but I'm not prepared for that unless I know what's going on and that there's no hope. Anyone with a similar experience?


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