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22 July 2023 - 6:29 pm
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Our dog Haven, a 10 year old Australian Shepherd, was diagnosed a month ago with Osteosarcoma after a limp developed. She had he right front leg amputated 6/13/23. She had no visible lung mets, no issues, clean blood work, respiratory rate of about 30. Vet said during surgery blood oxygen was low and extubation produced some blood. Nine days ago she was wet hacking in the night, and with a massage to her diaphragm and throat produced what I can describe as a bloody clam. No other symptoms, no heavy breathing, still our normal happy dog. Today, the cough came again. I massaged her diaphragm and instantly she produced another clam. I photographed both, but this one I cleaned to better see. Any ideas would be so appreciated. Our vet, once we told him we were going the holistic route- supplements etc., told us to "Let him know when the stuff hits the fan." It made me not want to reach out to him. Haven is so so happy, I just don't understand what this could be, I've done so much research with no solutions.

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22 July 2023 - 7:21 pm
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Hi Sharon, I'm not a vet and don't know what it is, but wondered if you'd be comfortable taking Haven to an ER to be examined? The VCA animal hospitals often have holistic/alternative medicine departments so if you could find a VCA ER nearby they might be more understanding of your care decisions. Just a thought, FWIW.

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22 July 2023 - 8:06 pm
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Certainly not a Ver either and will be interested to see what our Dr Pam says.

If xrays were clear jist thirty days ago I think that's a good sign .

My completely  totally uneducated guess would be some related to the intibation... extubation. Maybe some sort of irritation or even respiratory infection..   just throwing that out there with no knowledge  whatsoecer!!😂😂

And I can understand why you didn't appreciate  the comments of that Vet.

Hang tight.  Our volunteer tee Vet will see this and respond.  


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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23 July 2023 - 8:21 am
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This looks like a large blood which is concerning. I would definitely repeat chest rads; she could have suffered a pulmonary embolism or lung collapse or pneumonia secondary to surgery.


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