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Arnold - aged 12 - collapsed larynx

Postby wazzockmum » 13 Nov 2010, 19:23

I have a 12 yr old GS - he had his spleen removed in May 2010 due to splenic mast cell tumours - no doubt they will be back and take him like my last one ( aged 9 1/2) so I know the clock is ticking.

The problem is that he also suffered a collapsed larynx this year - this basically means that at times he finds it hard to breathe. Very common in horses this can be rectified by a tie-back operation. The dilemma is that because of his lost spleen and general age it may be a big op to get him through (if at all). So far I have chosen to manage this through careful exercise - very gentle and not in the heat, but at times he really struggles and has to stop on walks for a breather. I now walk behind him all the time so as not to put him under pressure and the younger 2 ( 4 and 6mths) run off an play and chase rabbits so are not hampered at all by this.

Wondered if anyomne else had had to manage this condition and how they coped? Any tips??
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Re: Arnold - aged 12 - collapsed larynx

Postby henrys mum » 13 Nov 2010, 20:00

Hope you get some tips, haven't seen this in dogs but like you said seen it in horses. How about taking him out seperately so he can go at his own pace and isn't trying to keep up with the youngsters? They might benefit from a faster/longer walk?
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Re: Arnold - aged 12 - collapsed larynx

Postby wazzockmum » 13 Nov 2010, 20:35

I do take the other 2 out on their own - sometimes Archie (4) comes riding with me and Alfie (6mths) stays home with Arnie.

I am not so worried about how much exercise the other 2 get - they are outside all day long playing in our fields and they all get one 20min walk and one hours walk a day ( now a ta slow pace as said before). I just feel bad that I cannot help Arnie more - I wonder if I should put him though the op - the problem is of course the risk.
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Re: Arnold - aged 12 - collapsed larynx

Postby nickycaplan » 14 Nov 2010, 13:10

ahh it must be distressing when he struggles for breath - I havent heard of this condition before - maybe if you discuss this further with your vet, ie will it work, how long will the surgery take etc, to weigh up whether you should choose to operate. Sounds to me that you love and care about him very much, so this decision will be a tough one. if it was me? well, I think if it was going to make his breathing more comfortable, I may plump to go ahead, but thats very easy for me to say because I dont have to make that choice. good luck x
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Re: Arnold - aged 12 - collapsed larynx

Postby dannie_kl » 14 Nov 2010, 13:38

if it was me i would imagine (as its easier to say when you not in the situation) I would staay as you are, just trying to manage it. He's reached a good age at 12, I wonder if its not better to let him live out his life however long it maybe without the risk of the op and if on the most part he's not in pain or discomfort I would be inclined to leave it but of course this is just my thinking, like I say I'm not in your position and I can understand it a hard position to be in!
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Re: Arnold - aged 12 - collapsed larynx

Postby Darwinsmum » 14 Nov 2010, 16:26

Bless you, I haven't any advice but wanted to say you will know the right thing to do, go with your gut instinct, sending hugs and positive thoughts.
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Re: Arnold - aged 12 - collapsed larynx

Postby wazzockmum » 14 Nov 2010, 18:59

Well what a coincidence today! Met a retired surgeon walking in the forest who also had a dog (15yr old mongrel bitch) with this condition. he had managed it for 18mths - used same vet as me and had concluded using his surgeons experience of operating that it really is not only not worth the risk but although initially successfull likely to degenerate quickly due to aging cartilige.

So decision made really - thanks for your comments - we just need to manage this carefully and not put him under pressure, stop often and walk at his pace.
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Re: Arnold - aged 12 - collapsed larynx

Postby black beard » 14 Nov 2010, 19:03

Can't beat the voice of experience. For what it's worth I would do the same, Arnold is a lucky boy to be in such a loving family and will enjoy all the time he has with you and his younger 'brothers' :) x
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Re: Arnold - aged 12 - collapsed larynx

Postby henrys mum » 15 Nov 2010, 22:04

Sounds like a good plan :) Good owners always worry if they've made the best decision for their dogs because they love them so much. You're doing all you can for him and in his best interests, no-one could ask for more :)
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Re: Arnold - aged 12 - collapsed larynx

Postby wazzockmum » 11 Apr 2012, 21:44

Quick update - Arnold is still with us - now 13 1/2 years old!

chronic Degenerative myleopathy - but still walking!!
Collapsed larynx - but still breathing!
No spleen - and no retunr of tumours (yet) !!

Lovin every day with my old boy and he still walks 1 hour a day with the other two!!
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Re: Arnold - aged 12 - collapsed larynx

Postby Mari Obi and Fingal » 11 Apr 2012, 22:06

Good boy Arnold! Enjoy every day!!
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Re: Arnold - aged 12 - collapsed larynx

Postby nickycaplan » 12 Apr 2012, 09:08

well good old arnold - and what a testament he is to you to still be going strong!
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Re: Arnold - aged 12 - collapsed larynx

Postby Claire Farrington » 12 Apr 2012, 12:52

Well done for keeping him well and he is a great age now. Arnold my gang send loads of schnauzer kisses and hugs :ymhug:
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