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Postby Margaret » Thu Nov 20, 2003 8:05 pm

My rising 4yr old GSP Chime died Thursday evening from spontaneous pulmonary embolism. I least I'm fairly sure that was what it was called, not in a fit state to remember much that was said.
Has anyone heard of that? Her lungs collapsed.
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Postby MCTuna » Thu Nov 20, 2003 10:08 pm

Margaret,
I am so sorry! :cry:
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Postby Tony » Thu Nov 20, 2003 11:07 pm

Sorry to hear about your loss, Margaret. :cry:

Was there any trauma or a recent surgery involved?
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Postby Margaret » Thu Nov 20, 2003 11:28 pm

Was there any trauma or a recent surgery involved?
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No.

She was normal happy self at 2pm, came home 5pm she was having difficulty breathing. Vet thought obstruction, but xray showed her lungs collapsed and the tear never sealed for them to inflate.
There was a little bit of froth on her bed with a particle of grass in it as though she may have coughed it up. I think that may be when it happened :cry: :cry: :cry:
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That is AWFUL

Postby sherrie » Fri Nov 21, 2003 12:14 am

I'm sorry, Margaret. What a shocking blow! I've never heard of that before and wish I could offer more assistance & information.

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Postby WildRose » Fri Nov 21, 2003 9:54 am

How very sad we are for your Loss Margaret. If it's any comfort keep the knowledge that these things are not preventable and even with the very most astute observations a layman would be unlikely to recognize the symptoms quickly enough for a vet to save the dog. We've seen similar deaths in cattle and horses over the years whery by a weak blood vessel ruptures during a coughing fit either just due to the pressures createc by coughing or due to a foreign particle being coughed up.

Such things are always hardest to take when they are unespected and we I'm sure will all keep you in our hearts while you sort through all the ranges of emotions this will cause you.

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Postby Margaret » Tue Dec 02, 2003 10:50 pm

My vet called up to visit me last Friday with copies of a veterinary article he had found.
A slightly different name then the vet dictionary - spontaneous pneumothorax.
People can get it too. It was interesting to find that a dogs lungs are not fully divided like ours are so a perforation is likely to result in collapse of both lungs :(
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Postby ME » Wed Dec 03, 2003 1:56 am

Sounds like a spontanous pneumothorax. The lining of the lung, gets broken due to trauma or defect of some kind. It then loses the vacum, that keep the lungs inflated and unless a chest tube is placed the lung colapes and you don't make it.

It happens in people all the time, usually thin people.

To bad about the dog :cry:
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