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Old 11-26-2006, 02:49 PM
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Unhappy debarking mess

Hi everyone this looks like a good place for advice. We rescued a little five year old toy manchester female. She has been struggling with her breathing. took her to our vet and he said the de barking job was horrible and tried to reconstruct taking out lots of scar tissue. Three weeks later her throat is closing again and she is REALLY gasping for air. The vet says the only thing he can do now is a tracheotomy and she will have a breathing hole in her throat. We are by no means rich but want to do the best thing for "Lola" has anyone ever had to deal with this problem ?
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Old 11-26-2006, 02:53 PM
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Never heard of a problem like that, but it would be wise to go with what your vet suggests.

If you are wary of the diagnosis, there is always the option of getting 2nd and 3rd opinions.

Best of luck to you.
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Old 11-26-2006, 03:05 PM
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What a horrible shame !!! I'm glad you rescued her !
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Old 11-26-2006, 05:25 PM
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This is the very reason I hate that people would ever debark a dog.
GRR....

I am glad she seems to be in a better home now.

I would also look into getting another opinion, if you do not feel comfortable with the first one...

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Old 11-26-2006, 05:27 PM
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i have never heard of it happening.
we have at least 15 dogs at work de barked, and none of them have ever had any problems
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Old 11-26-2006, 05:36 PM
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god that's horrible. i have to admit, in that kind of a situation, i'd be asking for a referral to a specialist if there were any way i could afford it.

poor dog. i wish you the best with her.
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Old 11-26-2006, 11:09 PM
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Poor dog. I would also in this type of situation get a second opinion. I would be concerned about a breathing hole in the neck of such a small breed and the effect of the surgery. If you can avoid this procedure of if there is another vet who has seen it before then I would speak with them.
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Old 11-27-2006, 12:21 AM
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Hello everyone thank you for your replys and interest. The vet that originally did the debarking did four dogs at once and one died right after. For some reason instead of going in through her mouth and snipping the barking tabs, he cut an incision through her neck to her throat. This is not done much anymore and certainly not on little dogs. Nevertheless this is what happened. Our vet tried reconstruction but it was such a mess of hard thick scarring that it just healed up again narrowing her wind pipe. This has been hard on us as we have two other dogs that are also rescues. Thank goodness they are well now. "Lola" is our only little girl and we love her lots so the tracheotomy is our only option besides putting her down. We do trust our vet as he seems to really care about animals and has never let us down. I'll keep watching to see if anyone else has had this happen to their dog. Thanks everyone
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Old 11-27-2006, 09:58 AM
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Poor baby. Good for you for trying to help her...
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Old 11-27-2006, 11:31 AM
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Poor baby !! I'm sure a Trach will be hard to keep clean . Best of luck to you .
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