So Oscar did great on his antibiotics! They helped the infection in his mouth (I can tell because his breath smells way better) he’s gained some weight, hasn’t had as many seizures, and his energy levels have improved!
All of this proves our suspicion of a mouth infection causing him to metabolize everything in his body too quickly hence the weight loss and increased seizures.
The scary next step is this means he will have to undergo the dental procedure since antibiotics are only a temporary solution. While I’m terrified to put him under anesthesia because it’s so risky for any pug but especially for him, I know in my heart it’s what he needs and I feel like he’s tough enough to go through it and we have the luck of the Irish with us!
Rosie will be having her dental on the same day. The high end estimate for their dentals are over $2k. Can we help pitch in even a little to help get these senior pugs procedures done? They are both scheduled for 5/29/18.
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Brachycephalic dog breeds (dogs with short noses and muzzles) have more challenged respiratory systems, are more prone to breathing difficulties. Because of this, there are additional challenges and risk before, during and after any surgical, dental procedure, even under sedation. Occy is at an even more elevated risk because of his seizure disorder. They always happen when he’s in a deep sleep and therefore the thought of him under anesthesia and being intubated terrifies me.
I have recently learned that there are several steps we brachy breed owners can take to minimize these risks and I wanted to share them with you here if it helps prevent even one brachy dog from dying on the table or after a procedure then it’s worth throwing out there.
IV fluids given before and after to keep them well hydrated
Cerenia injection (anti nausea medication) to prevent nausea and vomiting before, during, and after surgery
Prilozec or Tagament to reduce acid reflux
Now that I’m aware of these precautions we can take, I’m going to discuss them with the vet, and we will continue to do everything we can to give this boy (and Roro too) the best possible pug life
Thanks for all your support!