First of all, thank to everyone that has showed us so much support and love these past 2 weeks, given me advice, their time, and shared so much valuable information!! I wish I could call you all, but frankly after yesterday's ordeal work today I am so beat.
Yesterday, Sawyer endured 5 hours of procedures under anesthesia at UC Davis Vet Hospital. Sawyer developed a slight cough after we attended a Club Field Day about 3 weeks ago, his cough began 3-5 days after this. The Vet thinks it could have been related to the field, possibly inhaling or aspirating some type of foreign body. (Seed/foxtail/grass)
After an intense antibiotic therapy with no improvement, a series X-Rays, a CT scan and Bronchoscopy it was clear the best approach would be to perform a lateral thoracotomy to get in there for a better look. Due to the location of the lung lobe involved (right cranial) they were unable to go in from the front/sternum. A surgical incision was made on his right side, between his ribs. After visualizing the cranial lobe it was decided that it had to be removed. The lobe was fully infected, full of puss, mucus and had collapsed. The two other lobes on the right appeared to be to be healthy, so the decision was made to perform a lobectomy. The excised lobe and a lymph node nearby were both sent off to pathology and many bacterial cultures were taken.
Sawyer is wonderful patient I hear and being very cooperative I'm told! He was in the ICU overnight and treated like the Royal Vizsla he is! No kennel for Sawyer, he got a mountain of fuzzy blankets and such in the middle of the room and his own vet tech, Paula.
This morning they were able to remove his chest tube, get him up, walking (pulling on the leash...) and even eating. He was moved to the general ward today, he'll be released home tomorrow evening to continue his recovery with his family, and boy have we missed him!!
A very special thank you goes out to Sarah Hayes, Jodi Cassell, and Jessica Vetter for helping me once again navigate the halls of the UC Davis Vet Hospital!! And of course to Aaron for helping me maintain a semblance of sanity these past 48 hours.
Thank you ALL for your prayers and well wishes!!!! And please keep those prayers coming! Heather, Joye, Ronene, Judy, Martha, Theresa, Gail, Amy and of course our lovely dog walker extraordinaire, Pam! And to anyone else I might have missed, thank you. I got every text, email, and message. Even though I couldn't respond at the time, it helped me so much to read and hear the messages and have such a wonderful group of friends that support us.
I know we aren't totally in the clear yet, but headed in the right direction. Pathology should be back with findings in about a week.
Dr. Zacuto and Dr. Sutton you rock!!!