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Post  MommaJones on 4/8/2013, 2:22 pm

Toby was just diagnosed with intrathoracic collapsing trachea. The treatment plan we are following is weight loss, prednisone (when he is off metacam for 7 days), hydrocodone and theophylline. He doesn't exercise and I try to keep his life stress free, so what else can I do help him with this? What can I expect? He is approx 15-16 years old.
A couple of weeks ago, Freddy had 3 lumps removed from 3 different places on his body. No MCT was expected, but they sent them off to be sure. The one on his abdomen came back Grade 1 MCT. They did not get clean margins because they weren't really trying. He has to go back to get the rest cut out.
Any advice would be appreciated.
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Post  puglover22 on 4/8/2013, 3:27 pm

Christy! long time! I have no experience with the trachea, but I will keep the Jones boys in my thoughts for good outcomes.
I was thinking about you recently, wondering where you disappeared to!
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Post  MommaJones on 4/8/2013, 10:25 pm

Thanks for thinking of us. I've just been busy trying to keep up with my boy. Each year gets busier!
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Post  Renee on 4/8/2013, 11:57 pm

Christy, I believe you only feed the boys once a day? Maybe switch to feeding smaller meals more often to keep the metabolism up. And, seriously, if you don't feed The Honest Kitchen, that is a really great food for getting the weight down!

Keeping your boys in my thoughts. I am so sorry you got double bad news.
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Post  LisaIzzyAggy on 4/9/2013, 7:07 am

I'm sorry for the bad news about your boys Christy. I have no advice but will keep you and the Jones boys in my thoughts and prayers.
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Post  MommaJones on 4/9/2013, 11:05 am

Renee wrote:Christy, I believe you only feed the boys once a day? Maybe switch to feeding smaller meals more often to keep the metabolism up. And, seriously, if you don't feed The Honest Kitchen, that is a really great food for getting the weight down!

Keeping your boys in my thoughts. I am so sorry you got double bad news.
You have a good memory. I've thought about splitting their feelings and may do that. Toby is very sensitive to food. It took me a while to find one that he didn't throw back up. He's been eating this for years and I'm not willing to change it up especially while introducing new meds. I've been emailing with the company and they are helping me adjust his feeding to help him shake a few pounds. The vet tried to give me Rx diet food, but I told her I want to try it my way first.

A few months ago I was having a hard time keeping weight in him. Rolling Eyes

He had a good night last night, which was a huge relief after the horrible weekend. I believe the theophylline is doing its job, because there was much less of his "normal" snoring. He's quiet and comfortable so far today. And much less anxious.
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Post  Renee on 4/9/2013, 12:41 pm

MommaJones wrote:
Renee wrote:Christy, I believe you only feed the boys once a day? Maybe switch to feeding smaller meals more often to keep the metabolism up. And, seriously, if you don't feed The Honest Kitchen, that is a really great food for getting the weight down!

Keeping your boys in my thoughts. I am so sorry you got double bad news.
You have a good memory. I've thought about splitting their feelings and may do that. Toby is very sensitive to food. It took me a while to find one that he didn't throw back up. He's been eating this for years and I'm not willing to change it up especially while introducing new meds. I've been emailing with the company and they are helping me adjust his feeding to help him shake a few pounds. The vet tried to give me Rx diet food, but I told her I want to try it my way first.

A few months ago I was having a hard time keeping weight in him. Rolling Eyes

He had a good night last night, which was a huge relief after the horrible weekend. I believe the theophylline is doing its job, because there was much less of his "normal" snoring. He's quiet and comfortable so far today. And much less anxious.

My personal opinion is that only feeding once a day may contribute to his food sensitivity... simply because as the stomach gets emptier and emptier, it can fill up with stomach acids and bile, making it more upset and sensitive. I know that my girl pug Tobey will always throw up bile if she misses a meal.

I think sticking with your food and trying to make adjustments is a good place to start.

I am so glad he had a good night last night. Its so scary when they struggle and we can't help.
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Post  Saira on 4/11/2013, 12:04 pm

We're dealing with a pug in rescue right now with a CT, and it's compounded by the fact that he is WAY overweight. Poor guy spent last week at the vet's on oxygen. He seemed particularly bad at night at the poor foster's house. I talked to my holistic vet, and one of the suggestions she said to try was a humidifier and they said he did much better last night. I know we are way drier than you guys but it may be worth a try for any extra dry days.
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Post  MommaJones on 4/13/2013, 12:57 pm

Saira wrote:We're dealing with a pug in rescue right now with a CT, and it's compounded by the fact that he is WAY overweight. Poor guy spent last week at the vet's on oxygen. He seemed particularly bad at night at the poor foster's house. I talked to my holistic vet, and one of the suggestions she said to try was a humidifier and they said he did much better last night. I know we are way drier than you guys but it may be worth a try for any extra dry days.
That's a good idea. We are pretty darn dry out here, so it probably wouldn't hurt. He's been doing great this week, so I think the meds are definitely helping.
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Post  PugLady3 on 4/15/2013, 11:02 am

Leslye/crazypugmom or Jana/papaspugs could probably give you some good info since they both went through this with their pugs. I don't think that either of them gets on here a lot, but you could try messaging through FB. I'll be keeping your boys in my thoughts & prayers.
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