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Old 06-09-2018, 02:37 PM
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Chronic nose mucus after surgery. Antibiotics not working.

My 6yo toy poodle swallowed a bone last November. The bone was lodged in her esophagus and had to get it extracted through her mouth. After the surgery, she had a nose/throat infection and had yellow/green mucus discharge from her nose. The vet prescribed antibiotics. That worked for a few days to stop the mucus and it came back again soon after. The vet then prescribed another antibiotic and that worked for a few days and then the mucus discharge came back again. The vet then had her on antibiotic IV overnight and same result. We then took her to a specialist and had a panel of tests done on her nose discharge and came back with a list of antibiotics that had an effect. Also found in the tests was that there was no fungal infection. The vet prescribed several of the antibiotics on the list and those worked for a few days and then the mucus came back again. Nothing seems to be working. What she has does not look to be infectious as our other poodle hasn't contracted it. Any ideas, similar experiences, suggestions? Thanks.
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Did the bone maybe poke a hole in her pallet and is allowing debris to get up in her sinus cavity?
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Also is sounding like whatever culture was done failed to identify at least one of the bacteria that is causing the problem. That would explain the temporary improvement, because you are getting rid of some, but not all the bacteria. You need to get her to a specialist that deals with infectious diseases.
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Also is sounding like whatever culture was done failed to identify at least one of the bacteria that is causing the problem. That would explain the temporary improvement, because you are getting rid of some, but not all the bacteria. You need to get her to a specialist that deals with infectious diseases.
This is assuming that the cause is actually an infection. There's numerous other things that can cause nasal discharge and the bone incident could merely be a coincidence or the incident could have suppressed the immune system enough for a different disease to take over.

Have any of the vets ever recommended xrays or scoping the throat and nasal passages to determine exactly where the mucus is originating? Also does the mucous return before or after you finish the course of antibiotics?
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Did the bone maybe poke a hole in her pallet and is allowing debris to get up in her sinus cavity?

I don't think it poked a hole in her pallet but the removal procedure caused her esophagus to have a small break. Her tonsils are swollen as well.
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Also is sounding like whatever culture was done failed to identify at least one of the bacteria that is causing the problem. That would explain the temporary improvement, because you are getting rid of some, but not all the bacteria. You need to get her to a specialist that deals with infectious diseases.

The bacteria identified was gram-negative rods type and the culture did find several antibiotics that could possibly work. We've gone through the list and tried about 8 antibiotics now and so far they all started to worked at the beginning and then came back.
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This is assuming that the cause is actually an infection. There's numerous other things that can cause nasal discharge and the bone incident could merely be a coincidence or the incident could have suppressed the immune system enough for a different disease to take over.

Have any of the vets ever recommended xrays or scoping the throat and nasal passages to determine exactly where the mucus is originating? Also does the mucous return before or after you finish the course of antibiotics?

We are going to get some more xrays done. The specialist has scoped her nasal passage and didn't find anything. The mucus returns around the time the course of antibiotics ends.
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As Animalcracker pointed out, there can be numerous causes for the discharge problem. I'm certainly not a Vet so can only guess, like most of us on the board, but because you see improvement while on the course of antibiotics, I would have to guess bacterial infection is at least part of the problem. There may be an underlying non-bacterial cause, which when flares could trigger the bacterial infection, which has not been identified as of yet. Sounds like you are dealing with specialists, and following their advice will be your best course of action.
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Following this thread. Doberman also has excessive mucus drainage days after surgery.
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Following this thread. Doberman also has excessive mucus drainage days after surgery.

hi jasfad, did the vet prescribe anything for mucus? is the same as my dog? antibiotics worked initially and then the mucus returns?


my wife and i are at our wits end trying to resolve this.
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