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| | Pleural effusion - vets canít find underlying condition
Hello! Our 7 yr old Schoodle has developed significant pleural effusion. In Oct we were camping and she had a respiratory distress issue we think due to the campfire smoke. We took her to the local animal hospital and they kept her in an O2 chamber for 3 days and gave her antibiotics. They found pleural effusion then but it wasnít raised as an urgent issue. In fact they never mentioned it. We read it in the report the next day. The vets agreed it was probably inhaling a lot of smoke. Her resp rate was around 80/min before we took her in. 2 weeks later for a follow up visit the pleural effusion was still there in an X-ray and had worsened. Went to another animal hospital and they did a tap and drained a good bit of fluid. Within a week Molly was acting so silly and playing like a puppy. Well this week itís built back up and she was back at the same hospital. They did a tap again and also a CT scan and the fluid as been analyzed. They have found traces of mesothelioma cells but they donít believe thatís the underlying condition. The CT scan was negative and no heart disease. Other than her pleural effusion she is very healthy, appetite unchanged, not lethargic, gums and tongue are not discolored, very active (until the fluid builds back up) and an otherwise very healthy dog. They are going to do a test for tick disease. The vets are baffled. They feel given the amount of fluid she has that she should be a pretty sick dog. If anyone has any feedback they can offer my wife and I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!