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Lana is an 11.5 year old Boarder Collie. She recently began to groan or moan when laying down for bed. It got so "noticeable " that I took her to the vet followed by the ER two days later. Both vets gave her a thorough exam but because she didn't have any specific symptoms tied to one thing and wasnt that bad while at the vet I basically walked out $200 later with not much to go on. Its been 2 days now since and she still is not doing so great. She sometimes seems like she wants to hurl but doesn't. I spoke with a Vet friend of mine and we liter Went over all of her possible things. She recommended trying an antacid that I can actually buy over the counter and gave me the right dosage based on weight. Tomorrow Im gonna try and get some blood work done to check her organs and liver to rule out anything there and then possibly get an ultrasound of her belly just in case. We basically ruled out bloat because if it was she'd probably already be dead. Her gums are nice and pink and if you saw her standing up shes as healthy as any dog. She eats, poops, drinks and even plays fetch but if she lays down she looks like she is going to die. Her panting becomes very labored like ha ha ha ha ha and every once she makes this god awful dry heave that sounds like no sound shes ever made. I took my 4inch memory foam topper off my bed and made it into a bed for her in the hopes it will cradle her better and take weight off her tummy. I am in hell right now and don't wanna go to bed out of fear. Can anyone just post something on here if you've seen this? Im not expecting anyone to diagnose her 100% but Im totally going nuts right now trying to find anything like this online.
 

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I'm sorry to hear she's uncomfortable. Did the vet take X-rays of her chest?
We have a follow up appointment tomorrow to get X Ray and full blood work. To answer your question no they did not do x-rays at the emergency because I have a wellness plan and I get three x-rays a year so I did not see the point in spending extra money at the time . I'm not feeling as anxious as I was last night, although I did totally breakdown at work today sobbing like a baby just due to stress of not knowing. However I really feel like she's getting better even though she is still struggling and she lays down . Could very well be something inside of her but I also feel like she gained so much weight in the last 60 days because she had surgery back in October and took a long time for her stitches to heal so I was not walking her as often and all she did was sleep all day. I just came back from an hour long walk and she had all the energy in the world she only dry heaved once since we got back . I made her promise that if all goes well at the vet we are going to seriously try and lose 10 pounds before spring . I feel like such a bad owner for letting her get so overweight but I'm hoping the good Lord gives me a second chance to make it up to her. Thank you so much for replying . Certainly keep you posted :)
 

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Yes, please do keep us posted. I hope it's something simple that can be resolved quickly. I'm thinking of you and your pup and sending happy thoughts your way.
 

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Yes, please do keep us posted. I hope it's something simple that can be resolved quickly. I'm thinking of you and your pup and sending happy thoughts your way.
So Lana went to the vet today got x-rays and bloodwork. Diagnosis was she had a collapsed lung or a Spontaneous Pneumothorax. basically her right lung collapsed and was preventing her from breathing properly. Could be an indication of something worse or just a fluke. In a dog her age it probably is acquired to some form of lung disease . At this point I'm just really glad that she's able to breathe normally the procedure only took about 30 minutes they stick a large needle into her chest cavity and relieve the pressure of the air that leaked out of her long and into her chest . It's also can happen to humans as well in the treatment is the same The only risks involved is sometimes the lung can deflate again depending on the reason why it deflated in the first place. Based on the risks and the costs involved I decided to go with this solution to see how much relief it would bring her . There is a more extreme solution which involves very costly surgery compared to the fraction of the cost to have this procedure done . I am hoping that she stays well for a little while but even if she has to have this procedure again it is still much much cheaper than surgery and I believe will bring her better quality as she gets older . I have to kind of come to grips with the fact that her life is going to get a little bit more complicated and this experience has brought me a little bit closer to coming to grips with having to deal with that one day thankfully it's not today .
Thank you so much for replying to my post and sending good thoughts my way.
God Bless!!
 

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Collapsed lung can make you feel pretty miserable. It could be an isolated event, but there could also be some underlying problem that is causing it. Time will tell, lets hope it was an isolated event. As is the case in humans as well as dogs, the cause can not always be discovered.
 

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I'm glad you were able to find her source of discomfort, and I'm glad the procedure was quick and successful. I hope this is a one-time thing and you don't have to deal with this again. Best of luck and I wish your pup a speedy recovery.
 
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