Jack is not real old. The best estimates put his age at about 12. His breed could best be described as unique. But for a large dog of his type, this is the time where he starts to show his age. Several months ago, he began to struggle with his breathing. The vet diagnosed him with laryngeal paralysis. Simply put, his breathing tube is shutting down. Our choices at that point were keep him calm, and watch to see if it worsens which could bring on serious breathing issues. Or, surgery, which has its own set of problems. Several vets told us the same thing, its trading one problem for another. We waited. Until last night, when our Jack suffered a very serious attack. Unable to breath, we rushed him to Dove Lewis Animal Hospital. These people have done a wonderful job of taking care of Jack, and keeping us informed. At least so far…..
We left him at 9:00 pm last night, we discussed his care then, again at 2:00 am, at 4:30 am, at 7:00 am , at 1:00 pm. At this point he has been transported by their ambulance to their critical care hospital. Every couple hours they sedate him and insert tubes to help him breath through an attack. Once he calms and everything is removed, the attacks come again and the sedation process begins anew. At this point he can not leave the hospital. It looks like surgery is the only alternative. It should happen very soon.Â Having just returned from the people doctors, where we are treating the bite wounds Honey received while working to keep his breathing passage open, we now awaiting further updates on our Jack.