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Traumatic Diaphragmatic Hernia

Posted Sep 24 2009 10:04pm

Title: Traumatic Diaphragmatic Hernia

pet’s breed: Mixed with pomeranian
pet’s age: 10 yrs
pet’s sex: Female
previous treatment:

One year a ago, my pet slipped out of the driveway unknown to me and got struck by a car. My maid immediately telephoned me at work to share this news. I left work and took her immediately to the vet. He examined her and asked whether we can take an x-ray. He did not see the need. One year passed and my dog developed a cough. It became worse and when I took her to the vet, an x-ray was done and the diagnosis is traumatic diaphragmatic hernia. She is on a diurethic to remove some congestion from the lungs. The coughing has passed. My pets appetite however has been reduced. She is not as lively as witnessed a few days ago. She is still moving around. I am told that in her case, surgery is 50/50. I want the best quality of life for my dog. I love her dearly and wish some expert advice.

ANSWER

Dear,

The risk, when surgery is performed, is higher 24 before and 1 year after the injury. So in your case I can only say that your vet is right, unfortunately.
You should take the risk, because the situation may worsen any moment as happened.

With luck,

Damjan

Damjan Pavlovski DVM
ANIMAL MEDICA
www.animalmedica.mk

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