Thank you very much for your concern and information!
The vet that I bring her to is also a surgeon. I'm not sure how much she really knows as compared to an oncologist? She was the one that took the X-rays and also gave me the results. When they had called me back to come in and discuss the recent results, she started with the blood work first. Told me that for the most part, her blood work was OK. Then she talked about the X-rays and brought me in the back to show me what she thought she had saw. GeGe had had another X-ray taken in November 2017, as she was having trouble with her bowels moving due to hair balls. That X-ray that was taken back then (2017) was compared to the recent X-rays. She pointed out that the lungs in the 2017 X-ray to be clear, compared to the recent X-rays.
She pointed out that the recent X-rays had whitish spots that were not there in the 2017 ones. That is what was very concerning to the vet. So she said that it looks like it may be the cancer or the beginning of tumors, or it could be a bacterial infection. That is when she started GeGe on Clavamox. I tried given her the pills, but they were making her vomit, so the vet changed over to Enrofloxacin. I gave her one pill everyday for 20 days. I was also giving GeGe the antihistamine pills as well.
It does seem like when she is with me at night, as she most always sleeps in bed with me, she doesn't seem to get good sleep like she used to. She will stare ahead, then look to the right and the left as if she may have anxiety? Then I notice that when she lays her head down to try and sleep, a little while later she will begin to cough, then she puts her head upward and will open her mouth as to breath better.
What has me puzzled is that when she was brought to the vet this past Monday, the vet seemed to think that she was showing signs that this may not be cancer, as the vet said there would be no signs of improvements with cancer!
She definitely has something going on, just not sure what? She also started getting a little nauseated and I could hear her trying to vomit last night, but nothing actually came out?
I also wanted to say that before GeGe had became ill with this coughing and congestion, that she had worms from fleas in her stomach. I was given (2) pills that were supposed to kill any types of worms that may have been inside her. I then started giving her the Frontline Plus that you pour on the skin in between the shoulder blades. Not sure if these toxins can cause ill effects!
Anyhow, to answer your questions here:
GeGe's symptoms are coughing, with phlegm, a rattling sound and some distress breathing, and lack of appetite?
Yes, but she does eat some and I also give her a nutrient/calorie supplement
Did the symptoms start around the time you first brought her to the vet a month ago?It may have started a few weeks earlier
GeGe didn't really improve on Baytril, so the vet crossed bacterial infection off the list of possibilities. The antihistamine and steroid are in case she has allergies? Are you still giving the antihistamine? I take it that the vet has crossed off the bacterial infection, as the symptoms are still there. I presume the steroid was given for for both allergies as well as possible inflammation. I am still giving GeGe the antihistamines
Since you say her breathing seems to improve when she's outdoors, I'm wondering if it's an allergy to something in her environment. Were there any changes around the time that the symptoms started? New plants, cleaning products, detergent, soap, litter, etc.? I'm assuming you haven't changed her food. I'm not saying that her breathing improves outside, it just appears that she seems to be more content outside in the heat. She doesn't seem like she has anxiety as bad outside? If that makes any sense. She appears not to cough as much, but she still has that rattle sound in her chest. It also appears that when I get close to her or pet her, is when she must get more excited, and then she begins to show more rattle sounds and usually will cough after. Not certain about the cleaning products, as I really don't think I have used anything new. I did get some peppermint extract to spray for smells? Not certain that could cause this? She does go outside in the back and will eat grass. I also noticed that they have some wild mushrooms starting to grow. Not sure if she would eat them, but never know! She is still eating the Party mix treats, so nothing new as food. Today is a bad day as she is not wanting to eat. I had given her some of the party mix treats, but she refuses to eat. I also gave her the antihistamines earlier, so maybe she will eat later.
I really appreciate your help, and hopefully my GeGe will get better!!! Hope you have a blessed day!