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    Sequoia and laryngeal paralyses

    It has been a long time since I have been here. So I don't know if many will remember me. We are struggling right now with our husky and LP. She is 13.5 years old and I do not feel surgery is right for her. I guess it is how do you know it is time is our issue. She has moments of what seems to be comfort and enjoyment. However, being around us gets her excited too much and the panting and distress seem overwhelming. We have tried prednisone, Prozac, cutting her thyroid meds in half, Benadryl. It all works for a time then she gets worse. I just read some have had success with 50 mg of Benadryl 3 times a day. I guess we will try that next. I feel we have reached the tipping point but my husband hasn't. It is so hard.

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    I remember you. Sequoia is beautiful. I'm sorry she's not doing well.
    When the bad days far out number the good days is a way of deciding. You will just know in your heart when it's her time. You will see it in her eyes.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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    Aww, hi, pretty Sequoia, we remember you! You and your folks will be in our prayers.
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    Sequoia is so beautiful, I'm sorry you're havnig to make such hard decisions for her. She is lucky to have such a loving human family.

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    Hugs to precious Sequoia. If you change your mind about surgery, check out Glacier/Tamara's thread about Heyoka. http://petoftheday.com/talk/showthre...heyoka+surgery

    The surgery gave Heyoka 2 or 3 more good years before he died of lymphoma. I don't think Glacier visits Pet Talk much anymore, but you might find her on Facebook.

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    I'm so sorry to hear about Sequoia. My RB dog Rocky had lymphoma and I remember how difficult it was to accept when the time had come to let him go. His last night I lay beside him holding his head up all night because otherwise he couldn't breathe. I would have willingly done that for ever but realized this was not a life he would want. There'll come a point when you too will realize that Sequoia is no longer enjoying life and the only kind thing to do it to let her go.

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    She is doing better

    I just wanted to let people know she is doing better. We have tried many different treatments and nothing was working. This as far as we know isn't cancer or caused by a growth or tumor. We do not really know the cause. I read on another message board about using higher doses of Benadryl. So in a last ditch effort we started her on 50mg twice a day. Our vet said we could even add in a third dose if we felt we needed to. Her panting has eased up a good bit though she still has moments. However, she also has moments of NOT panting so this is good. She is a little dopey and tends to sleep deeply but she is enjoying life more. We know this is short lived after watching the progression for over a year but it is something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denyce View Post
    I just wanted to let people know she is doing better. We have tried many different treatments and nothing was working. This as far as we know isn't cancer or caused by a growth or tumor. We do not really know the cause. I read on another message board about using higher doses of Benadryl. So in a last ditch effort we started her on 50mg twice a day. Our vet said we could even add in a third dose if we felt we needed to. Her panting has eased up a good bit though she still has moments. However, she also has moments of NOT panting so this is good. She is a little dopey and tends to sleep deeply but she is enjoying life more. We know this is short lived after watching the progression for over a year but it is something.
    Oh, that's good! Maybe if this continues to work, you should keep us updated. Bendryl is not strong enough for my allergies, so I take an even stronger antihistamine that I get compounded - if you want, I can tell you what that is if your vet thinks it might be allergy related.
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    Good to hear Sequoia is doing better.

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    She is a beautiful dog. I bet she does sleep a lot. I know how sleepy Benadryl makes me. I hope she continues to feel well. It's very difficult when our beloved pets have health problems and we aren't sure what to do to help them or when to let go. Good Luck!

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