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BIG changes for little Delahaye!
8 October 2017
Little Delahaye was presented to Isuru Gajanayake, a member of our Internal medicine service, in February last year for investigation of a breathing difficulty. Delahaye is a very bright and lively young Chihuahua but she was unable to go for a walk due to severe breathing difficulties during exercise.
Endoscopy (a flexible camera) of the airway was performed to investigate her symptoms. The investigations revealed severe collapse of the trachea (wind pipe) when Delahaye inhaled and consequently there was a restriction to the amount of air that could pass down the trachea and in to her lungs. This diagnosis of ‘tracheal collapse’ explained Delahaye’s poor exercise tolerance.
Delahaye was initially discharged from Willows with medication in the hope that this would improve her ability to exercise. The medication helped for a number of months but unfortunately Delahaye began to struggle to breathe again at the start of this year. She returned to Willows in May to see Faye Swinbourne, one of our soft tissue surgeons, with the hope that surgery may be able to help her.
Surgery was performed to place tiny rings around the trachea in order to hold it open and allow air to flow freely.
Delahaye recovered rapidly from the anaesthetic and wanted to play as soon as she woke up and realised she could breathe freely! She stayed in the hospital for close monitoring following surgery and we were so pleased with her progress that she was able to return home after a few days. Her activity was restricted when she first went home in order to allow the surgical site to heal. Three months following surgery Delahaye has now returned to normal activity and she is able to run and play freely without any restrictions.
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