I saw the x-rays. We’re looking at a severely enlarged heart, a possible neurological condition, and the smallest windpipe Dr. Young’s ever seen in a dog River’s size, which is the main problem. This is a genetic condition, apparently usually seen in Toy breeds. Because the size of his windpipe extends from lungs (deep in his chest) to mouth, emergency tracheotomy would be nearly impossible. His trachea has collapsed now, although not bad enough for him to suffocate, and he’s still at the vet on meds to keep him sedate and happy while I deal with the information and try to make enough sense of it all to make an informed decision.
If we examine his trachea, the endoscope could cause further damage and kill him.
Any use of anesthesia could kill him, which makes other treatment dangerous.
The wind pipe/trachia situation is genetic and not going to go away, so he’d be a wheezing dog wanting to run and play, but unable to.
The neurological condition I can’t remember or wrap my tongue around is treatable, but the treatment itself could harm him further. Plus, it would leave him in that horrible wanting to run, but unable to do so condition.
Basically, River is at a “quality of life” crossroads yet again. This dog continues to break my heart.