When 3-year-old Sarge lost his appetite and started panting for two days even in an air-conditioned room, he was referred to our specialist surgeon Dr Patrick Maguire.
X-rays and CT scan revealed pleural effusion (fluid accumulation in the chest cavity) with a right lung lobe torsion (twisting). This is a life threatening condition that requires immediate stabilisation and surgical intervention.
Lung lobe torsion
When a lung lobe twists, it causes obstruction of the bronchus and vessels. The torsed lobe is identified through a lateral intercostal thoracotomy and surgically removed with a stapling device.
If your dog has a sudden episode of respiratory distress, please go to the nearest vet clinic immediately. For after hours and emergencies, take your pets to our Mount Pleasant After Hours Clinic located at 232 Whitley Road.
Flat-faced dogs such as Bulldogs and Pekingeses are at risk of upper airway abnormalities such as stenotic nares and elongated soft palate. More about brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome (BOAS).