Daisey Dougherty #2115 (tracheal foxtail)
a 5 year old female Collie Mix dog. She presented to the
Atascadero Pet Hospital and Emergency Center with a day
history of coughing, having a hard time breathing, not
eating and acting uncomfortable. Her physical exam also
found a fever. Dr. Edsall was very concerned about the
possibility of a foxtail being inhaled and ordered chest
radiographs. The chest radiographs showed a small area of
pneumonia. Dr. Polina Vishkautsan performed a bronchoscopy
examination and to all of our surprise found not one
foxtail, but a stock with many foxtails attached in the
trachea and deeper into the airways of the lung. Luckily the
plant material came out in one piece. Daisey was treated for
the pneumonia with oral antibiotics after the foxtails and
plant material where removed.
Had this foreign body been
left in place Daisey would likely have had worsening
pneumonia and potentially lost her life. In this case it was
the owner's keen observations and proactive behavior,
bringing Daisey to us to be examined, that saved her life.
Following are pictures through the bronchoscope of this
amazing foreign body in the trachea. In the second picture
you can see a silver instrument that was introduced down the
scope grabbing the plant material for retrieval.
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