I have read another post in here from a few years ago on this disease and it pretty much all remains the same.
My girl was diagnosed last week.
Abby is not yet 4.
There were 2 articles on line that I found.
One was grim:
The other a bit more helpful & hopeful:
I can start at the beginning...............
Saturday July 17th my girl was up in the middle of the night and her breathing was a bit off.....she was exhaling really hard, so we turned the air down figuring she was hot. Sunday day & night it was not better but it is so hot in Texas right not and very humid we did not immediately JUMP at the thought there was a problem but me being a Mom I went ahead and made an appt to see our vet on Tuesday.
We took much needed xrays and found her left lung was not expanding correctly, thought maybe fungal or infective so Doc put her on an array of meds. She seemed better Wed & Thurs but Friday her breathing labored even more so back to the vet we went. More xray which resulted in seeing fluid. Our vet removed some fluid and immediately knew it was Chyle.....after some pathology it was certain. She was able to remove 5cc which was nothing but a vial so she was not immediately concerned. We immediately started her on a low fat diet and Rutin which keeps the triglycerides to a minimum and from building up. We scheduled a sonogram for Monday morning to rule out a mass of some kind.
She did well all weekend with minor labored breathing. All this time she is eating well, drinking well, her poop is healthy & firm and she does not seem to be in distress at all.
Her sonogram was clean and no masses were found.
Monday night we set off for Texas A&M. Abby was seen by the chief of emergency immediately upon arrival Tuesday morning.
They did an upper & lower sonogram, pathology of chyle, xrays, complete labs, more xrays and they removed a very small amount of fluid off her chest.
I was told that we caught this disease so early that she is not showing any signs of distress.
She passed all of her testing and they found no reasoning for this horrible disease Chylothorax. Her diagnosis is Idiopathic Chylothorax
She was released wednesday night with strict instructions to keep an eye on her breathing, keep up on all meds, rutin included and a low fat diet, limited activity
( not hard to ask from a mastiff ) . Back to our local vet for monitoring & xrays in 3 weeks.
She is eating and can breathe easier these days considering they removed a very small amount fluid off her chest. She is a healthy girl otherwise and we are hopeful this Chylothorax will heal on it's own without the future need for surgery which is not guaranteed to work.
There is not a whole lot of reading material on this disease and I just wanted to let you all know of my personal experience with this disease.
I have met another who's boy had the surgery in 2003 and was successful.
We are hopeful this will resolve itself but we are better prepared to know what we are up against.
That was the intention of my post. We will keep praying and hoping this to will pass.
Sammi watching over her Big Sis Abby!