Internal Medicine Specialist
Say hello to Breech, the boarder terrier with a nasty on-going cough!
For several months and despite supportive treatment, including antibiotics and anti-inflammatories, his cough did not improve. His usual vet had obtained chest radiographs which revealed some changes, but not enough to give a definitive reason for the cough. So, it was decided to refer Breech to a small animal Internal Medicine specialist for further investigations.
Once with the Specialist, a CT-scan was performed on his chest and the detected changes were quite dramatic. The pictures revealed that many of the airways were filled with debris. It was then decided that a bronchoscopy (a camera to look down into the airways) was required to gain further detail of the debris. Upon closer inspection, larger plugs of debris were found within the airways. These were then taken for a biopsy, where it was confirmed that Breech had an uncommon condition called ‘eosinophilic bronchopneumopathy’. In this condition, cells associated with an allergic-type response had built up in the airways and caused the horrible coughing.
Breech is now using a steroid inhaler and his cough has completely resolved and he is feeling much better!
Article provided by Yvonne McGrotty
Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Specialists for this case: small animal Internal Medicine, Diagnostic imaging, Pathology