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Depending on the final diagnosis, your dog will probably be treated as an outpatient. Only if there are complications severe enough to require treatment in a hospital setting will your veterinarian recommend inpatient care. A low-fat diet with high-quality protein will need to be put in place, and your veterinarian may also prescribe supplements to increase fat and calorie intake.
Surgical intervention is rare. However, if there is a lymphatic blockage, your veterinarian may recommend surgery to remove the cause of the blockage. Also, if the sac around the heart is inflamed and thickened, your doctor may recommend surgery to repair the sac.
Prescribed medications may include steroids to reduce inflammation, and antibiotics, to either treat an underlying infection or to prevent an opportunistic infection from taking hold during the course of treatment.
You will need to monitor your dog's body weight, and your veterinarian will set up a schedule to see the dog from time to time to test for protein levels and to observe recurrent clinical signs, such as fluid build-up. The severity of the disease will determine how often you will need to take your dog back for follow-up treatments.
The long-term prognosis for lymphangiectasia is guarded. Some dogs fail to respond to treatment. However, remissions of several months to more than two years can be achieved in some patients, but this can be entirely dependent on any underlying conditions, and the severity of the disease itself.
The ability to create a disease where a disease might not normally be found, usually due to an ill timed or unlikely weakness
A type of slime that is made up of certain salts, cells, or leukocytes
Inflammation of the pericardium
Pertaining to the chest
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
Anything pertaining to the blood vessel system in the body
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
Having a hard time breathing; breathing takes great pains
The widening of something
The escape of fluid or blood into tissues or body spaces or cavities
A record of the activity of the myocardium
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
A type of instrument that is used to look inside the body
Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes