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Dachshund blows up to twice normal size

Issue: 08/06/2018

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A dachshund had to be 'deflated' after it had blown up to over twice its normal size.
Trevor was inflating himself every time he took a breath as a hole in his windpipe left air trapped under his skin. This put pressure on his heart and even lifted it off his sternum.
His owner Fran Jennings, from Lymm, Cheshire said,  'We came down one day and found Trevor in a bad state, he literally looked like he'd blown up like a balloon and we had no idea what had happened.
'He was three times the size he should have been. We put him straight in the car and took him to the 24-hour emergency vets and they had never seen anything quite like it.'
Vets are unsure why he suffered this injury to his windpipe with vet Michelle Coward saying, 'I have never seen a case like this before and it was a new surgery for me. Every time he took a breath, some of the inhaled air escaped through a hole in his windpipe around the muscles and fatty tissue under the skin, and X-rays showed the emphysema was worsening.
'Surgery was the only way to repair the injury but due to its location there was a significant risk of complications.'
Trevor was kept in for tests and was diagnosed with sub-cutaneous emphysema - an abnormal collection of air under the skin in the lowest level of the skin's tissues and muscles known as the subcutis or hyperdermis.
He made a quick recovery and it wasn't long until he returned to normal and was, 'bouncy and happy.'
Fran's daughter Jennifer, who has exhibited at Crufts said, 'When I saw Trevor, he looked like a big fat seal, his whole body was like a blob and you couldn't tell his face from his neck.
'It was horrible seeing him like that, we had to deflate the air out of him, it was weird. He's now he's back to his normal self, chasing the chickens and we wouldn't have him any other way.'


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