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Hi All,
This is my first post here. My daughter's Golden "Joey" started sneezing and making a snuffling sound last May. He also was sometimes spraying spots of blood when sneezing. He was referred to a specialist due to the need for specialized equipment for diagnosis. At first they thought nasal cancer but after scoping and a biopsy, it was determined that he had benign nasal polyps. The Vet. did a saline flush and put him on a short course of antibiotics, benydryl and anti-inflammatories. He seemed fine for a while but in late November he began to sneeze again but with no blood.

Back to the specialist who put him on the anti-inflammatory and benydryl again hoping it would improve. His condition did not seem to worsen but did not really get better either. The Vet. changed out the anti-inflammatory for steroids but now after about a month he seems to be getting worse. The blood is back, sometimes just tinging the mucous and other times bright red spots up to the size of about a quarter. Now it looks like he is headed back to the Vet. for another saline flush.

Has anyone else gone through this condition and had other treatments or experienced a better outcome. The first surgery cost my daughter about $2,000 and this one will be about $1,000 (since they don't need the diagnostics this time.) The expense is difficult since my daughter's husband left two years ago, leaving her with all the household expenses, as well as the care of their three dogs. He is totally uninterested in helping with the costs. Also, Joey is 10 years old and more susceptible to surgery problems as he ages. We hate to think he'll need this surgery on a regular basis. There has got to be another solution. I would love to help her with the Vet. bills but we have been treating our black Lab for oral melanoma for the past two years and it is an ongoing costly treatmet (but, the great news here is that he has been cancer free since starting treatment two years ago.)

Thanks for any suggestions.
Kate
 

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Sorry you found out about GRF this way, but welcome. I hope someone can chime in on how to keep nasal polyps at bay, perhaps a allergy of some sort is causing them. Some of us here have dealt with nasal discharge, in my Tucker's case it ended up being cancer.
 

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bumping up for more advise. I wish I could help you. But I will keep him in my prayers.
 

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I'm sorry to hear this. How old is Joey? I would probably want another scope if he's a senior (age 7-8 up) just because of the possibility a nasal carcinoma is there and didn't show itself with the earlier scope. I was told the full scopes aren't 100% accurate, but this was told to me by a general veterinarian, not a veterinary radiologist who has a better idea of accuracies.

My only experience is when my almost 13 year old Golden started experiencing nosebleeds during his final battle with hemangiosarcoma. We did a partial scope that didn't show much of anything. We now think his hemangio spread there or perhaps an independent nasal carcinoma caused them.

I know how frightening this can be. I hope you can get some others with experience to chime in here.
 

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Joey is 10 years old. He is going into the specialist on Friday for a saline nasal flush. Apparently this is what they did to him last year when he first started to have the problem. I thought they had also removed polyps at that time but apparently it is too difficult to remove them due to the structure of the nasal cavity and all the little passageways. Not sure exactly how the flush helps other than to clean everything out. He does have a lot of blood tinged mucous. Seems to be getting more so. I suppose, like humans, dogs could get all stuffed up and infected but he has been on antibiotics for about a month now, so would have thought that would help if that was the case. He's such a sweet guy. My daughter took him in as a rescue when he was about a year old. I went to feed and let him out today. First I've seen him in about a week. I go over to take care of her pets when my daughter has to work longer hours. I think he seems more lethargic. Just not as anxious to rush to the door to go out as he usually is. Glad he's being seen by the Vet. on Friday. He still enjoys his treats and loves to eat. That's good.
 
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