Q. We just found out the our heater has been leaking carbon monoxide into our home. Please can you give me symptoms and what to look for in our dogs.
A. Depending upon the concentration and duration of exposure of carbon monoxide, the symptoms may be acute or chronic in nature.
Cherry red skin and mucous membranes (e.g., nostrils, lips, ears, genitals), but this side-effect is usually not visible in most animals
Difficulty in breathing
Abortion in pregnant animals especially those in late gestation period
Symptoms with chronic exposure to carbon monoxide include:
Abnormally high levels of acids in blood (acidosis)
Flu like symptoms
Loss of exercise stamina
Disturbances in gait