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Breathing Difficulties in Dogs



Treatment will depend on the final diagnosis your veterinarian makes for your dog's breathing problems. Most breathing problems require admittance into a hospital until the patient's inability to take in sufficient oxygen has been resolved. Your dog will be given oxygen to help it breathe and to get oxygen to its organs, and medications may be given, either by mouth or intravenously (IV), to help your dog to breathe. The prescribed medication will be dependent on the cause of the breathing problem. Your dog's activity will be restricted until the breathing problem is resolved or greatly improved. Cage rest may be an option if you have no other way of restricting your dog's movement. In addition, confining exercise to slow, short outdoor walks, and protecting your dog from other pets or active children is an important part of the recovery process.


Living and Management


Once your dog is able to return home with you, it will be very important to follow your veterinarian’s instructions closely. Dispense all of the medications as directed, and stick to the scheduled follow-up progress checks with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will repeat many of the tests that were done when your dog was diagnosed: complete blood counts, biochemical profiles, and chest X-rays. All are important in determining how your dpg is responding to treatment.


Depending on the severity of your dog's problem, its activity level may need to be reduced for the rest of its life. Your dog may need to be on medication for the rest of its life as well. If you notice any changes in the way your dog is breathing, it is important to consult with your veterinarian immediately.



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