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Breathing Difficulties in Dogs

Treating Dogs with Breathing Problems


Treatment will depend on the final diagnosis a veterinarian makes for your dog's breathing problems. If your dog’s breathing problem is severe, he will need to be admitted into the hospital until his condition is stable. Your dog will probably be given oxygen to help it breathe. Any medications and procedures that your dog needs will depend on the cause and severity of the breathing problem. Your dog's activity will be restricted until the breathing problem is sufficiently under control.


Managing Breathing Problems in Dogs


Once your dog is able to return home with you, it is very important to follow your veterinarian’s instructions closely. Give all of the medications as directed, and stick to the scheduled progress checks. Your veterinarian may repeat some of the tests that were done when your dog was diagnosed to determine how your dog is responding to treatment. Depending on the severity of your dog's problem, his activity level may need to be reduced.


The prognosis for dogs with breathing difficulties depends on the underlying cause. If you notice any worsening in the way your dog is breathing, it is important to consult with your veterinarian immediately.



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