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What are Fluid in the Lungs?

Pulmonary edema may develop over time and show as a breathing difficulty for your pet only upon exertion. Or rapid accumulation of fluid in the lungs may occur, causing acute respiratory distress. If the alveoli become filled with fluid instead of air, your dog will have reduced breathing capabilities due to low oxygen intake and limited carbon monoxide output. If you sense that your dog is having breathing difficulties, bring him to the veterinarian without delay.

Fluid in the lungs in dogs is also known as pulmonary edema. An abnormal amount of fluid accumulates in the alveoli (air sacs within the lungs where the exchange of carbon monoxide and oxygen take place) and the interstitium (blood vessels and cells that support the alveoli).

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Symptoms of Fluid in the Lungs in Dogs

Depending upon the reason for the fluid accumulation and the length of time that the breathing difficulty has been developing, symptoms may vary. If your dog is exhibiting any of these symptoms, see the veterinarian immediately:

  • Coughing
  • Weakness
  • Crackling noises when breathing
  • Rapid intake of air upon exertion
  • Showing an effort when breathing
  • Blue tongue or lips (cyanosis)
  • Collapse
Types

Pulmonary edema can be broken down into two types:

Cardiogenic Pulmonary Edema

  • Secondary to left sided congestive heart failure
  • Sodium and water retention increase the circulatory volume and venous pressure leading to fluid build-up
  • A history of heart trouble (known or unknown) may be present

Noncardiogenic Pulmonary Edema

  • Accumulated fluid has a higher concentration of protein, and the capillary pressure is normal
  • The trigger for a noncardiogenic event will be trauma, for example.

Causes of Fluid in the Lungs in Dogs

The causes for fluid accumulation in dogs can be numerous.

Cardiogenic Pulmonary Edema

  • High sodium diet
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (thickening of walls of the heart)
  • Mitral valve regurgitation (heart valve does not close properly, allowing blood to flow back into the heart)

Noncardiogenic Pulmonary Edema

  • Electrocution
  • Trauma to the head
  • Secondary disease such as cancer
  • Drowning
  • Smoke inhalation

Diagnosis of Fluid in the Lungs in Dogs

The veterinarian may choose to begin with a diagnosis of exclusion to rule out possibilities such as an obstruction, heartworm, or pneumonia. Your pet’s weight will be verified. (Note that cardiac disease presents with a very underweight pet.) Upon verification, it may be found that your dog may have a fast heart rate and a weak pulse.

The test of choice to diagnose fluid in the lungs is a thoracic x-ray. If your dog has cardiogenic pulmonary edema, your doctor will find an enlarged heart, distended pulmonary veins, and fluid in the alveoli.

A chest x-ray that shows fluid throughout the lungs, and without an enlarged heart points to a noncardiogenic diagnosis. The echocardiogram will also be normal.

Measurement of protein in the fluid (possible only through intubation, or if your dog is coughing up fluid) can lead to diagnosis also. Cardiogenic pulmonary edema will show low levels of protein, while noncardiogenic presents with high protein levels in the fluid.

Treatment of Fluid in the Lungs in Dogs

Treatment will depend on the reason for the fluid, but in any case the first step will be to stabilize your dog. Oxygen therapy may be started, along with antibiotics to prevent pneumonia.

Cardiogenic Pulmonary Edema

In this case oxygen, rest and diuretics (to hasten the removal of fluid) will be used. Also, vasodilators (to widen blood cells) are necessary. The veterinarian will carefully monitor your pet’s blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate during the hospitalization period. Repeat x-rays may be ordered by the veterinarian in order to observe the lung fluid levels. Heart disease is a chronic problem, so it is possible the edema may return.

Noncardiogenic Pulmonary Edema

Controlling the causative factor is an important part of the treatment protocol in this instance. Depending on the cause and severity, your dog can improve rapidly with oxygen therapy. Antibiotics, intravenous fluids and colloids, diuretics, and anti-inflammatories will be administered as needed, depending on the edema cause. Again, blood pressure, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen saturation will regularly be checked during treatment.

In both cases, your dog will benefit from the least amount of stress possible during hospitalization.

Recovery of Fluid in the Lungs in Dogs

It is very important to distinguish which type of pulmonary edema is affecting your dog in order to determine the appropriate follow-up.

In the case of cardiogenic pulmonary edema, a low sodium diet along with medication to repair and strengthen the heart will be required. Noncardiogenic follow up is less specific, and depends on the origin of the problem. Successful treatment of the underlying disease or trauma is key to recovery.

In both cases, follow-up visits with the veterinarian will be vital for the continued health of your pet. The veterinarian will want to repeat diagnostic tests as necessary (such as x-ray to verify fluid levels) and prescribe any medications needed to hasten recovery. As the owner of a dog who has experienced pulmonary edema, you should always be aware of your pet’s breathing patterns and promptly visit the clinic to discuss irregularities.

Fluid in the Lungs Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Paris
Shih Tzu
13 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pyometra
fluid in chest
Pemphigus
Ich
bluisters
Seizures
Lethargic

Medication Used

Cyclosporine

I have a female Shih Tzu and she is almost 14 years old. Today, I believe she had a seizure and was unresponsive for almost 10-15m. I took her to the doctor and she did some tests. Her blood didn't point to any problem other than some inflammation. Her red blood cell count was good. She didn't do any liver, throid, or kidney tests. The x-ray shows she had some fluid in her chest cavity that was putting pressure on her lungs and making it difficult for her to breathe. She tap the chest area and notice it had lots of blood and inflammation fluid and was worried it could be cancer. She is unclear what it is since the blood showed different types of cells she couldn't recognized. She wants to drain the fluid so she can breathe easier. I'm worried. For the past 12 months things have been going wrong with her, 11 months ago she developed Pyometra and had surgery to fix it. Also, about that time or soon afterwards she developed a skin disease that got worse. The doctor said it was Pemphigus and was given Cyclosporine 1ml daily. I continued her medication for about 5-6 months and stopped it about 6-8 weeks ago. I stopped it because she was no longer having any of the skin issues and I felt she was cured of it. Another reason why I stopped it was she was getting very sick and vomiting soon after I gave it to her. Also, important thing to note was that she developed huge abscess on her chest near her front leg and she had another surgery to clean and drain it. I'm wondering of there is something like autoimmune disease, parasite, or reoccurring allergic reaction. Last year I did change her diet to Blue Basics Limited Ingredient grain-free formula (Salmon & Potato) to see if would cure skin problem.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If your Veterinarian is having difficulty identifying the cells taken from the chest, an image of the cells should be sent to a telemedicine service so that a Specialist can identify the cells and help with a diagnosis. There are many different causes for fluid in the chest which may include infection, heart failure, clotting disorders, cancer, liver disease, kidney disease among many other causes. Further testing is required, but the cells found by your Veterinarian should be identified as they may assist in determining the next test to run. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tinker Bell
Saint Bernard
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

agitation
Fluid in lungs
Panting
Heavy Breathing

I have a ten year old Saint Bernard who has appeared in good health up until recently. Over the last month she has had more and more trouble breathing when walking, I had assumed that this was just a result of age until things worsened over the last few days.
Her respiration rate while walking at a slow pace will usually go up above 80 breathes per minute.
Within the last week she has also occasionally been panting while at rest, this is a change from her usual 20 breathes per minute resting respiration. She has not been coughing or sneezing and had her usual voracious appetite.
Also within the last week she has developed an aversion to being in the house, not always, but frequently she will pant heavily and run for the nearest door as soon as she enters the house. She seems agitated when inside.
I took her to the vet. She had a checkup, blood tests, and a series of chest xrays. Spondylosis was found, along with evidence of arthritis in some of her joints. Her heart appeared strong and lymph nodes alright. Basic blood work showed normal kidney and liver function, sodium, potassium and other levels were all normal. Although the attending vet initially suspected lung cancer, the xrays, which were also examined by 2 other vets in the office, didn't show any tumors. However there was a cloudy appearance to her lungs, which was thought to be fluid build up.
The vet's opinion was that some of the heavy breathing and agitation could be due to pain from her joints and spine, and that we should address that discomfort first and then look at her other issues. Robenacoxib was prescribed. She has had two doses. She seemed more active and was walking more quickly after the first day. After the second day she lost her appetite, had diarrhea and has thrown up once. She was very agitated all of last night, and a little clingy, which is abnormal. I have stopped giving her pills.
I feel as though she is going to die soon, but hold some slim hope that there may be a simple easy remedy for her.
Any incites would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Robenacoxib, like all medicines, comes with side effects and the symptoms after administration do fit with those side effects; see link below. Pain and discomfort can be a factor in a dog having an increased respiratory rate, address the pain issue and it should resolve the respiration issue. You should return to your Veterinarian for another examination and review of treatment as they may prescribe a different suitable NSAID to administer. Without examining Tinkerbell and seeing x-rays etc… it is difficult to weigh in on this since we cannot determine the cause of the cloudy lungs and I cannot listen to her chest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://assets.ctfassets.net/kvimhx6nhg7h/3LU0AgHxcAGGeQGc6Mky26/c87b61be5f9c171953733ffeb7037f89/Onsior_Tablets_for_Dogs_PI_Oct_2016.pdf

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lola
Boxer
12 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

caughing

My dog was diagnosed with fluid in the lungs because of the fluid, vet couldn't see is there a cancer or is it infection of the lungs.after taking simplicef and carprofen he started to caugh. what should i do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many causes of fluid building up in the lungs. Infection, cancer, and heart failure are a few. Without seeing Lola, I can't comment on what might be going on with her, but it is important to try and figure out the cause so that she can get treatment if possible. A couple of things that can be done are a tap of the fluid and an analysis of that fluid, and an ultrasound if she is stable to have the procedure done. She may need to see a specialist if your veterinarian isn't comfortable continuing diagnostics for her. I hope that she is okay.

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Jake
Black Lab / Rotweiller
11 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hard to breath
Lack of energy

Medication Used

Ciprofloxacin
fyrisenude

I took my dog, Jake, to the emergency room due to coughing, hard to breathe, and lack of energy, he was diagnosed with fluid on the lungs.
Would spraying aerosol can inside the house around a dog cause fluid in the lungs?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for fluid in the lungs, people spray allsorts of aerosol products in their home from air fresheners to deodorants to cleaning products; these shouldn’t have an effect on pets unless they are an industrial product to be used in well ventilated areas with warnings to wear face masks etc… during use. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stitch
French Bulldog
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

congestion

Medication Used

Apoquel

My French Bulldog, Stitch, has had two instances of what was diagnosed as aspiration pneumonia. The first was when he was 9 in May 2017. I picked him up from the dog sitter, who said he was not acting right and had regurgitated on his morning feeding. Stitch's breathing was very labored so I took him to an Animal ER immediately. The DR saw fluid in the upper lung. He was treated over several days with nebulization treatments, antibiotics, etc. and seemed to make a full recovery. I did have him checked out afterwards by a cardiologist who ruled out congestive heart failure. Stitch basically sounded congested constantly after this episode. At the end of January 2018, I picked up Stitch again from the pet sitter who reported Stitch had regurgitated several piles of white foam and mucous. I took him to my regular vet who X-rayed Stitch and saw fluid in the same lung lobe. He was once again diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia and treated with nebulization, antibiotics, etc. Again, even after treatment, Stitch sounds constantly congested. We have elected to have Stitch undergo surgery in a week to correct an elongated soft palate. Could this be sufficient to correct this problem? Could there be other causes that we should rule out? He seems otherwise healthy. He is now 10 and eats well, plays (although not as much as he used to), isn't overweight, etc. Should we further pursue the cardiologist route or could there be something else we should do if the soft palate surgery seems not to correct the problem?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is strange that the issue occurs only when being at the pet sitter, there may be something in their home or kennel which is causing Stitch to vomit and aspirate; depending on which study you read, around 10-15% of dogs with elongated soft palate will develop aspiration pneumonia. I would go through with the surgery and then monitor Stitch to see if there are any changes, I cannot think of anything else to try as I haven’t examined him myself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Loca
Chihuahua
15 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

CHF
Rapid breathing
lack of appetite
Lack Of Coordination

Medication Used

Lasix
Amoxicillin

My 15yo chihuahua was diagnosed with CHF this week. She was given an injection Wednesday and then started Lasix pills Thursday morning. Sometimes I think her breathing has improved and other times it seems the same or worse. She isn't sleeping much and at her worst her breathing got to 180 breaths/min. I'm wondering if her breathing is better soon after Lasix and worse as it wears off. How long does it take for the fluid to drain and her breathing to improve?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Lasix works fairly quickly to get rid of fluid in the lungs, but doesn't last long. Loca may need a more frequent dosing to keep the fluid from building up in her lungs, and it would be best to have frequent rechecks with your veteirnarian to assess her breathing and determine what frequency she might need her medications. I hope that everything goes well for her!

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Bradley
toy poodle
16 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Walking in a circle, lathargic, hard time breathin

My dog is 16 and back in August of this year he had a seizure that lasted about a minute, he had a few shorter ones after that one over 2 days. I took him to my vet and they did blood work and he was put on 2 different antibiotics for 2 weeks and a heart pill for a month. He seemed very lethargic for about a 4-5 days. Then he began to get his energy back and seemed to go back to his normal self almost like he was years younger. he started to play with his toys again (He hadn't in a few years). He was fine for about 2 weeks after the meds but seemed to start to not seem as good, So I called the vet and they started the antibiotics again and a thyroid pill. Again he seemed to be fine again. He has been feeling so good that he has started to jump back up on the sofa, something that he hasn't been able to do for years. (His is almost completely blind and deaf) He had a great appetite and was drinking water. The vet said he was septic from a mouth infection that he had and that was the cause of his fast decline. However, after the antibiotics the vet took some x-rays and found that he has a large tumor in his chest. I was advised at his age it is best to not put him through the stress of surgery and cancer meds. Since he was acting and feeling fine to not worry about that with his age. He was doing very well until last Thursday, he didn't want to eat his dinner. However the next day he was eating again. Then on Sunday he seemed to be a little lethargic but went outside and was drinking water, he also ate his dinner on Sunday evening. Monday he again seemed lethargic and pretty much stayed in his bed all day, I was able to get him to eat and then that evening when I took him out he would just walk in a circle to his left. He would keep widening the circle to get where he was going. He would do it in his bed and throughout the night he would get up and do it, he also seemed to be trying to breath and craning his head and panting . Tuesday morning he was still doing it so I again took him to the vet. They listened to his heart and took his temp and his temp was normal 100.7, his heart rate was up but he was still coughing. They wanted to administer some meds to get the fluid out of his chest and put him in a oxygen pen. He has been in there since yesterday and he did not eat last night they said but he is drinking. Can you tell me what his prognosis is? I know without being able to examine him yourself or be able to review his medical records it is not a diagnosis. I'm just checking to see if there is anything else that can be done that might not have been thought of on this end.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bradley is sixteen years old which is a good age for a toy poodle, as dog’s age their health deteriorates and conditions worsen; as with people, an aging dog with pre-existing conditions will have good days and bad days. Getting Bradley to breath comfortably without assistance is the main task of your Veterinarian, if Bradley is unable to breath unaccompanied then the prognosis is grave; his response to diuretics will be an important measure, but in determining his prognosis his age, symptoms and the large tumour need to be considered. Unfortunately, I cannot see a long-term positive prognosis for Bradley based on the information you have provided, he may respond to diuretics for some time but his age and the tumour may cause other complications. Your Veterinarian would be in the best position to advise you on this matter. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Juni
Mix
11 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fast Breathing

My dog was a mix breed small-middle-ish sized dog. On Saturday took him to the vet for the regular/common vaccine injection. Dog was fine until Monday evening when he started to breath very fast after minor movement. It was very late at night and didn't call the doctor. Tuesday afternoon I take him to the vet. He said its an emergency and that the dog had heart emphysema and pulmonary edema. Injected him with some medicine and kept the dog in a cage (no xray, no blood test, no chest hearing, no weighting, no oxygen was supplied). He said that I couldn't take him home. Next morning I get a call that the dog has passed.

It's been three days now and I am struggling to figure out what actually happened and if anyone could have done something to save him as some things don't add up in my head..

I would really appreciate a response.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. I don't blame you for having questions, as it doesn't sound like very much was explained to you. While I can't comment on the treatment, as I don't know any details about the case, if you do have questions, you are within your rights to talk to your veterinarian about what happened, ask for some explanations, and if you are not happy, all states have a veterinary regulation board that you can contact if you feel that things were not handled correctly. He may have had underlying heart concerns or an unrelated condition that was brought on by stress, but again, I can't comment on that without more details. I am very sorry for your loss.

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Reef
Otterhound
9 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gurgling sound when breathing

Medication Used

prednisone

My dog IMHA and after receiving iv fluids and an ozone treatment administered with fluids he is breathing as if he has fluid in his lungs sort of a gurgling sound. Is it possible to many fluids were given and they somehow got into his lungs? If so what should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Reef. If he is having problems breathing, he needs to go back to his veterinarian immediately, or your closest emergency clinic to be evaluated. It is unlikely that he was given an excess of fluids that would be causing that, but he may have fluid accumulating in his lungs as a condition of his disease, and may need medication or oxygen therapy. I hope that he recovers okay.

My dog is 5 months old and he was diagnosed with pulmonary edema. We are not sure how it happened, he did eat a sewing clip the day of his first incident. He started throwing up blood so we rushed him to the ER. He was on oxygen for 5 days then we were able to bring him home. If you are able to afford it, hang on. It’s expensive having a dog stay at the vet for that long but if has shown signs of improving, I’d say hold on. Our dog recovered and 3 weeks later it happened again. We are not sure what is happening or what is causing this but we are hoping that was the last time. We can’t afford these emergency vet trips much more. Good luck and I pray your little one pulls through.

My dog has pulmanry edema he is only 12 weeks old he chokrd on something and blocked his airway which caused he edema hoe long does it take to asorb this fluid he been in the hospitial for 5 days he is in a oxgyen tank get lasik and took a antibotic 2 days ago i dont know to do he is a lil better should i keep treatng him or is he just at a platoe and wull not get better please help me

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Duke
miniature poodle
12 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
congestive heart failure
Lethargy
Loss of apetite

Medication Used

Vetmedin
Furosemide
Marbocyl P
fortekor
Tolfedine

Hi my miniature poodle was prescribed Rilexine and Tolfedine 5 days ago since my vet said he has a throat infection. I didn't see any improvement and yesterday morning he even vomited some clear, yellowish liquid. He hasn't eaten anything for 5 days.

I took him to the vet again and he asked me to stop the Rilexine and gave me Marbocyl P since the Rilexine wasn't working on the infection. He is currently in VetMedin, Fortekor and Furosemide as well since he has CHF. I'm concerned because he's taking so much medication yet hasn't eaten anything for 5 days now. Only drinks a little water when I urge him to.

He coughs after he drinks. And most of the time he coughs and seems like gagging.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Further to your previous two questions under loss of appetite, there is little that can be done apart from trying to encourage Duke to eat; like I mentioned previously to try to syringe a mixture of smooth wet food with water into the mouth to see if he will eat something. The throat infection will cause pain whilst swallowing which would compound the loss of appetite; it is really a case of riding this out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks Dr. Turner. I have just copied and pasted this message question here and added some more re today under Pharyungitis, should you like to see it as well. I'll try to syringe wet food too.
Thanks.

I was diagnosed with HepB 3 months ago and was devastated by the news. I have been ill and sore for over 10 years, with no one being able to figure out what was wrong with me. It was always written off as a virus or infection. Then 2 years ago the severe muscle cramps started. I had them from scalp to toes, and it was when they ran the full spectrum of tests to figure the cramps out, that they discovered the HepB along with severe Vitamin D deficiency, which I link to the HepB. I was so tired and nauseous and in constant pain. I am just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired!!nothing was really working to help my condition.I went off the Sebivo (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started on hepatitis B herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, my symptoms totally declined over a 5 weeks use of the hepatitis B virus natural herbal formula the disease is totally reversed!! Visit there website www. healthherbalclinic. net

I was diagnosed with HepB 3 months ago and was devastated by the news. I have been ill and sore for over 10 years, with no one being able to figure out what was wrong with me. It was always written off as a virus or infection. Then 2 years ago the severe muscle cramps started. I had them from scalp to toes, and it was when they ran the full spectrum of tests to figure the cramps out, that they discovered the HepB along with severe Vitamin D deficiency, which I link to the HepB. I was so tired and nauseous and in constant pain. I am just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired!!nothing was really working to help my condition.I went off the Sebivo (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started on hepatitis B herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, my symptoms totally declined over a 5 weeks use of the hepatitis B virus natural herbal formula the disease is totally reversed!! Visit there website www. healthherbalclinic. net

I was diagnosed with HepB 3 months ago and was devastated by the news. I have been ill and sore for over 10 years, with no one being able to figure out what was wrong with me. It was always written off as a virus or infection. Then 2 years ago the severe muscle cramps started. I had them from scalp to toes, and it was when they ran the full spectrum of tests to figure the cramps out, that they discovered the HepB along with severe Vitamin D deficiency, which I link to the HepB. I was so tired and nauseous and in constant pain. I am just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired!!nothing was really working to help my condition.I went off the Sebivo (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started on hepatitis B herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, my symptoms totally declined over a 5 weeks use of the hepatitis B virus natural herbal formula the disease is totally reversed!! Visit there website www. healthherbalclinic. net

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Shiya
Labrador
4 year 7 month
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Breathing Difficulty, not eating food, gain weight

Medication Used

Safe heart, cardio plus(heart support form)

My 4.5 year female labrador have fluid in chest around the lungs from past 3 month .in starting days she start coughing after this her stoumotch size was increased,after visit vet they find fluid in stoumotch and said it bcz of liver pro and they advice to give lysibin tablate for liver bt she nt recover after this they adviced to visit bombay and vet said fluid is in the chest around the lungs and heart enlargement vet said it bcz of heart.she have no tumor,no heart failor and we removed fluid by there and she start eating normally .after 1 month form last 1 week she not having food .and breathing difficulties are increased. ( safe heart,cardio plus heart supporting formula, aldacton,cardace-5,dytor,lysibin. These are the medicine still continue. I have her eco report, x-rey report, ECG report, sonography report. Plz suggest what should we do for her??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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So Shiya is receiving Safe Heart (pimobendan - increases heart contractility), Aldactone (spironolactone - a diuretic), Dytor (torsemide - a diuretic), silybin (natural milk thistle supplement for liver support) and Cardace (ramipril - an ACE inhibitor). From your description, you mentioned that Shiya doesn’t have heart failure? Pimobendan (at least in the USA and Europe) is not approved for use in dogs which do not have heart failure, you would need to speak to your Veterinarian about India; as for the other medications she is on two different types of diuretic, is on an ACE inhibitor and is still receiving silybin for liver support, I cannot think of any additional treatment I could advise you at this point. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I am 54 years old and I was told I had COPD 7 years ago. I immediately quit smoking, but as the years pass by my condition got significantly worse, and I started having serious attacks. I used to be able to exercise, but it became so hard because I`m constantly out of breath. My pulmonologist started me on oral steroids to help control symptoms and minimize further damage but my symptoms never stopped getting worse. In January this year, my pulmonologist and I decided to go with natural treatment and was introduced to NewLife Herbal Clinic natural organic COPD Herbal formula, i had a total decline of symptoms with this COPD Herbal formula treatment. The infections, shortness of breath, fatigue, dry cough and other symptoms has subsided. Visit NewLife Herbal Clinic official website ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com or email [email protected] newlifeherbalclinic. com.

I have had great improvement with my over all respiration with this product and i breath very much easier, i can never be thankful enough to nature

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Killian
Miniature Schnauzer
6 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing

I have a 6 month old schnauzer, and tonight we went to wash his wet food off his face in the kitchen sink and we think water went up his nose and into his lungs. He's been wheezing and his chest keeps spasming. His heart is beating irregular, is that normal? That was about 2 hours ago, now he's asleep and I feel vibration in his chest. The wheezing has stopped. Should we be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Aspiration of some water can be irritating but if it was up his nose I do not think there would have been a large enough quantity for it to reach his lungs; it may be uncomfortable and irregular heartbeat may be due to various causes which may be unrelated to the water. Keep a close eye on Killian and if you notice any respiratory distress or you are generally concerned visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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TC
Chihuahua
12 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fluid in lungs
Trouble breathing, loss of appetite, balance

Medication Used

Furosemide
Prednisone
Orbifloxacin

My chihuahua TC has been suffering with fluid in his lungs for about 6 months or more. He is not as active as usual. It has gotten to the point where he will not eat so it is difficult for me to give him his medication. He wants to eat but doesn't have the strength. It is evident that he has complications breathing he'll walk a few steps and just stand and won't Lay down for long. Now he has an eye infection (not sure if it has anything to do with it). His vet said that there is nothing wrong with his heart so the cause is still a mystery. What could have cause this? Is there an alternative method that can be taking other than medicine? Should I be worried at this point?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are not many causes for fluid build up in the lungs and the usual suspect is usually the heart; other causes of fluid in the lungs are cancer, infection, aspiration of fluid, irritants and low blood protein (usually would see fluid in the abdomen too). Standard treatment would be diuretics and antibiotics which TC is currently receiving, if the fluid is remaining on the lung, a stronger diuretic maybe required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mollie
Pug
11 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing
Tired
Couldn't lay down
Loss of colour in tongue and gums
Slow panting
Coughing up blood
Lethargy
Labored breathing

I had to euthanize my 11 year old pug three days ago because of fluid around/inside both of her lungs which was causing her to cough every three minutes. She was diagnosed with a collapsed trachea a few months prior and she was on steroid pills (two tablets once a day for ten days) and puffer (one pump twice a day) which was causing her to drink an excessive amount of water. I called the emergency vet hospital and they told me to steam her in the bathroom for 15 minutes which only made things worse. Chest x-rays were done and she was put on oxygen to help her breathing. The vet told me that it could be pneumonia, non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema (since her heart was not enlarged), or cancer. I didn't want her to suffer any longer, so I made the unbearable choice to say goodbye. Is it possible that the excessive amount of water that she was drinking could have caused this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sorry for your loss and for the tough decision you needed to make; it is usual to question your actions afterwards, I will try to help. Any water consumed by an animal is used to replenish fluids lost and remaining fluid is excreted by the kidneys; there are multiple conditions which would cause this basic system is dysfunction leading to fluid accumulation in different areas of the body (limb oedema, ascites, pulmonary oedema etc…), this may be caused by heart failure, liver disease, kidney disease, low blood protein (hypoproteinemia), trauma, infections, cancer or hormonal regulation. Treatment usually revolves around oxygen therapy, physical removal of fluid and or diuretics; in addition the primary cause of the fluid accumulation would be determined and treated (or managed). Depending on the primary cause and the severity, treatment options may have been limited. I would encourage you to think about the all the years you had with Mollie and not just the end. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you, Doctor Turner.

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Max
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

Hi, I have a 6 year old miniature male dog which looks normal and when consulted the vet, due to a light coughing (2 to 3 times a day) observed from last month. After an x-ray we were informed that thee is water in lungs and no symptoms shown. Body weight is around 24.25 ponds which I fee is more so physical activity as walking for a 20 minutes once a day Now we are looking for a proper cure to clear the the problem and make it healthy. Please advise.
I find out more details and input for your valuable suggestion.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Fluid in the lungs is a symptom of another disease; this may be caused by pneumonia, heart disease, poisons, foreign bodies, hypoproteinemia and anemia. To treat the fluid in the lungs, the primary condition would need to be identified and treated as well. Your Veterinarian can take blood tests to check blood counts, liver and kidney function as well as protein and electrolyte levels which would help in a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Unnamed
1 Month
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fluid In Abdomen

I brought home a month old street pup. She's having trouble breathing. Vet gave me some antibiotics and said she might have fluids in her lungs. She's barely eating, cant sleep unless she's sitting. She's restless and growing weaker. What should be done?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With a dog as young as this one, I would suspect a diaphragmatic hernia; especially since being in a sitting position seems comfortable for her. A diaphragmatic hernia may be congenital or caused by trauma, given her age a congenital hernia is a possibility. Symptoms of a diaphragmatic hernia are similar to fluid on the lungs (muffled chest sounds on auscultation and breathing difficulties). A simple x-ray or ultrasound will easily diagnose the condition. For treatment, surgical correction would be required; this would have to be discussed with your Veterinarian regarding suitable age for surgery and management until then. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

 

https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/hernia-diaphragmatic

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Paris
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Increased Heart Rate

Good day
My 9 year old chihauwa was diagnosed with fluid on the lungs, put into an oxygen tank for 25 minutes then had 2 tablets forced down her throat(she even bit the vet). I was given 2 more tabs and asked to bring her back for an examination the next day! On leaving the rooms she passed out and blood gushed out of her mouth. I was told she fell into a coma and should be euthanized?? Traumatised as I was I thought she was suffering and after having an injection in her heart to try resusetate her, I was asked to allow them top euthanize her. I feel like I did the wrong thing and was forced into killing my dog!!!!! Please tell me where I or the vet went wrong!!!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. I am sorry for your loss and know that it is normal to question yourself in these situations to see if there is something different that you could have done. I haven’t examined Paris myself so I am unable to diagnose or suggest a different course of action; however, given Paris’s age and the situation you describe, the best course of action probably was euthanasia. Fluid on the lungs is a symptom of a primary condition; the progress of the primary condition was probably a factor in the decision to euthanize. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I had a white deer Chihuahua she was 13 years old. Her name was Alley...she would have these odd bouts of dropping on the floor in a dead stare. Blood work did not raise any red flags and she did have a murmur which they said was not an issue. 1 month later took her in with one of these odd attacks. They placed her on oxygen then said her red blood cells were depleting fast. She was a pure bred. I thought they were supposed to do a blood match for transfusions...they did not and transfused her. I was at work...otherwise...i would not have let them do this. That night my baby girl died in my arms. We requested he do an autopsy but he refused. I believe she may have had leukemia but they were quick to diagnose with some other disease which does not match up to her symptoms at all. I blame them for her death.

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Sheba
Syberian Huskey
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fluid in lungs
Lose of Appetite

Sheba, my husky, is 10 years old. She was healthy and strong until recently she was having a hard time breathing and when we took her the vet he said she had fluid around her lungs. He gave her antibiotics. In two days she got worse and because it was a Friday night we took her to an emergency vet hospital. They told her that the fluid significantly increased and that they can drain it but realistically it will come back. And the only way to fix this is surgery but she's too old to handle the surgery. They drained the fluid and gave her a shot of antibiotics to jump start her system and then gave us 7days worth of antibiotics. The problem is that she's gone off food and refuses to take the medicine. When we took her back to the hospital for another x-ray the fluid started building up again. We asked if they can give shots instead of oral medication they refused because it's too expensive. They believe that we should put her down.. I am willing to take that decision if she is in unnecessary pain, But I want to give her a chance to fight. And I don't have enough information...

What I need to know is:
Can we give her the intervenes antibiotics? Or daily shots?

Can we do more investigation? E.g., Can we test the fluid/puss and get a diagnosis? i.e., What is the infection? Is there an underlying disease? And if so, what is it? And is there a treatment for it?

How long will she have if she takes the medicine and eats? (assuming she doesn't refuse)

How many times can we drain the fluid before it is useless? Will it give her a chance to fight off the infection? And how long will that give her?

What will her quality of life be if we go through surgery? And what are her chances at this age? Assuming it is successful, how long will she have?

I have three options and I can't seem to choose, and all I feel is that I'm being pressured to kill my dog:

1- euthanasia: but I need more than just infection - what infection and why?
2- minimally invasive procedure: hospitalise her and try intravenous fluids and antibiotics.
3- invasive surgery: what is the probability that she can have an ok quality of life - slower maybe, and not so energetic, but without complications like paralysis or uncontrollable urination.

Can you please help me take a desiion?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a long list of possible conditions which may cause a pleural effusion including: heart failure, protein losing conditions, cancer, infections, hemothorax, chylothorax or other conditions. The type of fluid removed can be analysed to determine the type of fluid and other tests may be taken (like blood test to check protein levels or blood counts etc…); it may be worth visiting another Veterinarian for a second opinion and work up if your current Veterinarian is suggesting euthanasia (which still may be the best option). Pleural effusion may be managed with chest drains and / or diuretics, this would need to be discussed with a Veterinarian regarding suitability of treatment; there are different tests which may be done on the drained fluid, blood, x-rays, echocardiogram and others but still depending on the underlying cause (if one can be found) euthanasia may be in Sheba’s best interest. There are injectable antibiotics, but if the cause isn’t infection the treatment will be ineffective. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/managing-pleural-effusion-proceedings

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Brie
Yorkshire Terrier
6 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

anxious
Not drinking
Coughing
Lathargic
Not Eating
Wheezing for air

My 6 year old, 3 lb Yorkie was swimming and got caught by a wave and went under water for 3-5 seconds. She was non-responsive when we pulled her out immediately. We have her CPR as her tong was out, body limp and eyes were rolled to the back of her head. After 2-3 minutes of CPR, her eyes opened and she woke up. She was very lethargic and look terrified. We brought her to ER and they said her lungs sounded fine but to monitor her because this particular situation can go south quickly. This happened at 1 and by 4 she was having a hard time breathing. We rushed her to our primary vet who said she needed to go to ER after doing X-ray which showed fluid in 85% or her lungs. It was told to me she is experiencing Noncardiogenic Pulmonary Edema She's now at the ER in oxygen tank on IV with antiobiotoc and fluids. They told me she needed to stay in tank 24 hours. I guess my question is what can or are they doing to get the fluid out? I just don't understand what the oxygen does? It sounds to me like they need to remove the fluids? Please help, I can't sleep.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Near drowning is a dangerous condition which may cause a dog to effectively drown to death twenty-four hours after the event whilst on dry land; the inhalation of water can irritate the lungs causing a reduction in the efficacy of the lungs and a dog will die of oxygen starvation. The oxygen mask is to ensure that Brie is getting as much oxygen into her lungs; normal air has a low oxygen content (around 21%, it is 78% nitrogen), giving oxygen will help to keep her blood oxygen levels up. Supportive care is needed, but there are articles suggesting that a bronchoalveolar lavage can decrease the irritation to the lungs (see article below). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14559695

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Miyah
French Bulldog
15 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

puffing
Spitting mucus

6 months ago Miyah had an allergic reaction to some antibiotics. A few days later she started coughing and vomiting... Our vet diagnosed pulmonary edema and heart noises... I went to another vet for heart echography and X-rays, he said it's a chronic bronchitis and Miya's heart is OK.
This week she has been coughing again, X-ray shows another pulmonary edema and he says he still hears heart noises and need life-time medication.
But Miya seems pretty OK, apart from the coughing.
Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pulmonary oedema is normally attributable to cardiac disease, cancer, infections or head trauma; given Miyah’s age, it may be best to visit a Cardiologist or another Internal Medicine Specialist to determine the actual underlying cause and to direct treatment effectively if your Veterinarian is recommending lifelong medication. Unfortunately, without being able to examine Miyah personally, I am unable to give any further information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gracie
Shih Tzu/Miniature poodle
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Crackly breathing

Medication Used

Zonisamide
Lasix
Chlorpheniramine
Phenobarbital

I took my dog to Florida about a month ago where the weather was really windy. She had a little cough after, but not bad. No relation, she went in to get a lump on her leg removed and seemed to come out worse. More coughing, vomiting up water/clear fluid. The vet took a chest x-ray and said she had fluid in her lungs and bronchitis. She was put on Temaril-P and Lasix. She has had crackly breathing this whole time. After she went off the meds, the vet saw her again and she is now back on Lasix. She wants to rule out fungal infections with some type of flush. She said it could be this or a bad case of bronchitis. I really don't want to have to put my dog through the stress of going under again. Are there any other meds we can try to avoid this? Literally the only symptom she has is crackly breathing and Lasix does help it. Do you think she needs another round of antibiotics? Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are not many causes of fluid on the lungs, but they include: infections, trauma, cancer, heart failure, electric shocks (unlikely) or hypoproteinemia (caused may many different conditions). I am skeptical about throwing different antibiotics at a case to see if something works, we have gotten into a lot of trouble with over dependence on antibiotics leading to resistance etc… A flush would allow identification of a pathogenic organism and sensitivity testing to a more suitable antibiotic or antifungal as appropriate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Angel
Maltese/ shitzoo
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fluid in lungs

What does it mean to inject a needle to take fluid out of the lungs , is that a last resort? My baby was drowning in her own fluid and had collapsed they asked did I want to try this or euthanize her, I let her go, so afraid at that point it would not make a difference. She had been in early in the morning for an appt. but sent home with meds , Lasiks and an antibiotic, they also gave her an injection of lasiks in her leg while there. She had an enlarged heart and a heart murmur, I had her on 2 heart meds for the last year,she seemed fine just 2 days before, why would they wait till she was so far gone to suggest that instead of when they seen it on her xrays? I contacted them 3 different times to say I did not believe the injection was working she was not urinating the fluid, they said give it time to kick in........all the while her lungs were filling up and she was struggling to breath, with the consequences of the awful choice to euthanize her.......devastated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema), is where fluid accumulates in the alveoli of the lungs preventing gaseous exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide; this condition it treated medically with diuretics to expel the fluid through the kidneys. Fluid on the lungs (pleural effusion) is an accumulation of fluid around the lungs causing the lungs to be constricted so that they cannot expand during respiration; treatment is initially with diuretics, but a needle may be placed through the chest wall into the pleural space to drain the fluid off. Regular draining may be required to allow normal breathing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sugar
Maltese
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

My 15 years old maltese recently is coughing that sound like a kennel cough. Took my baby to the vetenarian and was diagnose with congestive heart failure. Kidney and liver are good but fluid found in the lungs. My vet wont prescribe the medication Pimobedian and Furosemide unless I bring my dog to the one week then month to month follow up pre-anesthetic profile, x-ray and blood pressure check up. I am looking at a $320 month to month check up cost plus $91 for the meds. Is the follow up check-up necessary? I love my baby so much but cant afford the month to month examination.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vetmedin (pimobendan) has a variety of side effects, some occurring in 38% of patients (loss of appetite), some occurring in 14% of patients (azotemia) and some occurring in 6% of patients (sudden death). The benefits of pimobendan outweigh the risks of side effects and it performs better than other products in dogs fitting the criteria for administration; given the possibilities of side effects, some which may affect the heart and kidneys it is responsible for your Veterinarian to check Sugar for efficacy of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetmedin.com/safety_and_dosing/record_of_safe_use.aspx
www.vetmedin.com/documents/vetmedin_pi.pdf

In regards to the Vetmedin my Vet put my baby girl on this 9-23-17 and 9-23-17 I had to let her go she was suffering her breathing was very rapid and was struggling could not lay down and get comfortable, I have second guessed my decision every day did I do the right thing.

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maggie
terrier beagle
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Labored Breathing

Labored breathing and lethargic one day, fine the next. Gum color was poor but now good. Vet says there is fluid build up but has reduced some. Had ultra sound...heart is fine and no lung mass found. Vet still believes there is a hidden mass...but the ultra sound didn't find anything??! Sore again too. Eating well.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Did your Veterinarian perform an x-ray? Ultrasound has some limitations in the thoracic cavity due to the depth and the ribcage getting in the way. An x-ray will give a good indication of overall lung health as well as other structures in the thorax. Fluid in the lungs may be caused by cancer, heart disease, electrocution, low blood protein (usually along with ascites) and other causes. The changes in mucous membrane colour and changes in activity only confuse the condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Correction...she has fluid around her lungs not in them

He did perform an xray and another ultra sound today..here is what we know so far:

1. Her breathing is labored, is she gasping for air or panting? No. My vet says her front left lobe is torted.

2. There is no mass in her lung.

3. She has no heart condition

4. She was back to normal less than 15 hours ago.

5. She woke up acting tight and sore last night and acting in a very odd manner. This morning she was back to the way she was 3 days ago.

6. She has fluid in her lungs. We are on meds for that and for any other infection.

7. When she's like this she doesn't really want to eat her food.

8. My vet seems clueless on what is going on with her.

Any help or thoughts are appreciated...thanks!

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Bon Bon
Aspin
7 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures

I have a 7-week old puppy whose mother died after giving birth. We're so worried because she's having seizures from time to time. We went to a veterinarian and he said it's because of fluid in the lungs. Does it causes seizures? What do we need to do? We're terrified because she's still young.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The cause for the fluid in the lungs would need to be determined; when a dog chokes, fluid can accumulate in the lungs and can sometimes look like a seizure is the dog is recumbent. Other causes may be due to infection or heart conditions, further investigation would be needed in order to reach a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I am 54 years old and I was told I had COPD 7 years ago. I immediately quit smoking, but as the years pass by my condition got significantly worse, and I started having serious attacks. I used to be able to exercise, but it became so hard because I`m constantly out of breath. My pulmonologist started me on oral steroids to help control symptoms and minimize further damage but my symptoms never stopped getting worse. In January this year, my pulmonologist and I decided to go with natural treatment and was introduced to NewLife Herbal Clinic natural organic COPD Herbal formula, i had a total decline of symptoms with this COPD Herbal formula treatment. The infections, shortness of breath, fatigue, dry cough and other symptoms has subsided. Visit NewLife Herbal Clinic official website ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com or email [email protected] newlifeherbalclinic. com.

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Dakota
German, rott, pit
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble breathing, loss of appetite, balance

Medication Used

Cephalexin 500mg
Tramadol

My dog got hit my a car, and has fluid build up in the lungs. She has a hard time breathing a little when she stands, and a very hard time breathing when laying down, ahe is fighting to stand up, but she is so tired. What do i do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Dakota has fluid in the lungs, it may be worth speaking with your Veterinarian about diuretics to help remove fluid from the body, also looking at other possible causes for the fluid (like low blood albumin) may give a more long-term solution. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Joe
Toy Fox Terrier
Nine Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Problems
Shallow Rapid Breathing
At times rapid breathing

Nine year old toy fox terrier healthy until 4 to 6 days ago. I noticed occasional cough turning into gagging, no vomiting. Developed rapid breathing at times, eating and eliminating. Went to vet yesterday, temp normal, chest ex ray showed one lung is white. Prescribed antibiotics twice daily thinking may be aspiration but unknown. Administering meds a disaster, put dog under great stress and he promptly vomited. Now he is suspicious of all food. What are his chances of clearing his lung on his own? Hoping he will eat again.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be challenging to get a dog to take his medication; there are special treats available that can have a tablet or pill inserted inside to assist with administration. The process of forcing Joe to take his meds may have an effect on his eating habits, but this would normally resolve once he gets hungry enough; if he continues not to eat, try a different food (wet food). The chances of resolving a lung infection without treatment isn’t favourable, especially if the whole lung is affected. Try to continue his course of antibiotics (try using one of those treats for ease of administration) and monitor him for improvement. If the condition persists, further tests may be needed to determine if the cause is an antibiotic resistance bacterial infection, other infection (viral, parasite etc…) or cancer. Further diagnostic testing may include bronchoalveolar lavage and bronchoscopy (possibly with a biopsy) in order to determine the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 9 year old Shar-pei is in the vet hospital tonight getting fluids & antibiotics because she wouldn't take her mess or eat. Tomorrow, if they can get an appt. for us, we are going to a specialist to see if it is aspiration pneumonia, cancer, or fungal. I am so upset. This is very serious and I am scared.

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Bear
Australian Shepherd
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing and Gagging

I adopted a 4 year old Australian Shepard mix. He was being treated for heart worm, they were using the "slow kill method" we continued the treatment until he tested negative. He now has a cough/gag problem. Mostly it is at the end of the day and when he wakes up. He doesn't produce any fluid when he gags. His appetite is very good and he is active. He seems healthy except for the cough/gag. The vet took x-rays and noticed an enlarged heart and fluid around the heart and lungs. They put him on Lasik, with no improvement. He was then put on Prednisone short term. It didn't seem to help and it began to harm his liver (or was it his kidneys) so we took him off of that. The vet then put him on an antihistamine, which is no longer helping him. What else can we do? Is their an other option?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Usually in cases of pulmonary oedema, the primary condition (like heart failure) is an untreatable condition so that the treatment given is supportive (managing symptoms) rather than curative. Furosemide (lasix) is the treatment of choice as it is a diuretic which moves the fluid out of the body; the overall treatment would be dependent on the underlying cause, if the cause is heart failure, medicines like ACE inhibitors used in combination with furosemide can improve the diuretic effect. Without personally examining Bear or seeing his test results, I cannot really comment further. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chapati
Poodle
6 Weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Problems

Urgently seeking for solution for my dog.
She is minature French Poodle with 6 weeks old.
From 1 week she is having diffculty for to breathe, took to lot of vets , some said its because of Distemper.
Finaly got a good Vet , She got Negative test for Distemper , Vet says she has fluid in her longs , they gave her Oxygen and Diurectics and Observing her, but she is still bad, she got some releif from Oxygen but as because of her age she is get uncortable with more Oxygen as her tounge is getting Blue.

Please advice immediate remedy so that she be fine , as i don't want to loose her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of fluid in the lungs, usually heart conditions are a usual suspect, but in a dog as young as Chapati, another cause is more likely. Other causes of fluid in the lungs are heart abnormalities (mitral valve disease), inhalation of fluid (whilst drinking), aspiration pneumonia, low blood protein, toxins, systemic infections and liver disease. The treatment is dependent on the underlying condition, I would recommend looking at Chapati’s heart to see if there are any abnormal valves which would lead to mitral leakage, but a murmur would usually be audible during auscultation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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BB
4 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

I had a small long haired Chihuahua, and he had jumped from my roommates arms while sitting on a chair and landed on his back on the concrete. He jumped up and acted fine....next day, you could tell he was in pain from his back....took him to Emergency room....he had a slipped disc. Was given pain killers, steroids and something else. Started slowly getting better, then weeks later, seemed like he was in pain....abnormal breathing. Took him to regular Vet and they too thought the breathing was due to pain. Gave him cold laser therapy and more prednisone and pain pills. That evening he was struggling to breathe. Took him ER again, and this time they rushed him to get him some oxygen....they took an XRAY and said where his lungs should show up dark on the XRay he had one lung that was white......they ruled out heart worms and any type of heart disease. I suspect it was trauma from the fall? Anyway, they kept him overnight and tried to give him antibiotic IV....he could not tolerate the IV as it was causing more fluid in the lung. They suggested euthanasia as he was suffering so from not being able to breathe. So this is what they did. My question is....could they have tried to pull the fluid out of his lung with a needle or something and then try the IV again? It was all so shocking....

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sorry for your loss. It is normal during times like this to start questioning decisions made, timelines of treatment and other factors regarding BB’s care. It is difficult to say what could have been done differently since I had not examined BB or seen any test results but it is most probable that the right decision was made in his best interest. The problem with pulmonary oedema (fluid in the lungs) is that until you treat the underlying cause of the fluid accumulation, it will keep coming back; if the cause of the fluid accumulation was septicaemia then treatment with antibiotics may have been beneficial, but given his history it seems unlikely. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog had a large swelling under neck, has fluid in lungs.....blood work came back normal and exrays just confirm fluid around lungs. Walking good, still eating and stools normal....HELP Doctor states heart sounds good.

My chihuahua passed away last night. She had trouble breathing and seemed to have seizures. I tried cpr and she held
On but passed away in car on way to emergency vet. They said she had fluid in her trachea. Could this happen all
If a sudden? She was acting totally normal during the day. I’m devastated, she was 12 and i felt like i didn’t do enough to save her

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Missy
Lhasa Apso
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loud Breathing
Coughing

How to tell my dog is not suffering ? OCT 2015 noticed my dog cough then gag as though she had fur ball etc . It went on for a full day which concerned me so had her checked and was told she had congestive heart failure :( she was at stage 4 . We were given meds and told to feed low sodium diet. In may as I got home from work my dog was excited to see me and did her little coughing fit as she always did but i noticed it was not stoping so I placed my hands on her sides to calm her and she fainted .... very scary after rushing her to vet was told she was now at stage 6 . They began treatment with meds again. We kept increasing the diuretic every couple weeks. We are now at its max with meds and the weekly visits are now done . We just wait now. Its been a few weeks shes still eating, still wants to play with my other dog. If I listen to her chest I hear the crackling . Tonight for the first time I hear it when she breathes. Her breathing has been labored for some time now but tonight her mouth is open at times to breath. I don' t want her to suffer at all. How will I know when she's had enough. She still seems so happy and playful . So hard to know.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is very difficult for an owner to tell if their dog is suffering, partially because they see the positive sides like willingness to play and happy demeanour. For me, once basic bodily functions become permanently impaired such as struggling to breathe, walk, urinate or defecate, not only health but welfare must be considered as a measure of standard of life. I cannot say that Missy should be put down because I haven’t examined her, but I am sure if you are seeing her struggle to breathe and your Veterinarian is unable to resolve the cause, you know you have the decision to make. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Patrick
Aspin
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Anemia
Difficulty of Breathing
Unable to Eat
Loud Breathing

Medication Used

Doxycycline
Immunol
Ambroxol

Hi i accidentally infused 150cc of plain LR to my dog. He is already suffering from pneumonia and t/c for canine distemper. He ate a little amount of food and i was having a hard time to get him to drink his meds. We decided to put him on IV to somehow aid his condition. when we saw that he almost consumed 150cc in less than 2hours. He was began to be fine. He was only irritated with the IV. He ate a little then i had him drink his tablets and syrup. Later this evening, he began to have a difficulty of breathing, he sounds as if he was manifesting crackles / wheezes / pleural friction of some sort ( i cannot identify). It is already late and the vet, opens tomorrow at 8am. I plan to observe him all throughout the night. My question is, Is my dog experiencing pulmonary edema?! and can the fast drip of the IV have caused it in such a little amount of time.?!

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Infusions require planning with a calculation to determine flow rate per hour of fluid and shouldn’t be administered without Veterinary guidance. An excess of hydration can be dangerous as the packed cell volume (percentage of blood cells to fluid) can decrease as well as a decrease in potassium levels (leading to heart and muscle problems), protein levels and other constituents. When an infusion is given in excess, heart problems (due to relative drop in potassium), pulmonary oedema which would put more pressure on the heart to pump blood around the body. A volume of 150ml would be equal to between 0.5-0.1% of body weight (based on a weight between 15-30kg) which shouldn’t cause a problem in a healthy dog, but in a sick dog, the outcome may be different. The breathing difficulties may be more related to the pneumonia than the infusion. Breathing difficulty is a medical emergency and an Emergency Veterinarian may be required if Patrick cannot get enough oxygen into his body. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ella
Around 2
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Blood In Urine

Dog started acting lethargic/drunk with extremely bloodshot eyes and uninterested in food or water. Walking with head moderately cocked to the side.

Upon vet exam and initial bloodwork they suspected one of tick borne illness, heart failure, some type of estrogen medication poisoning, or a bone marrow cancer, or sepsis. Further tests however have been negative for tick illnesses and heart failure after an echo and more bloodwork.

Vet now has no idea what is wrong with her and can only suggest a spinal tap for further tests but does not think the dog would survive the anesthesia and the prognosis is not good if they cannot find the cause. Are there any out of the ordinary causes for her problems that the current two vets have not thought of?

This is also the second time she had an episode like this. The first was a month ago where she displayed the red eyes and lethargy/lack of appetite but the vet said she was possibly just depressed and sent her home because the vitals were ok.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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From the description of symptoms that you have described my immediate thought was Ehrlichiosis which is a tick borne disease, and is probably the same thought that your Veterinarian had. The causes I can think of given the rule out of tick borne diseases and heart failure is that Ella may have ingested a poison that may be affecting multiple organ systems (poisonings can be difficult to diagnose because you need to carry out a specific test for a specific poison instead of a general test that gives the poison name) or multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer – as your Veterinarian stated). It may be a case of giving Ella symptomatic therapy and to try to rule out a cause depending on her response to the treatment of the symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Anelyn
Pomeranian
2.5 years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Shallow Rapid Breathing

I have a female Pomeranian 2.5 years old. She has almost no air entry to her left lung and has rapid breathing. The air entry in her right lung is quite okay but the vet says there are some crepitus. The vet has given my dog Frusemide injection and also ask me to use nebuliser to help her breathing. I have given oxygen with nebuliser for my dog. As it is a weekend, there is no place I can take an X-ray for my dog. I have put my dog in a self made enclosed incubator with oxygen supply using a nasal prong. Is there anything else I could do? No antibiotics given yet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In situations like these, the important thing is to ensure that Anelyn is comfortable and not in distress. As long as she is rested, not stressed and the breathing difficulty isn’t getting worse, I would just keep her under observation. Obviously if there is any change in her condition, find an Emergency Veterinarian immediately (I am aware this may require a long distance drive). Whilst in the incubator, check the temperature and make sure that she isn’t over eating and that she remains hydrated. Without examining Anelyn myself I am unable to prescribe any medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Question please my good friend told me her dog had trouble breathing she brought her shitzu 11 years old to Petco to be examined & the person told her cancer, can cancer be diagnose from fluid? I told my good friend to see a veterinarian., second option can you give me advise or have an answer please in regards to this. Ps she always gets her dog check on a regular by Petco. When I had dogs but unfortunately passed away I always went to a vet's office. Thank you from [email protected]

I was diagnosed of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in 2012 at the age of 63. I had been a heavy smoker, my symptoms started out with dry cough and shortness of breath, i ended up in the hospital, on a ventilator. I should have known it was coming, but like most smokers, thought it would never happen to me. My COPD got significantly worse and unbearable because of my difficulty catching breath. Last year, i started on a natural COPD Herbal therapy from NewLife Herbal Clinic, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I breath very much better now, no case of shortness of breath or chest tightness since treatment. Visit NewLife Herbal Clinic website ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com. This COPD treatment is a miracle!!

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Kahn
American Bulldog
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Shallow Rapid Breathing
Depression
Lethargy

Took my dog to vet today aswe noticed he had labored shallow breathing. They took x-rays that showed fluid around his chest cavity. They are giving him an injection to drain excess fluid..Vet said mist likely cancer or fungle infection in lungs. We live in Florida and has been really rainy lately. Other wellness checkups have shown nothing wrong with his lungs. His blood work came back normal. I am confused. He is currently in vets office waiting for fluid to drain so they can do another x-ray. How can cancer be diagnosed with out biopsy?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Usually tumours in the lung are identified by x-ray; the fluid accumulation may make the lesions defuse and margins may not be visible. Once the fluid is drained, either repeat the x-rays of the thorax or the other options are ultrasound or endoscopy. X-ray or other radiological procedures (CT, MRI etc…) can identify tumours; the only real definitive diagnosis is from either a biopsy or from a sample of the tumour after surgical excision. There are some tests used in Human Medicine, but are not common in Veterinary Medicine. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Crystal. .have you called a vet that does house calls? Since it only seems to happen at home.

My 6 year old female English bulldog had her x-ray 2 weeks ago and was given 2 antibiotics. The vet said we have to come back for another x-ray to check if that cloudy spot disappear from the medicine, if not most likely it's a tumor. I am scared and worried at the same time because I don't have that kind of money to spare but don't want my Bella to die either.

Will someone tell me how this affect my dog's health?

Anyone of your ever get answers ? My 8 year old chawawa four years ago had a server skin problem I found the ideal online to check for thriod diease. The medicine work well for about on year. She began to cough at night only we were told she has a small whole in her heart. Coughing has became constantly day and night she is one the medicine that the last person mentioned. When she first got on the medicine it did work .Here we are one year later that medicine doesn't seem to help at all .I do have old carpet in my bedroom also smoker just smoked in my bedroom so her dr .thought that maybe the problem. We quit smoking around her and it hasn't helped .she has now some lump bumps not like the other skin issues the vet said it'd a skin virus he combed the lumps off and gave me a spray I'm guessing antibodie spray .he said if that didn't work or if they came back to repeat remove and spray if that doesn't work return for oral antibodie. So they came back and she is also on coachieving syrup it helps a lot it's expensive. I can tell it'd not gonna help.her very long when she taken so.long..I took her to a differnet vet second opinion they didn't know they said it could be something in my home .she couldn't breathe two days ago it was reallt bad .I'm worried and dont know what to do. I'm now wondering If it all comes back to her tyroiod diease she hasn't been check in a year to see if her dosage is good .idk what more to do it'd strange because when I get her to the vet there's no couching she sounds and acts good. I have left her out of my house and that didn't help just when taking her to the vet she magical gets better ..I know she's suffering but then I see her smytom go away something is going on her vet can't figure out what's wrong it's upsetting .please help !

Mmcm1961 - I also have a dachshund who was diagnosed with congestive heart failure the other week. I was told 6mo-1yr. He is on the same meds yours is. I'm completely devastated. I'm curious what prognosis you received from your vet in the beginning & then he has lived for 10 years?? I am praying that could happen to us!

Harley is 16 years old and counting...he is on the drugs vetmedin ... Benazepril, and Lasix. He was diagnosed in 2006 with congestive heart failure. We cannot get him to eat anything but sandwich meat. We buy the lowest sodium and fat content...i boil it...he had his teeth well looked after but yet they posed a problem for him. His breathing just sound different on occasion. When raspy i move him around and do massage and tap around the lung area to free up unwanted mucus...he does cough it up...then does very well. Continous treatment as such and lots of personal care has kept him alive. However, we find him stubborn and cranky if we try to help him up the stairs or onto his bed. He is doing well for a dog his age at 16 years/5 months part dachshund/king Charles spaniel.

What was Kahn's final diagnosis? Took Violet ( great pyrenese /anatolian) to vet with similar symptons. Blood work is a good. Did xray...lots of fluid around lungs, removed 1.5 liters, did ultra sound and no abnormalities. Transferring her to internal medicine tomorrow (why not tonight?). Hoping your dog is dully recovered.

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I was diagnosed of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in 2012 at the age of 63. I had been a heavy smoker, my symptoms started out with dry cough and shortness of breath, i ended up in the hospital, on a ventilator. I should have known it was coming, but like most smokers, thought it would never happen to me. My COPD got significantly worse and unbearable because of my difficulty catching breath. Last year, i started on a natural COPD Herbal therapy from NewLife Herbal Clinic, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I breath very much better now, no case of shortness of breath or chest tightness since treatment. Visit NewLife Herbal Clinic website ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com. This COPD treatment is a miracle!!

Hey I was just wanting to know do anybody else that has had a chihuahua has experience fluid in the lungs

Crystal, has she been checked for kennel cough?

I have a healthy Rottweiler that is 11 years old. The last few days she has been hacking and just clear liquids foamy kind of like a spit up when we have to cough and spit it out that's what she's doing she's eating and drinking and moving around fine but the minute she gets up she's got to hack whatever is out. I'm not sure what it could be and of course it's going to be 3 days before the vet will open due to the holidays. I got her on pumpkin and some other stuff but I'm worried because for the last month or so I've been saying she's getting old it's time to put her down. There are times that she will go to the bathroom in the house very rare but has. sometimes her back legs will give out on her but she gets right back up and moves around granted she's not too and runs all over the place but she still has some energy when I hear her sleep alongside of me she sounds fine this once she gets up and that she throws up or coughs up sometimes it sounds pretty bad like she can't catch her air what do you think it might be

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gigi
Dog
12 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Fluid In Abdomen
my dog has mytral valve problems,on lasix and vetmedin for 1 1/2 yrs now.she occassionally needs to be given extra water pills because fluid builds up. she coughs when excited and ocassionally when she resting. her breathinbg rates seem ok,30-40 resting and 15-25 sleeping. i give her coq10,carnitine,arginine,hawthorn and fish oil also.