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Anyone know about Lung disease

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by rona, Oct 9, 2013.


  1. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    Bingley, my cocker spaniel, used to cough a lot. They thought it was a problem with his lungs. Don't know if that helps? He didn't cough while excercising, more trundling round the house. Benelin soothed it.

    He did have a heart mum ur, but it wasn't severe. He lived 15 months like that, and died of something else.
     
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    Alfie hasn't got a cough. Well not yet anyway!
     
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    As whats now called COPD which used to be known as emphysema exisits in humans I wondered if it can exist in dogs it appears that it can.

    Have a look and see what you think, although coughing seems to be a factor or at some stage, and don't know if Alf Coughs.

    Mind you a neighbour has COPD and so did OHs aunt and I cant remember them coughing persistently or in particular.

    COPD in dogs (chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) | VCA Animal Hospitals
     
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    Just had a whizz through your heart failure thread that I missed before.

    Has the vet recently checked his red blood cell count? I noticed you said he had pale gums, which can mean anemia, as the red blood cells carry oxygen around the body, that can cause breathing problems, and you usually get an increase respiratory rate and changes in breathing as well as tiredness and reduction in exercise tolerance.

    I know he seems more OK and still swims well, but as swimming is lower impact and the water does a lot of the work, it may explain why he can do more and for longer in water without so much tiredness and exhertion then he can on dry land walking etc.

    Just a thought, but it may be worth checking what his current RBC count is perhaps.

    Don't know? Just an idea to perhaps. If he is anemic then it would explain the pale gums and tiredness and maybe the breathing.
     
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    Thanks. It doesn't sound like that at .
    I think it's more like asthma and it's quite congestive
     
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    Surely he would have pale gums and tongue all the time with that?

    This is momentary loss of colour usually lasting no more than an hour and much less than that as a rule
     
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    Yes they would be constantly pale Rona, sorry I misread your thread thinking that they had suddenly become pale all the time.
     
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    I'm not too good at making myself clear :eek: Hence the reason I wrote everything down to mention to the vet :eek: :D
     
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    So sorry your dog is sick. Don't suppose it could be anything like lungworm? Its been a good year for slugs and snails etc.
     
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    To be honest, I initially did think it could have been that, but it's been slowly building for sometime now and he had tests in March.

    It's just a progressive lung issue. I just need a bit of advice on the best way to manage it really.
    Vets are ok for medical stuff, but they rarely have to deal with the day to day care
     
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    It's not pleurisy is it?

    My little Fidget suffered from it in old age. I think she was given a course of ABs.
     
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    I have a feeling it may be heading that way
     
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    If I remember correctly Fidget had pleurisy twice aged about 14.1/2. I also remember my old vet (now retired) saying that if it re-occurred again then it might be kinder.....!!

    It didn't re-occur and she lived to almost 16 yrs old..:)
     
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    Did she have breathing issues at other times?
     
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    I'm afraid I don't I just wanted to give my sympathies to your worry and hope that Alfie is on the mend soon
     
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    We had a dreadful night. Whatever it is seems to be progressing fast. Think I'm going to take him for the chest x ray :(
     
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    aspergillosis?
     
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    So sorry to hear that Rona, Hope you find out whats causing it and he will be OK.
     
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    No not really, although having said that she did 'wheeze' a bit at times.

    I always tried to keep her warm and dry, especially in the winter months, and she wore a waterproof coat when out for a walk.
     
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