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Chihuahua: who sounds congested and is breathing hard

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Have a 6 year old Chihuahua who sounds congested and is breathing hard. Activity is normal and eating is normal. Sounds like a cold...is there anything we should give him?
Hi there,

Thank you for your post!

Is there any discharge from the eyes or nose?

Does your dog have a heart murmur?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
No Heart murmur and no discharge that we can see, but his breathing sounds like a stuffy nose
Hi there,

For cases such as this - you can try to administer Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) - the dose will be 1mg for every 1 pound of body weight. For example, a 50 pound dog should receive 50mg of benadryl. You can start and then give a dose every 8 to 12 hours thereafter. Please be certain it is the product consisting of only Diphenhydramine and DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY OTHER INGREDIENTS SUCH AS A DECONGESTANT.

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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
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