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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Problem breathing clearly has story of colasped trachea. Can

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problem breathing clearly has history of colasped trachea. Can breath fine while sitting up but trouble when laying down
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
need answer soon please
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Lying down naturally collapses the lungfields on the side of the chest in contact with the ground. If the lungs are already compromised by infection, heart failure, or neoplasia (cancer), the collapsed lungfields only compromise Taffy's ability to oxygenate her lungs further. Taffy's dyspnea (difficulty breathing) should prompt having her vet carefully auscultate (listen to) Taffy's chest and X-rays of of her chest are needed at your earliest convenience. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.