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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My mastiff acts like she has a cold or allergies. She has

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My bull mastiff acts like she has a cold or allergies. She has gooey eyes and she had a cough. The cough is almost gone she still has gooey eyes, she also will breath heavy. She has been eating and drinking and going to the bathroom normal. Today is the first day she is barely eating, Is there anything I can do at home?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Sam, respiratory infection is more likely than allergy when appetite wanes and because it has and she's breathing heavily, I want Bella's chest to be X-rayed. Most respiratory infections in dogs are self-limiting within 1-3 weeks. When my patient doesn't progressively improve within the first week, I'm concerned that lower respiratory infection in the form of pneumonia or pleuritis has arisen. This isn't something you can address at home.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

You're welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Ok. I will be taking her to the vet
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Do you suggest an emergency call now or wait until the morning?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Sounds good. I'm pleased to hear that she'll be attended to soon. To determine how urgently that needs to be done, please assess her respiratory rate while she's asleep or at rest. She should be taking less than 30 breaths/minute. Let me know what you find, please.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The heavy breathing just started before I went to work this morning. It's more than 30 but she moved to her side and it looks like she started breathing heavier.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

She's worrying me. The sooner she can be seen the better.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Ok thank you very much
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

You're welcome. Keep me posted, please.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.
Hi Sam,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Bella. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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