He has not seen vet yet. Gums appear normal. He has yeast spots often (miconizole) and has been on Rymadil for arthritis. He has been coughing - or similar to clearing the throat of phlem. Drinking yes and does eat but not nearly as much or as often. I may have to take to vet on Sunday - emergency visit.
Thank you for the additional information.When we hear a senior dog has an enlarged abdomen and trouble breathing we worry that there may be fluid building in the abdomen which is called ascites. Fluid in the chest is called Plureal Effusion. Both of these problems can be caused by heart failure ( coughing is also a symptom) problems with the liver or kidneys or cancer in the abdomen and or chest.In some cases this can be blood building due to a mass however when due to blood in most cases we would see pale gums. Click on the links below for additional information.AscitesPleural EffusionConsidering his age and the fact that he is having trouble breathing I would suggest getting him in to the ER tonight and not waiting until morning. This can become critical very quickly and the more the fluid builds the more difficult it is for the lungs to expand and they can eventually become unable to breath. If you do not know where a 24 hour emergency hospital is in your area please give me your zip code and I will be happy to locate one for you.I hope he does ok. Please reply back if you have additional questions or need assistance in locating an ER and I will be happy to continue.Candy
My zip is 30650. Let me know where emergency vet is available at night please. I know that my bulldog is old for his breed and therefore somewhat expect bad news.