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My shitzu is approximately 10-12 years old. She started

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My shitzu is approximately 10-12 years old. She started having a pretty drastic change in her breathing a few months ago. She has constant quick short breaths now even while sleeping. The vet mentioned it what stage 1 of her trachea collapsing. Is there anything else it could be?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
She had a two tumors removed from her mammary glands last year and now her glands are really swollen on her stomach. Could these be connected?
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 5 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you with your wee one today.

In regards ***** ***** question, we can see breathing changes in dogs for a range of reasons. A collapsing trachea could cause these signs but if we have continuous elevated and short respirations, we'd also have to consider lung issues like bronchitis, low grade (aka "walking") pneumonia, asthma, lungworm, lung tumors, or even fluid build up from heart disease. As well, heart issues can appear this way, so heart disease again but also heartworm (if you are in an endemic area). Finally, we can sometimes see this with severe anaemia (low red blood cell levels) but usually they will have pale gums and be quite lethargic.

With all this in mind and your mention of tumors (which if cancerous do risk spread to the lungs as well as the glands/lymph nodes), I would strongly advise an xray if the vet hasn't done one already. We can only hear changes in the lungs once they are significantly advanced, so an xray will help us check both the heart and the lungs (as well as get a peek at the trachea for any other obstructive issues) to therefore know what is present and if there is something more we need to be addressing for Penny.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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