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My 3 yo. lab mix may have been attacked by a wild boar. We're

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My 3 yo. lab mix may have been attacked by a wild boar. We're not sure. He has a 3 inch deep puncture in his upper chest. Rushed him to a local vet. Had X-rays & they said no vitals were hit. He spent the night at the vet and seemed better so we brought him home. He has VERY labored breathing that sounds almost like he's hyperventilating. His color is better and the vet says his oxygen count is back up after the initial trauma but I am worried about this quick breathing.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  helperDVM replied 2 years ago.
Poor Thunder!! Find an emergency clinic ASAP. While he was likely ok earlier sometimes pulmonary contusions (bruising to the lungs) can take 24-48hrs to start to cause trouble. He could be bleeding into his lungs.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Would the X-rays show bleeding in the lungs?

What is the treatment for that?

Expert:  helperDVM replied 2 years ago.
Pulmonary contusions often do not show up on X-ray until 24-48 hours after the initial trauma unfortunately. The treatment is IV fluids to help with blood loss, sedation to keep the pet breathing calmly and oxygen therapy if needed.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thank you very much!

Expert:  helperDVM replied 2 years ago.
No problem!! Good luck! :)
Expert:  helperDVM replied 2 years ago.
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