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Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
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I have a 10 yr old Bernese Swiss Mountain Dog. He is now wheezing

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I have a 10 yr old Bernese Swiss Mountain Dog. He is now wheezing heavily like a person would do with an asthma attack????
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
I am sorry to hear you are worried about Brutus. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.
Does he have his mouth open to breathe?
If you look at his gums, are they pink in color or do they look pale?
Does he make the most wheezing noise when he is inhaling, or exhaling?
Since I can't see and examine him, this is an Info Request, to help me answer your question. "Wheezing" can be anything from an allergic reaction, to heart disease, to fluid in his lungs. More information will help me to help you.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Mouth is open. Exhaling. Gums are light pink
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
It worries me very much if he has to open his mouth to breathe.
Light pink gums are better than blue or purple, but they should be bright, "bubble gum" pink.
I am worried about things like asthma, fluid in his lungs, or heart disease. SInce he is older, I am worried this could be serious.
Is he eating and drinking, or just wheezing and trying to breathe? If he will eat and drink, that is a good sign.
I wish I could just fell his pulses, and put my stethoscope on his chest! That would tell me so much.
Without a doubt, the best thing would be to have him see a vet as soon as possible to be evaluated and see if he needs emergency care and medication. Can you take him to a veterinarian tonight? Any time I hear a dog has open mouth breathing, I am concerned it could be an emergency.
Let me know what else I can help with or answer.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He's not drinking. He just went off to lay down in his favorite spot iutside
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Does he seem better, breathing with his mouth closed?
If he is still breathing with his mouth open, he needs to see a veterinarian. Can you get him examined tonight, or will you have to wait until the morning?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Tongue is purple in color. Still breathing heavy, wheezing subsided
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Purple is not good; he is not getting enough oxygen.
Good the wheezing is subsided.
If this were my own dog, I would be on the way to an emergency clinic, to have an exam, listen to heart and lungs, get a chest Xray and get an oxygen mask on him.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Trying to find an emergency clinic now. Thank you
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
You are welcome. Let me know how he is doing.