Our 14yr old lab/Rottweiler
/pitt/rescue dog (46lb male) has experienced a couple episodes of not being able to get enough air. The worst to date was last night, when seeing another dog on a walk. Excitement, anxiety, alpha posturing... probably all the above. Went into seizure type symptoms: foaming at mouth, airway blockage, loss of bowels, purple tongue, distended abdomen, stiffening of body. This episode went on for 20- 30 minutes. We thought for sure we were losing him as his breath became shorter and shorter, less and less. We relaxed into his transitioning. But Tory, the miraculous wonder dog, pulled through with flying colors yet again. We expect that the extended period of time without sufficient O2 will affect his normal functions. We are going to the vet today to request a chest x-ray and blood work - is that where we should start? It could be many things- laryngeal paralysis
, congestive heart failure, etc. We noticed a major change in his breathing (sound and quality) after a 2 week round of steroids for a skin condition a couple years back. He's not sounded the same since. As of late, I even notice a tonal change in his bark. A growth
perhaps? We know he would rather be home than in a hospital, as we all would, cherishing our oh-so-precious time together.
X-rays and what else would you advise, por favor?