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My 14 year old shih Tzu is breathing out hard

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My 14 year old shih Tzu is breathing out hard
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Any coughing?

2- Any pre existing medical conditions?

3- Is she lethargic?

4- Any other symptoms?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
some coughing with movement. Not lethargic but sleeping more. Sounds mildly congested when I listen closely. Has Hx of lots of allergies.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Sorry for the delay in response. Had some technical problems at this end.

1- Is she eating and drinking?

2- Can you take a look at her gums and see if they are pink or pale?

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Friend, I am not able to make a live call at this moment. But, I will be glad to continue on this thread. Can you tell me if she is eating and drinking? In addition, can you look at her gums and see if they are pink or pale?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
His gums are pink. Hes drinking water but no eating since Sunday.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Please give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Friend, the symptoms that you describe in Sampson of breathing harder can be caused by many different medical conditions. The fact that you are hearing congestion I would really be concern that he may be building fluid in the lungs secondary to heart/lung disease. You see, when the heart is not functioning appropriately as a pump it will allow the accumulation of fluid within the lungs. When this happens the patient will cough, breath harder, etc. Could there be other causes? Yes, other possible causes are: Infections, tumors or even part of a systemic disease.

Unfortunately in this case we are very limited as to what you can do at home. I would strongly recommend having Sampson checked today by a veterinarian to listen to his heart and lungs; very important to make sure he is not having heart problems as this could be fatal if he goes untreated. He may need some testing as well like xrays and blood work. Treatment for Sampson will be based on exam and test results. If cost is a concern look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.

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Dr. Peter