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We just got a french bulldog puppy and he has these weezing and coughing spells every hour or so

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the dog's name?

Phlem

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Phlem?

11 wweeks on the 5th

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: jadedangel57, owner replied 8 months ago
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Hi JaCustomer,

Welcome to Just Answer. My name is Jane. I have been involved professionally with dogs in the healthcare and behavioral fields for over 20 years. I’ve worked as a Vet Assistant and Behaviorist and have extensive experience in dog reproduction, as a breeder, for even longer than that.. Canine behavioral issues and training are also my specialties. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

Bulldogs do have a history of breathing difficulties as they are a brachycephalic breed and are prone to brachycephalic syndrome. Symptoms include snorting, gagging, coughing, overheating, and even some gastrointestinal issues due to gulping air. You can read about this here:

http://www.upei.ca/cidd/Diseases/respiratory%20disorders/brachycephalic%20syndrome.htm

Worms can cause gagging as they will thrash around in the stomach at meal time and lead to coughing and loose stools. The stress of these episodes might also trigger some loose stools as well. The breed can develop pneumonia from food particles and water going down the wrong way as well.

If your dog is severely affected, you might want to consider surgery. You can read about that here:

http://www.vsasurgery.com/surgery/soft-tissue/brachycephalic.htm

He might have a allergy condition as well creating some swelling in the throat and possible loose stools but you would likely need expensive allergy testing to determine if that was a cause and your dog would still probably have issues with his breathing.

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Hi Again,

I just thought I'd check in to see how things are going for you and your dog. I strive to provide the best answer possible. Did you find my answer helpful?.

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