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Our dog came back from the kennel after a 4 day stay and is…

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Our dog came back...

Our dog came back from the kennel after a 4 day stay and is having trouble breathing..keeps trying to throw up but can't. Very rough sounding each breath.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?

No.. just dog food as far as I know. He had his shots for the kennel the day before he went into the kennel.

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name?

Tucker

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Tucker?

Old and fat.. has been having breathing problems for a while. But this is different.

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

I am sorry to learn Tucker is not feeling well. I will do my best to help you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How old is Tucker?

2- Is he lethargic?

3- Any pre existing medical conditions?

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

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
12 years old. He is lethargic due to his breathing but always ready to go out side just the same. No. His gums are very pink.. look a little inflamed around the teeth.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

How much does he weigh?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
I know he needs to see a vet.. THough you could prescribe drugs here. Will just take him tomorrow.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

Friend, the symptoms that you are describing are consistent with an upper respiratory infection. The hacking you are seeing is secondary to inflammation in the upper airway. It is also important to rule out an underlying heart and lung disease.

In this case, I would have him checked tonight by ER veterinarian if he is having difficulty breathing. Again, important to rule out heart disease as it could be fatal. If you do not have access to ER vet you can start him on Robitussin DM (cough) 1/2 teaspoon every 6-8 hours. You can buy Robitussin DM over the counter in any pharmacy. Do not buy sugar free.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service. If you have any follow-up questions don't hesitate to ask. If finished, please take a moment to rate my service. See you again soon!

Dr. Peter

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