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We went to the ocean for the first time today & she was fine

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We went to the ocean for the first time today & she was fine when we got home but now is breathing wired & she won't eat & is laying on couch
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Coco is 3 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Coco?
Customer: She does not have any preexisting conditions. She is a bit over weight & may have swallowed salt water at the beach
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr B replied 11 months ago.

HI this is DRB and I would be happy to help you with this...

Expert:  Dr B replied 11 months ago.

are you saying your dog's breathing is labored or exactly what is the problem?

Expert:  Dr B replied 11 months ago.

If you will leave me your exact questions/ concerns I will be happy to get back to you as I check my computer nightly.

I will tell you that drinking ocean water can lead to osmotic diarrhea and sometimes nausea and vomiting.....if your dog starts to have intractable diarrhea you should see a vet immediately....please let me know how I can help you...DRB

Expert:  Dr B replied 11 months ago.

can I answer any other questions for you or assist you in any way?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No diarrhea or vomiting
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
The breathing is short breaths & occasional coughing
Expert:  Dr B replied 11 months ago.

Was your dog having any of those symptoms before being at ocean today?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No. She was fine when she got home too. Will not eat or drink
Expert:  Dr B replied 11 months ago.

So, I suspect that she swallowed some ocean water which can definitely cause coughing...we also have to consider this could be coincidental and there is something else going on.....

Expert:  Dr B replied 11 months ago.

are her gums pink?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
they are her normal color
Expert:  Dr B replied 11 months ago.

Is she sleeping?

Expert:  Dr B replied 11 months ago.

Is she sleeping while taking short breaths?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No not sleeping. She just ate some beef rib meat
Expert:  Dr B replied 11 months ago.

How is she breathing now?

Expert:  Dr B replied 11 months ago.

Hopefully beef rib meat not covered in sauce?

Expert:  Dr B replied 11 months ago.

can I answer any other questions?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No sauce, breathing seems to be getting better. Still short breaths
Expert:  Dr B replied 11 months ago.

Perfect.....I think she will probably be ok....likely swallowed too much water.....if breathing gets worse instead of better like it is now, go to the ER...

Expert:  Dr B replied 11 months ago.

can I help you nay further tonight?

Expert:  Dr B replied 11 months ago.

This all sounds better...I have to retire for the night as I have early surgery..I suspect she will be fine...but watch her close and let me know if you need anything tomorrow as I check my computer nightly...DRB

Expert:  Dr B replied 11 months ago.

sincerely ***** ***** I have helped you, and that I have earned my 5 star rating today! Please remember to rate my service by selecting the 5 stars at the top of the screen (rating me now does not close your question). We can continue here until you are satisfied, simply use the reply box and let me know.

Please remember my answers do not replace or supersede the advice of your veterinarian as my answers do not create a valid client patient relationship as I am unable to examine your pet. Thank you very much! DrB