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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...

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

Veterinarian's Assistant: 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?

Coco is 3 years old

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

She does not have any preexisting conditions. She is a bit over weight & may have swallowed salt water at the beach

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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HI this is DRB and I would be happy to help you with this...

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

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

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 6 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

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

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

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
No diarrhea or vomiting
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
The breathing is short breaths & occasional coughing
Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

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

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
No. She was fine when she got home too. Will not eat or drink
Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 6 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.....

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

are her gums pink?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
they are her normal color
Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

Is she sleeping?

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

Is she sleeping while taking short breaths?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
No not sleeping. She just ate some beef rib meat
Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

How is she breathing now?

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

Hopefully beef rib meat not covered in sauce?

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

can I answer any other questions?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
No sauce, breathing seems to be getting better. Still short breaths
Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 6 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...

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

can I help you nay further tonight?

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 6 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

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 6 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

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