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My mother's dog Gus-Gus just today started shaking when he…

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My mother's dog Gus-Gus...

My mother's dog Gus-Gus just today started shaking when he breathes in and she said that its been going on for about a week

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. How old is Gus-Gus?

He is 4yrs old

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

He is a bit over weight for his breed, he's a basset hound and weighs 88lbs

Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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Inspiratory dyspnea (difficulty breathing) is generally caused by upper-airway obstruction - obstruction above the level of the larynx (voice box). Unless there are obvious symptoms of upper respiratory infection - sneezing, coughing, nasal discharge, conjunctivitis, e.g. - Gus-Gus's vet will need to directly visualize Gus-Gus's oropharynx (back of his throat) looking for anatomical causes of obstruction - an abscess, a polyp, a tumor, e.g. Shaking generally indicates that pain is associated with his dyspnea.

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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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