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Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog
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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
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Shih tzu 12 male. Trouble breathing, lethargic, coughs and

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shih tzu 12 male. Trouble breathing, lethargic, coughs and gets strangled. Started 2 days ago but worse now. Really fast and difficult breathing. It's wearing him out. Bought new dog treats around same time. Just wondering if that could be it
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Snickers
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?
Customer: Never had any problem like this before. Snores but that's it
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 11 months ago.

Hi this is Dr. Hill. It sounds like your dog is having significant difficulty breathing and should be taken to an emergency clinic today for evaluation. He could have congestive heart failure or a respiratory infection. If he is struggling to breath, then he needs to be helped as soon as possible.