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I just came online and saw your question. I am so sorry to hear Maggie is having trouble breathing.Albuterol is not likely to help if she has fluid in her lungs. It helps with asthma, but will not help get fluid out of her lungs. If you can administer home oxygen, that will probably be more helpful than albuterol.Is she getting medication such as Lasix or Spironolactone, to try to reduce fluid in her lungs?If there is fluid in her lungs, and her oxygen is low, she may feel like she is drowning.Is she eating? If she is suffering, she may stop eating.Please let me know what other questions I can answer, and if this is helpful.
If she is eating, then I would not be ready to end her suffering. If she stops eating, she is suffering, and would be a sign to consider euthanasia. If her gums are purple, if she has to pant or open her mouth just to breathe, she is suffering.What is the medicine she takes?
Why does she take prednisone? That can do the opposite of a diuretic and cause fluid buildup (if it is a high dose or given over a long time). How much does she weigh?
If she has autoimmune or inflammatory lung disease, that make sense. Do you have a diagnosis? What actual lung disease she has?If her tongue is purple, she is not getting enough oxygen and home oxygen therapy might help.
2.5 mg once daily is not likely to cause fluid in her lungs, but you might ask about reducing it to every other day.
If she has an enlarged heart, she may have fluids in her lung from "CHF", congestive heart failure. Drugs like pimobendan, spironolactone, and enalapril could be helpful.
Sadly, if she passes from fluid in her lungs/CHF, she would literally drown to death. It might not be peaceful.
It might help to add pimobendan (Vetmedin) and also spironolactone.
12.5 mg is a high dose for a dog her size. I might consider gradually reducing that dose.
I am here for all your questions, but since I can't see and examine her, it is illegal for me to prescribe. I have to have a patient/client relationship with you and with her to prescribe which means seeing and examining her within the last year or less.
Thanks for the great rating. I know you will do what is best for her.