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Her breathing is not normal she's not registered with a vet

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Her breathing is not normal she's not registered with a vet and I'm worried she's not mine but I have to do something
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: Sorry just in a panic she's a dog
JA: Does this strange breathing happen all the time or only sometimes? Does the dog have a cough as well?
Customer: It's constant she doesn't seem in pain just ill
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Bubble but not sure of her age at a guess around 6/7
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: I honestly don't know as she's not mine my ex partner owns her she obtained the dog privately
Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.
Hopefully I can help today.
How exactly is she breathing; is it fast, shallow or noisy?
When did this begin?
Any other signs such as a cough, lethargy, pale gums or a reduced appetite?
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Fast and noticeable breathing
Began last night with shivering shivers went. She then carried on fast breathing and now seems to be struggling with her rear end whilst walking
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
She's usually healthy but has been off food and water since last night. Does seem lethargic
prior to yesterday she was completely normal?
Any chance she has eaten something she shouldn't e.g. a plant, anti freeze or human medicine?
And other than shivering and fast breathing everything else is normal?
Ah ok, thank you, ***** ***** her food and lethargic. But no vomiting or coughing?
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Food left out for the hedgehog. Slugs were in it
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
No coughing or vomiting she is drooling though which she doesn't do
Do you know if she is up to date with her lungworm prevention?
Had anyone in the household put stuff bait down?
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
No bait not up to date on the lungworm eithet
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
No slugbait but plenty of slugs arounf
Ok, thank you. Just a few minutes as I type my full reply.
Customer: replied 11 days ago.

Any fast breathing like this is a real concern, especially if it has started suddenly.

It is hard to say why this is happening without examining her but potential causes from what you have said would include:

  • Lung worm infection
  • Slug bait toxicity (the slugs may have been contaminated)
  • Lung or heart disease
  • Pneumonia
  • and other things

Regardless of the cause, she needs to be brought to a vet ASAP.

Though she is not registered and despite Coronavirus, any vet would be able to see her, you just need to ring ahead and give your details.

I would not feel comfortable offering advice for home treatment as she may need oxygen therapy and medication such as antibiotics.

The sooner she is seen the better.

The vet will examine her and may also take a chest xray.

Dr L Simmon and other Dog Specialists are ready to help you

I hope this is all ok?

How is Bubble getting on now?