Excessive panting is a symptom of pneumonia in dogs. Pneumonia symptoms also include sneezing, rapid breathing, refusal to eat and drink and coughing in dogs. (Sue Byford Photo)
My latest article on Suite101 discusses pneumonia in dogs, including the symptoms of pneumonia in a dog, the causes and how to treat pneumonia in dogs.
Pneumonia is a serious and potentially deadly respiratory problem in dogs, cats and other pets. A dog with pneumonia will have a combination of inflammation, infection and fluid in the lungs and bronchi (the tube that leads to the lungs.) Pneumonia symptoms in a dog may include coughing, wheezing and “rattling” breathing, non-stop panting, sneezing, and refusal to eat and drink (among other symptoms, discussed in more detail in the related article.)
Causes and Types of Pneumonia in Dogs – Aspiration Pneumonia, Infection, Fungi, Parasites and Dog Allergies as Causes of Respiratory Problems
This article discusses the different types and causes of pneumonia, which can include:
- Aspiration pneumonia – The dog aspirates, inhaling food or fluid into the lungs, causing a lung infection that develops into aspiration pneumonia.
- Pneumonia due to fungus or parasites – Inhaling fungus or certain types of parasites can cause pneumonia in a dog.
- Dog pneumonia from bacteria, infection and virus – A dog’s pneumonia can be triggered by a virus or it can result from bacteria, that leads to a lung infection. In some cases, a dog’s upper respiratory infection — associated with symptoms like sneezing, coughing, nasal discharge and breathing problems in dogs — may be left untreated. An untreated upper respiratory infection can spread into the lungs, leading to pneumonia.
- Pneumonia from a dog’s allergies – Allergies in dogs can cause pneumonia, particularly forms of pneumonia involving significant lung inflammation and mucus.
Owners will also find out what to expect when diagnosing and treating pneumonia in dogs. Respiratory infections can be very serious and potentially deadly, so it’s important that dog owners are educated on the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of respiratory infections in dogs. Allergies and minor upper respiratory infections (URIs) in dogs are fairly common, with sneezing, wheezing, coughing, and discharge among the more common symptoms. But if a pet owner does not recognize the symptoms or if the owner mistakenly believes that the problem will resolve on its own, the dog may develop pneumonia, which can ultimately lead to hospitalization and even death.
To learn more about dog pneumonia symptoms, causes, diagnosis methods and how to treat a dog with pneumonia, read Mia Carter’s article titled, Dog Pneumonia Symptoms, Causes and Treatment: Canine Respiratory Infections Caused by Aspiration, Virus, Parasites.