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Dog Pneumonia Symptoms, Causes and Treatment of Respiratory Infections in Dogs

March 18, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Breathing Problems, Dog Coughing, Dog Pneumonia, Dog Respiratory Problems, Dog Sneezing, Dog Symptoms, Respiratory Infections in Dogs

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.

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Is My Dog Sick?

February 17, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Illnesses and Diseases, Dog Symptoms, General Dog Health, Veterinarians and Veterinary Clinics

Lethargy and sleeping are symptom of illness in a dog. Learn how to tell if a dog is sick.

This article will answer questions like, “Is my dog sick?” “How do I check my dog’s gums?” “How can I tell if my dog is sick?” “What’s a dog’s normal temperature?” and “Why is my dog shivering?”

Checking if a dog’s nose is wet or cold will not tell you if your dog is sick. This is actually an old wives tale!

Instead, dog owners should perform a quick, basic physical examination to look for symptoms of a sick dog.

How to Check a Dog’s Vital Signs

Start by checking the dog’s gum color by lifting up the dog’s lips. Normal gum color in dogs ranges from a bubblegum pink to a darker salmon color. Abnormal gums in a dog will appear brick red, pale white, yellow or blue/grey.


Next, take the dog’s temperature rectally. A normal temperature in a dog is between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Abnormal gum color and abnormal body temperature are symptoms of a sick dog.

A sick dog may also show other symptoms of illness, including shivering and trembling, lethargy and excessive sleeping, and refusal to eat and drink.

Should I Take My Dog to the Vet?

If a dog has abnormal gum color and the dog has a fever or abnormal body temperature, combined with other symptoms like a dog who is not eating, it’s time to visit the veterinary clinic!

For more on how to tell if a dog is sick, check out Is My Dog Sick? along with Why is My Pet Shivering and Why Isn’t My Dog Eating?


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