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Old 08-20-2009, 06:30 PM
 
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Hello, I'm wondering if anyone knows anything about this issue I'm having with my dog. Wednesday she started having trouble breathing, was doing a huffing, forced rapid breathing. She wasn't eating, or drinking. I took her to the vet who thought it could be part of kennel cough she had 2 months ago coming back. She gave her a shot of antibiotics, and cough syrup, and told me to bring her in today if it's still going on. Today it seems a bit worse she is lethargic, still heavy breathing, not eating, but drinking water. She's going to the bathroom fine. Vet took x-rays and did blood work. The x-rays show that her lungs are all white instead of black. Said that she has a little bit of an enlarged heart, but doesn't think that has anything to do with it. She is waiting on blood work to determine what to do next. There is no fluid that she can hear in the lungs. The dog is a dachshund chihuahua mix. Does anyone know anything about this or have seen this before that could tell me some more info?
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Manhattan, Ks
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I'm not looking at the x-rays, so please take what I say with a grain of salt. Still, the description of the lungs being all white makes me very nervous that she's got fluid on her lungs. Can you take her for a second opinion?
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:37 PM
 
Location: east of my daughter-north of my son
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That would be my opinion too. Just doesn't sound right to me. See if you can get into another vet for a second opinion.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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How old is the dog?
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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It sounds like heartworm.
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:56 PM
 
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A simple snap test would detect heartworm in about 8 minutes. They should do that.

I would be worried that your vet has not taken more action. The vets that I worked with would have done an in-house blood panel that would be ready in 20 minutes and sent you to the EC to a specialist if they couldn't figure out what was up.
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Old 08-21-2009, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Manhattan, Ks
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Having slept on it, I wonder if your vet is thinking pneumomia. That would also give the lungs a white appearance but with a different pattern than fluid. Do they expect the bloodwork back today?
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Old 08-21-2009, 06:46 AM
 
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Many things give the lungs opacities. Pneumonia, tumor, congestive heart failure, just to name a few. In congestive heart failure, the X-ray may also reveal an enlarged heart silhouette, as well.

Bringing her back to the vet is in order. If she's given furosemide (lasix) and feels better, that's your answer: congestive heart failure.
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:53 AM
 
Location: California
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I have nothing to add to what has already been posted. Please, keep us updated....I'm very curious as to the diagnosis.
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:48 PM
 
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Got the blood work back today, there was nothing abnormal except for high creatine levels. The vet asked me if she had any muscle trama. She is a stray I rescued from the shelter memorial day weekend. She hasn't had any since I got her. They estimate she is about 2 years old. Heart worm negative. She thought it was pneumonia but says there are no other symptoms besides the hazy white lungs. They did oxygen and cardio testing today and that came back fine. They are stumped, and told me to continue with antibiotics. She is doing a bit better today, she's still breathing fast, but not has hard and forced. Also she ate a few pieces of meat and is drinking water on her own. They want me to check in everyday to make sure she's still getting better. Also gave me a printout of everything and cd of x-rays encase of emergency and I need to go to another vet. I think I will take the advice here and seek a second opinion with this info.
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