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Marquesha
Fri, May 31, 2024
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He’s breathing rapidly and heavy like every 1 second. He’s lame, he looks exhausted and his head arms and from hip down he’s trembling. He do also sound congested.


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Dr. Balsama
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Given the history of Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), it's possible that your dog is experiencing pain or discomfort from a flare-up, which can cause stress and manifest in the symptoms you're observing.

Trembling and exhaustion could also be signs of pain or weakness, so it's important to minimize his movement to prevent further injury.

If he's congested, a humidifier in the room may help with breathing, or you can take him into a bathroom with a running hot shower to create a steam room effect for a few minutes to help clear his airways.

Keep him hydrated and encourage him to drink water. If he's not eating well due to his condition, you might need to entice him with soft, palatable foods that are easy to chew and swallow.

In terms of additional symptomatic situations that would warrant immediate veterinary attention, be on the lookout for any of the following: difficulty breathing (beyond the current rapid breathing), blue or pale gums, sudden collapse or inability to move, extreme lethargy where he's not responsive to your voice or touch, or if he stops eating and drinking entirely.

Remember, managing a chronic condition like IVDD requires a combination of rest, appropriate medication, and sometimes physical therapy or surgery, depending on the severity.

And it's always important to take breathing problems seriously. I recommend taking him to the hospital as soon as possible.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.