Tue, Jan 9, 2024

chiko wheezes a lot. he coughs a lot like he’s trying to cough out a liquid/mucus, this have gotten more aggressive lately. he’s his breathing had become more shallow. also if you get close to his nose, when he breathes it sounds like he’s gargling. his breathes sound crispy if that makes sense.

we moved out to a ranch a year and a half ago. there is a lake that he swims in during the summer. i didn't notice these symptoms until he started swimming. i though he might’ve just inhaled some water or something but it didn’t go away and it gets worse and more aggressive.

as of know it when he does cough and wheeze it looks to be uncomfortable for him. he has a look of saddness in his eyes.

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Wheezing, coughing as if to expel mucus, shallow breathing, and a gurgling sound when breathing, are indicative of respiratory distress or a respiratory condition. There are several potential causes for these symptoms.

Firstly, considering Chiko's age and the onset of symptoms after swimming, one possibility is aspiration pneumonia. This can occur if a dog inhales water while swimming, leading to inflammation and infection in the lungs. The symptoms you've noted, like coughing and wheezing, are consistent with this condition.

Another potential cause could be a chronic condition such as canine chronic bronchitis or a collapsing trachea, both of which can cause coughing and wheezing and may worsen over time. Heart disease is also a concern in older dogs and can lead to coughing and difficulty breathing due to fluid accumulation in or around the lungs.

Avoid smoking or using strong chemicals around him. Keep him well-hydrated and encourage him to rest. It's also important to keep Chiko's living area clean to minimize the inhalation of dust or other potential irritants. If the air in your home is dry, a humidifier might help make breathing easier for him.

Pay attention to Chiko's posture when he coughs or wheezes. Dogs with respiratory distress may extend their neck and head forward or stand with their elbows turned out. They may also have difficulty finding a comfortable position to sleep.

If Chiko's symptoms worsen, if he has difficulty breathing (you may notice his abdomen moving a lot as he breathes), if his gums or tongue turn blue or gray, if he becomes lethargic, refuses to eat, or if he seems to be in distress, these are all signs that he needs immediate veterinary attention.

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