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Wheezing dog
Jotel posted:
My 12 year old dog (mix of German Shepherd and Lab) has recently started having wheezing episodes. It's not a cough but seems like an episode where she is trying to catch her breath and she is having an asthma attack. This usually last for just a few seconds and I notice it primarily when she gets up after she's been laying down. I haven't been able to narrow my search down to anything at this point. I was concerned that she might have heartworms but the symptoms for that seem to include a cough. She doesn't cough. Early in the spring we noticed she seemed to be loosing weight and I took a stool sample to the vet and they did find worms which she was treated for. Our vet has now retired so I am trying to do as much research as possible. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Jotel responded:
So to continue from three weeks ago; this dog started having seizures 5 days ago. Over the course of two days, we observed severe three seizures that lasted 3 to 5 minutes. It took several hours for the dog to recover. On day three the dog began having mini seizures non stop. Her eyes would start blinking and then she would begin to go limp. She would immediately catch herself and start pacing. When she would stop moving, the blinking eyes would start and she would start to go limp and fall. A visit to the vet was made and at this point they are running blood work and testing for distemper. On top of it all, her walk has changed and now she had broken off nails on each of her hind paws. The bleeding has caused us to have to arrange a secluded place in our garage. The wheezing hasn't occurred since she had the seizures. She is still drinking water and will still eat. Since spring she has dropped from 80 pounds to 64 pounds. At the vet, her temp was normal and they said that they have never seen anything like this. Any suggestions, Please help. I'm wondering if she could have pneumonia???


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