Pneumonia in dogs: causes, symptoms and treatment

Pneumonia in dogs is an inflammation of the lungs that is very similar to bronchitis. In our study, we see the symptoms it causes and the possible treatments.
As in humans, pneumonia in dogs is a disease that attacks the lungs: the most susceptible dogs are toddlers, the elderly, and people whose immune systems are more vulnerable. What are the causes of this disease? They are found in bacteria, fungi or parasites: our pet can contract the disease even through a small contact with one of these agents. Among bacteria carrying pneumonia in dogs, we recall streptococcus and Bordetella: the bacterial origin is usually the most common, in fact cases of parasitic or sporogenetic attack are rare.

Pneumonia in dogs: symptoms
The symptoms of pneumonia in dogs are virtually identical to those affecting humans, in particular:

– cough
– high fever
– difficulty breathing
– zero appetite
– weightloss
– feeling of general tiredness
– dehydration

If left untreated, the disease could have far more serious consequences. Sometimes, the dog may lie on his stomach to breathe better, but his behavior is normal. It is advisable not to subject the dog to a major constraint that could aggravate the clinical picture. At the first sign of symptoms, it is good to go immediately to the vet, who will tell you what to do and how to proceed with the recommended treatment. Blood and urine tests may be necessary.

Pneumonia in dogs: care

Once the disease is diagnosed, the first tip your vet will give you first is to hydrate the dog throughout the day, even during an IV. Remember to remove your dog’s collar so he can breathe better. It is then necessary to administer antibiotics or anti-inflammatories.

Note: To avoid pneumonia problems in dogs, it would be good to subject them to good prevention by vaccinating them against the most aggressive bacteria.