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    fluid In and around lungs

    Post  runemwithdogs on Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:56 am

    I have one of my good females running walkers inside now and is very sick. Vet says her lungs have fluid in and around them. Shes on meds but they were unsure of what could be causing the fluid. Has anyone ever seen this in dogs and if so what caused it. Broncidus? Pnumonia? Kennnel caugh...or worse? Pretty nervous. Keeping her under close eye and hoping for a recovery. Shes only 2 and half.

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    Re: fluid In and around lungs

    Post  HOLLABACK on Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:17 am

    Pulmonary Edema in Dogs

    Pulmonary edema is identified as the buildup of fluid in the lungs. It is often associated with pneumonia, although there are many other possible causes. Normal lungs have fluid that is moved from the lungs into the internal space of the body, an on-going process for normal healthy function. Any added pressure in the dog's lungs can damage this mechanism, which leads to fluid buildup in the lungs.

    If this excess fluid is not removed, edema forms. Damage can occur if this condition is left untreated, but when treated appropriately, the outcome is positive.

    Symptoms and Types

    Some of the most common symptoms of pulmonary edema are:

    •Dry cough
    •Crackling noises during breathing (rales)
    •Difficulty breathing (dyspnea)
    •Abnormally fast breathing (tachypnea)
    •Open-mouth breathing

    Pulmonary edema affects both the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.


    Some of the most common causes for pulmonary edema are:

    •Too little protein in the blood (hypoproteinemia)
    •Toxins (e.g., smoke and snake venom)
    •An obstruction of the animal's airway
    •Almost drowning (where a high amount of fluid enters the lungs)


    Upon examination, the following conditions will need to be ruled out for proper treatment:

    •Upper airway obstruction
    •Heartworm disease
    •Heart disease

    Typically a blood test will be performed to look for abnormalities, as well as an X-ray to view potential signs of pneumonia.

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