Dog Pneumonia is a disease that refers to the inflammation of the pulmonary tissue, and there are many ways that it presents itself, but the most common manifestation inis “Catarrhal Pneumonia”. The main causes are colds, strong currents, prolonged stays on cold or humid benches. Pneumonia is usually preceded by bronchitis. The animal’s temperature can go up to 40°C, 41°C or more in extreme attacks. Breathing is painful, difficult and the lips are bulging outwards. Coughing is frequent, painful and, in the final stages, they can be produced by such severe paroxysms that the animal becomes exhausted rapidly. In the first stage, coughing can provoke copious secretions and then expel large quantities of mucus. The course of the disease is uncertain as sometimes it leads to death in a few days, or it can last lots of weeks, passing by a state known as “chronic interstitial pneumonia”. It is a low inflammatory change that affects part of the pulmonary tissue.
The causes that are attributed to this state are the invasion of larva, parasites or equinococcus cysts. The animal goes through a state of discouragement, inability to make prolonged physical effort, short painful costs, and that can be mistaken for asthma. Additionally, the dog is weak and his fur loses quality. It is important to consult a vet.