What happens if pulmonary edema is left untreated?
Without treatment, pulmonary edema or the underlying disease can lead to the dog's death.
Suffocation due to persistent breathing problems can result.
When should you put a dog with fluid in the lungs to rest?
Whether or not to euthanize a dog because of fluid in the lungs is probably the most difficult question an owner can ask. Euthanizing a dog is always a very difficult decision for us humans - only a veterinarian can answer this difficult question. The welfare of the animal should always be the focus and any suffering should be avoided.
It is never easy to make such a decision. A trusted person can be very helpful in this situation.
If your dog's pulmonary edema is already advanced, he may face an agonizing death by suffocation. In such cases, euthanization can be a relief.
Recognize the signs when your dog is getting worse You may have noticed that your dog has less energy and sleeps more over time.
It's often said that impending death shows itself in three stages:
- Refusal of food and water
- Sudden restlessness - allow your dog to pursue it
- Uncontrolled emptying of bladder and bowels, difficulty getting up, possibly accompanied by yelping or barking It's important to watch for your dog's signs and be in constant contact with your veterinarian, especially if you think the end is near.
Recognizing Heart-Related Coughs and Other Symptoms Heart-related coughs often sound dry and forced, possibly intensifying at night or after exercise. It may seem like your dog is trying to clear something out of his throat. This may be accompanied by other signs such as rapid exhaustion, difficulty breathing, or a bluish tinge to the tongue and gums.
Symptoms of shortness of breath
Your dog might breathe faster, possibly with an open mouth and stretched neck. In addition, there could be coughing, restlessness, or blue-gray coloring of the tongue and lips.
Possible diseases that cause breathing problems Besides heart problems, lung disease, asthma or infections can cause shortness of breath. Other reasons may be hypersensitivity, parasites or even obesity.