Pneumonia, also known as pneumonia, is an inflammation of the lung tissue that starts from the bronchi or bronchioli and then extends over the entire lungs.
Pneumonia is triggered by viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, toxins, irritating gases or foreign bodies. Furthermore, circulatory disorders (embolism) and perspiration disorders (problems with the release of water through the skin) can also be the cause of pneumonia. With the former, you should see a veterinarian immediately, as an untreated embolism causes death! Pneumonia can also appear as part of a systemic disease or as a secondary disease of bronchitis.
The focus is on a moderate to high fever, a disturbed general condition, apathy, poor performance, fatigue and, above all, cough. Later on, the mucous membranes turn blue and the right heart is overloaded. Do not be fooled. Even if coughing and lung noises are missing at the beginning and your dog only looks a little exhausted, you should still consult a veterinarian. The initially dry, rough and visibly painful cough quickly comes into play. Over time, the cough becomes wetter and wet rattling noises can be heard through the lungs.
Especially if the underlying disease is of a viral origin, the prognosis is doubtful to poor. In such cases, the underlying disease is difficult to treat, but it can heal spontaneously.
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