You might think that only a Pug or a Bulldog with a pushed-in snout is prone to breathing difficulties, but that is not necessarily the case all the time. Dogs of any breed, mix or age, even your Cane Corso, can have breathing problems. This issue is also called dyspnea. It is undeniable that one of the most frightening things you can witness is seeing your dog struggle and fight for his breath. Below are some of the ways to manage and treat breathing difficulties in dogs.
How to Treat Breathing Difficulties in Dogs
1. Check first for signs and symptoms
So, how do you really know if your Cane Corso is struggling to breathe? You will know it when he stands really weird with his tail down, and his head is up snorting really noisily and labored. Take note where and when your Cane Corso has started gasping his breath; and whether there are any other symptoms. You will need this information when you consult your vet
Cane Corso is struggling to breathe when he stands really weird with his tail down, and his head is up snorting really noisily and labored
2. Know the causes of his breathing problems. Below are some causes of breathing difficulties in your dog
Allergies – Allergy is considered to be the top cause of breathing difficulties in dogs. Allergy is a hypersensitive and damaging response of your dog’s immune system to external allergens, which include pollen, food, grass, medications, shampoos, perfumes and other cleaning products. However, the sad fact is the signs and symptoms may go unnoticed because your canine friend cannot tell you what is wrong. So, as the leader of the pack, you have to be hyperaware of what to watch out for.
Allergy is considered to be the top cause of breathing difficulties in dogs
Illness – Do you know that heart disease is the second most common cause of breathing difficulties in dogs? One of the most common health problems in your Cane Corso is what they call Aortic Stenosis. If your dog has Aortic Stenosis, there is a partial obstruction to the flow of the blood as the heart moves it through the left ventricle of the heart. This heart disease can be severe and fatal. If your Cane Corso has Aortic Stenosis, he might need surgery—and sadly. surgeries are not always successful though. Other illnesses which cause breathing problems are parainfluenza, kennel cough, and aspiration pneumonia.
Medical Disorders – Laryngeal paralysis is a complex disorder wherein a part of the larynx becomes paralyzed, pressing the trachea. This condition becomes worse with anxiety and excitement.
Laryngeal paralysis is a complex disorder wherein a part of the larynx becomes paralyzed, pressing the trachea
3. Manage and treat breathing problems
Consult your vet. Your vet should be the one to determine what is the underlying cause of the problem. With that, medications shall be prescribed.
Most of the time, treatment involves continued oxygen therapy. This is to stabilize your dog while the primary underlying cause of the breathing problem is being addressed. If ever any fluid has accrued in the lungs, the fluid must be drained with a needle in a process called thoracentesis. For the case of heart failure, diuretics may be used. That is why it is essential to seek treatment right away because the sooner your canine friend receive oxygen therapy, the sooner you can avoid poor functioning and worsening of the damage of the organs due to lack of oxygen.
As much as possible, get rid of any possible triggers in your home. Keep your dog calm. This may mean limiting his physical activities and keeping things quiet inside the house. If your Cane Corso has excess stomach acid, which is common to this breed, it is a good idea that you feed him a bland diet. Consult with your vet if you are uncertain of what to feed him so that his acid will be reduced.
As much as possible, get rid of any possible triggers in your home and keep your dog calm
It is also essential that you follow closely the instructions given by your vet. Give all the medications as what is directed, and you should stick to the schedule provided. It is also good to monitor if your dog is responding well to his medications.
4. What should you do during an extreme breathing episode?
The most important thing to do first is to stay calm. Then, check your dog’s airway if there are obstructions. If the extreme breathing lasts for a couple of minutes, lay him on the floor and perform CPR. Next, bring him to your vet immediately. If the symptoms still worsen and become severe enough for his tongue and lips to turn blue, he urgently needs oxygen. Even taking him to the emergency room may be too late. This may not sound very ideal, but if your dog has a history of breathing problems, you may consider the idea of renting an oxygen tank with special breathing masks for your dog. Having these within reach may make your dog comfortable and may even save his life.
In summary, the above gives you some tips on how to manage and treat breathing difficulties in dogs. Remember, that even if your Cane Corso isn’t prone to having breathing problems, it certainly doesn’t mean that he isn’t going to develop this health issue.