How scarey for you! Poor little man, I am glad he is doing fine now.
Chronic obstuctive pulmonary disease. I have it and it is miserable. Heavy pollen counts makes it very difficult to breathe and I wouldn't smoke around him, if you do.:emo10:Can I ask what copd is? Glad to hear he is feeling better.
Thank you, it is apparently pretty common, my neighbor works at the local hospital and she said it was full because of the pollen.Thanks Linda - Sorry to hear that you suffer with this.
Here is a link that might be interesting. Actually the heart is involved by the very nature of the disease.Last Tuesday evening we had both dogs out for a walk. maybe a quarter mile longer than usual but not much. no off lead running, just a nice walk with some heel work.
afer we got home, Pollo was breating really hard and fast for almost 40 minutes. needless to say, I was about nuts thinking it was DCM. we got him to the vet and it turns out his heart looks great for a 6 year old (yea!!!) but there was all sorts of density around his heart.
We had some x-rays done on him about a year ago for other reasons and you could see his trachea all crisp and clear - now it's all fuzzy and not so clear. We got some prednisone and another drug (sorry I forget the name) to give him if he has another episode. and was told to let him lie low on hot, humid, high pollen days (that's about the next 5 months here in DC)
any one else had to deal with COPD in their dogs before? BTW he has been fine since
COPD is a pulmonary disease. It is specifically of the lungs. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are the main disease processes. These are in the lungs. It can cause added strain to the heart, but that is secondary to the disease.Actually the heart is involved by the very nature of the disease.