What Is Canine Pulmonary Edema
Dog pulmonary edema occurs when fluid accumulates in the tissues, airways, or air sacs of the lungs. The common term for this disorder is “fluid in the lungs.” It may occur alone, with circulatory disorders, or be caused by an allergic reaction, infectious disease, electric shock, or head injury.
There are four common heart conditions that can result in canine pulmonary edema including:
- Mitral Valve Disease – The valves that take blood to and from the heart fail to close properly, causing blood flow to slow and leak from the capillaries.
- Dilated Cardiomyopathy – The ventricular section of the heart becomes enlarged or dilated, affecting blood flow. This condition is prevalent in Doberman Pinschers, Irish Wolfhounds, Great Danes, and Boxers.
- Myocardial Disease – The heart enlarges and causes problems with blood flow.
- Pericardial Disease – Fluid builds up in the protective sac around the heart, constricting the heart and affecting blood flow.
It is important to determine the cause. If the condition is due to a heart disorder, then the heart condition needs treatment.
Symptoms of Pulmonary Edema in Dogs
- Constant coughing
- Labored breathing
- Open-mouth breathing
- Standing instead of lying down
- Lying on chest
- Wheezing and crackling sounds in the chest
How Will NHV Supplements Help My Pet With Canine Pulmonary Edema?
NHV supplements, like Resp-Aid, provide gentle support for the lungs and help with labored breathing and other symptoms of pulmonary edema in dogs. Additional supplements, like NHV Hearty Heart, provide support for the circulatory system and heart, while Stimmune helps with infection and immunity.
Never self-diagnose your pet. Leave that to a qualified vet who can determine the exact nature of your pet's illness or condition. If you see signs of the symptoms of pulmonary edema in your dog, take them to a vet as soon as possible. Have more questions about your pet’s health? Visit our Pet Expert Q&A to find answers or contact us.