Dog Pneumonia Symptoms

dog pneumonia symptoms

Dog pneumonia is a disease that refers to infection of the respiratory system which occur when the air sacs of the lungs tissues is filled up with fluid by aspiration.

Dog pneumonia is usually caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi.

Since there are many different types of bacteria that can be the cause pneumonia in dog so the symptoms is often confuse with Canine Influenza (dog flu) during the early stage.

Inflammation which is causes by lung irritation is known as pneumonitis. Aspiration of a liquid into the lung can lead to secondary infection and heart problems.

Causes of dog pneumonia

Fungal

Coccidioides immitis, Cryptococcus neoformans etc.

Bacterial

secondary infection after kennel cough (tracheobronchitis), malfunction of dog's esophagus (Megaesophagus) etc.

Viral

Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) or Upper Respiratory Infection (URI).

Parasitic

lungworms or any other types of worms that can migrate to the lung.

Allergic

absence of cells due to infection, inflammatory and extreme infiltration of the lung.

Dog Pneumonia Symptoms

  • cough
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • difficulty breathing
  • listlessness
  • exhausted rapidly