What happened to your Dobermans when start heavy breathing & coughing after playing around

Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a common disease in Dobermans dogs. In a study surveying Dobermans of all ages, 58% had signs of this disease, and 44% of Dobermans >6years were affected. So don’t take it lightly when you witness dog breathing problems, take a look at the symptoms, causes, and some home remedies before seeing the vet.


Have you ever seen your Dobermans have rapid breathing, troubled breathing, panting, or coughing? And you suspect this to be normal reactions to exertion or heat, let them rest and cool off to see if their breathing returns to normal. 


However, the large and giant breeds of dogs are more likely to experience cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure, especially Doberman Pinschers who are prone to a life-threatening heart condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy or DCM in which the heart becomes so large, thin, and weak that it can no longer effectively pump blood to the body. 

Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)


In this case, you need to observe your dogs carefully, if they act: 

Troubled Breathing 

  • Visible movement of chest and stomach during breath
  • Flared nostrils during breath
  • Open-mouthed breathing
  • Noisy breathing
  • Head held low and extended; elbows bowed out

Rapid Breathing

  • Breathing more quickly than normal, with a closed mouth 

Panting

  • Breathing more quickly than normal, with an open mouth
  • Shallow breaths
  • Tongue hanging out

can be all signs of serious problems and should be considered medical emergencies if they persist.


Because there are many causes of breathing difficulties so there are many options for treatment that will depend upon the diagnosis. Normally treatment will involve continued oxygen therapy to stabilize dogs while the primary cause of the breathing difficulty is addressed. And if any fluid has existed in the space around the lungs, it may need to be drained with a needle in a thoracentesis process.


Diuretics may be used in order to treat heart failure. It is important to seek treatment right away because the sooner your dog can receive oxygen therapy and medications, the sooner you can prevent and reverse poor functioning and possible damage of organs from lack of oxygen.


The important thing is seeking treatment right away cause the sooner your dog can receive oxygen therapy and medications, the sooner you can prevent and reverse poor functioning and possible damage of organs from lack of oxygen.


Hope this is useful for you to treat your Dobermans well.

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