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A Beagle With Bronchitis

Posted August 22, 2011 12:01 AM by SavvyExacta

A dog with bronchitis? Yes, it's true. In this blog entry, I'll explain how a vaccination weakened my dog's immune system and made her susceptible to illness. Fortunately, bronchitis in dogs is treatable.

Our Bronchitis Experience

It had been a few months since my dog's Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment and she was doing fine. She was due for an annual examination and rabies vaccination, and visited the veterinarian again. Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, she was treated by a new vet who was not familiar with her medical history.

My pets receive titers rather than vaccinations for things like distemper, a choice I made years ago after another pet had a serious reaction to a vaccination. By mistake the vet vaccinated the dog. (Our regular vet later explained that this probably weakened the dog's immune system, making her susceptible to illness.)

For the rest of the day after being vaccinated, the dog was lethargic. As the week went on, she lost interest in activities like playtime and walks. She stopped barking (this is a beagle we're talking about) and her breathing became labored and raspy. She'd always had allergies, but her nose became even more congested.

A return visit to the vet was in order. Our regular vet examined the dog and ordered a chest X-ray. The results came in - bronchitis. The dog's lung function was decreased so an antibiotic and antihistamine were prescribed. Click to watch a video of my dog's raspy, labored breathing caused by bronchitis.

We were asked to call back in three days with a progress report. Three days yielded a 30% improvement in the dog's health. About a week later she was well enough to go for a walk and two weeks later she seems fully recovered.

More About Canine Bronchitis

Bronchitis in dogs can be caused by any number of things:

  • Severe allergies
  • Malfunctions of organs like the heart, kidneys, or liver
  • Bacterial or viral infections

Here are some of the signs of bronchitis in dogs:

  • Coughing
  • Rapid or labored breathing (Tachypnea) or shortness of breath; wheezing
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy; depression
  • Fever

Some of the symptoms of bronchitis are similar to other illnesses, like kennel cough. That's why proper testing is important for diagnosis:

  • Blood tests and septum swabs
  • Bronchoscopy
  • X-rays

Once a diagnosis is made, treatment is fairly straightforward:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Antibiotics
  • Bronchodilators

Resources:

http://www.dog-obedience-training-online.com/bronchitis-in-dogs.html

http://www.dogillness.org/bronchitis_in_dogs/bronchitis_in_dogs.html

Related Animal Science Blog Entries:

http://cr4.globalspec.com/blogentry/6662/Vaccinate-or-Veto-Shots-or-Titer-for-Your-Pet-Part-1

http://cr4.globalspec.com/blogentry/6663/Vaccinate-or-Veto-Shots-or-Titer-for-Your-Pet-Part-2

http://cr4.globalspec.com/blogentry/7800/Animals-Can-Get-the-Flu-Too

http://cr4.globalspec.com/blogentry/17366/When-the-Vet-Says-Your-Dog-Has-Lyme-Disease

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08/23/2011 12:03 AM

I symphatise with your dog's and your distress. The word is spread. Is there a point to be made beyond that too? If it is, I would suggest restoring the beagle's digestive system with probiotics, as long as the knowledgeable vet concurs. Immunization can play merry hell with the digestive system.

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08/23/2011 9:11 AM

I wasn't aware of problems with the digestive system caused by immunization - only the immune system. She was still eating after the vaccination but was not as "excited" about her food as usual. I'll see how things go and if she seems off consider probiotics. Thank you for the suggestion!

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08/23/2011 7:40 AM

Sorry to hear about sickness of your lovely dog. It is painful to hear such news. I lost my dog who was 12 years old she had developed kidney failure her pic is my avtar. She was lovely dog we miss her very much.

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08/23/2011 9:12 AM

She's doing much better now! As they get older (and sometimes with young ones) it seems like it's one thing after another. I'm sorry to hear about the illness and loss of your dog. It's always very hard.

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08/23/2011 9:18 AM

No smokers in the house now but she was exposed to smoke until about age 6 or so. I did read about exposure to cigarette smoke being a trigger for bronchitis in dogs when I was researching this blog entry. I didn't come across information that indicated the level of sensitivity in the article you linked to but it does make sense. She often has a slight cough. Also, beagles are sniffers by nature, and very sensitive to smell.

That article is pretty horrific. I suppose I can understand the need for animal testing in some rare cases but if humans want to smoke (not a necessity) then let them be the testers.

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08/23/2011 9:26 AM

It was (is?) awful the way animals are abused.....

Sadly, I feel that her previous exposure to smoke may play a bigger role than many believe.....I hope it clears up fully and she can enjoy life again....

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08/23/2011 9:52 AM

I believe you may be correct - that combined with her recent bout of Lyme disease and the vaccination probably weakened her lung function.

She is doing quite a bit better - we went for a 3 mile walk last night and she was still energetic for the car ride home.

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08/23/2011 6:41 PM

It's lucky Dr. Roger Pink isn't around for this topic.

I'm Glad your puppy is recovering. These reactions to vaccination are quite traumatic for both parent and child.

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08/24/2011 4:16 PM

Just for reference. (Judging by the lace of responses here I assume most CR4'ers weren't exposed to the idea.)

IV vitamin C is way superior to oral vitamin C, with the recent exception of Lypo-Spheric C. IV vitamin C is effective in a wide range of infections/disease processes.

It certainly won't hurt animals, AFAIK. But surf around and look for information to help you decide. I keep Lypo-Spheric C on hand, both for semi-regular use and emergencies.

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08/24/2011 4:33 PM

My dog gets a level teaspoon with each meal (x2), because she suffers with urine that is too alkaline, this contributes to stones and possible bladder and urinal tract infections.

It is caused by the lack of acid in the prepared food for dogs (cats suffer from the same thing). The fix is usually to feed only fresh meat (expensive) or special dried food that my dog did not like much, which was also 4 x the normal price.

I then found some tablets for €42 per 1000 which worked well (she needed 8-10 per day), but Vitamin C is better, you need far less and its really cheap. Plus whereas with her tablets the acid level varied a bit, with Vitamin C is bang on perfect.

I test with special papers that change colour according to the acidity level.......

If anyone has a cat or dog with urine tract problems, mail me offline for the njame of the tablets.

The problem is called "Struwit" I believe and is widespread.......but many do not have a clue till stones are apparent......

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08/24/2011 4:59 PM

Good deal.

For humans, though, the problem with standard, oral, ascorbic acid, is that the absorption rate is so variable; esp. with higher doses. (1, 2, for ex.). Much, much, more attention should have been given to Dr. Klenner's results in a widespread manner. I'm just glad Dr. Thomas Levy has been instrumental in recovering his work from the scrap heap of medical history. The "60 Minutes" video should get people's attention. Anecdotal? Hardly, if you look at Dr. Klenner's experience and also Dr. Levy's book.

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