Pneumonia in dogs is becoming increasingly common. It can be a serious malady for any dog. It shows that your dog has very low immunity. This means, to recover and prevent a recurrence, your top priority is to improve this. You can achieve this only by adopting a policy of natural dogs health. Nothing else comes even close.
Pneumonia in dogs, as in people or any other species, is a lung affliction. It often starts with your dog coughing. The character of the cough is often wet, as there is fluid in the lungs, which your dog is trying to expel. Breathing can become difficult, leading to a faster rate and panting. Wheezing is not uncommon. Nasal discharges may follow. Fever is not uncommon.
The accompanying symptoms include loss of appetite, loss of energy, low spirits, sleeping more and sometimes loss of thirst.
Pneumonia can be a stand alone malady, but it is often triggered by other, external, factors. These include veterinary treatments all of which lower the immune system especially the aggressive treatments such as steroids and chemotherapy. However, all compromise the immune system to a greater or lesser extent.
Never give a dog a cough suppressant. The fluid needs to be expelled, and this is an outlet that, if closed, can have fatal consequences.
Veterinary diagnosis of pneumonia in dogs is normally with the aid of an X ray, by listening to his lungs with a stethoscope and sometimes by a bronchoscope. The latter is invasive so should only ever by carried out if absolutely necessary. The X ray will also cause high levels of radiation, so don’t use this either, unless absolutely necessary.
Although there are many types of pneumonia, including viral, bacterial, fungal and chemical to name just a few, antibiotics is the first veterinary treatment. Antibiotics do seem to clear up many cases of pneumonia, but it does so at a price. Antibiotics are liver toxic, they destroy healthy bacteria, they create stomach problems and they don’t address the cause. Bacteria are merely opportunistic scavengers. They are a by product, if you like, of the pneumonia, not the cause.
Because the course of antibiotics will take three to four weeks, it is likely that time healed the pneumonia, not the medication.
What else can you do? First, this can be serious so some form of treatment is wise. Homeopathic treatment can work extremely fast, getting your dog back on his feet very quickly. Seek professional homeopathic treatment. You don’t have to take the dog to a homeopath, although this is the best option if available. You can get effective help through an online consultation. This is one of the great assets of homeopathic treatment, and useful to know as there are many areas without this up and coming complete health care system of the future.
Make sure you keep an eye out for any signs of dehydration, if your dog is not drinking much, bearing in mind the quantity will be less than normal if he is resting more.
To prevent diseases in the future, you need to feed an immune boosting diet.