Pneumonia in Small Animals

Pneumonia is very deadly and will need to be treated fast

Description/Causes

Pneumonia is inflammation of the lungs and bronchi. The cause is usually from viral infection of the lower respiratory tract. It is associated with pharynx and neuromuscular disorders which affect the nerves and muscles.

What animal?

This disease or sickness is found mostly in dogs! Can also be found in cats and humans!

Signs/Symptoms

  • Difficult (labored) or rapid breathing
  • Loud respiratory sounds
  • Discharge from the nostrils
  • Lethargy (tiredness, malaise)
  • Reduced appetite
  • Fever
  • Coughing

Treatment

The doctor will do many test as x-rays, fluid, breathing, and swallowing. Once determined that this is Pneumonia they will bring the animal into stabilizing treatment. For several days. Then when home will need to be alone such as in a cage to rest.