Most dog owners don’t realize that their pets can develop pneumonia. There are different types of pneumonia, but all can lead to serious breathing issues and other complications for the dog if not treated. Not all pneumonia is infectious. Injuries and exposure to chemicals can also lead to pneumonia in dogs. Boarding facilities, pet daycares, pet hospitals, dog parks, and shelters are high-risk environments for infectious dog pneumonia. Pneumonia in dogs is preventable, but it is also treatable.
Pneumonia is a progressive condition that can severely affect a dog’s breathing ability. Lung tissue contains alveoli, small clusters of air sacs. As the dog breathes in, air fills these sacs. Cells and small blood vessels in the lining of the alveoli exchange oxygen from the air with carbon dioxide, which the dog exhales. When bacteria, viruses, or fungal organisms invade the nostrils or trachea, they can cause an infection. This infection causes inflammation inside the air sacs in the lungs. In addition to the swelling, pus, and fluid take up additional space. This allows less room for air to fill the lungs and causes respiratory distress for the animal.
This site offers information designed for educational purposes only. The information on this Website is not intended to be comprehensive, nor does it constitute advice or our recommendation in any way. We attempt to ensure that the content is current and accurate but we do not guarantee its currency and accuracy. You should carry out your own research and/or seek your own advice before acting or relying on any of the information on this Website.