You fox terrier that has trouble breathing

by Amy brittingham
(Moses lake, wa)

My toy fox terrier has trouble breathing sometimes and the left side of her neck is enlarged. Acting very scared and cowardly...

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Feb 21, 2014
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by: Anonymous

Thank you Walt.

Feb 21, 2014
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by: Walt

My heart is breaking for you and your family. I completely understand how you feel about your dogs being your family as that is how I view my dogs. Having lost one last year was absolutely devastating. I know you will make her last days comfortable and loved filled.

Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Feb 18, 2014
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by: Amy

Thanks Walt. Unfortunately, she is one sick pup. I took her into the vet shortly after posting and she probably won't be with us much longer. She has some kind of large tumor in her neck. I wish that was the worst of it. The vet did a chest x-ray to see if something was lodged in her throat and her heart is so large and there is so much fluid on her chest that it is pinching off her trachea. The vet put her on some lacix, which have helped the fluid as she is breathing better, but told us it is just a matter of time. She is in such severe congestive heart failure that all we can do is keep her comfortable. It's not our year for pups...they are like our kids and just about two weeks ago lost our old pug. They are like our little kids so losing them is just horrible.

Feb 18, 2014
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by: Walt

It's a little bit concerning that your dog is having trouble breathing and seems scared. Swelling of the neck can be a few things. She may have been stung or bitten by a bee/bug and is having an allergic reaction.
Another problem that dogs get in the neck region is a problem with the disc that run along the spinal cord. Sometimes the soft tissue that cushions the disc turns hardened or ruptures near the spinal cord. This would cause pain and the dog would have problems moving the neck.
A tooth or gum infection would also cause swelling in the neck area. Check the dog's teeth and gums. If there are any broken teeth, discolored teeth or gums you may be looking at an infection which would need antibiotics.
Sometimes dogs can get leaky salivary glands that would produce swelling. It is usually fluid filled swelling and non painful, however vet care is required to relieve the swelling. If let go, infection can start.
The sebaciopus glands also effect the neck area and are fluid filled lumps. fine needle aspiration may be needed.
The fact that she is having trouble breathing combined with the swollen neck means you should definitely see a vet. Hope your dog is ok!

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