Signs of Upper Respiratory Disease in Pets

Signs of Upper Respiratory Disease in Pets


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Respiratory infections in pets can be caused by various pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, and fungi. These infections can affect the upper respiratory tract (nose, throat, and trachea) or the lower respiratory tract (bronchi and lungs). Here are common signs of respiratory infections in pets:
Upper Respiratory Infection (URI):
  1. Sneezing: Frequent sneezing may be a sign of an upper respiratory infection.
  2. Coughing: A dry, hacking cough can be indicative of an upper respiratory issue.
  3. Nasal Discharge: Runny or thick discharge from the nose, which can be clear, white, yellow, or green, is a common sign.
  4. Watery Eyes: Excessive tearing or discharge from the eyes can occur with URIs.
  5. Congestion: Pets may appear congested or have difficulty breathing through their nose.
  6. Fever: Some pets with URIs may run a fever, which can lead to lethargy.
  7. Loss of Appetite: Respiratory infections can cause a decreased interest in food.
Lower Respiratory Infection:
  1. Coughing: A persistent, often moist or productive cough can indicate a lower respiratory infection.
  2. Labored Breathing: Pets with lower respiratory issues may exhibit rapid or labored breathing, sometimes with audible wheezing or rasping.
  3. Fever: Fever can accompany lower respiratory infections.
  4. Lethargy: Pets with respiratory infections often lack energy and may be less active than usual.
  5. Decreased Exercise Tolerance: They may become easily tired during physical activity.
  6. Nasal Flaring: In severe cases, pets may exhibit nasal flaring, where their nostrils widen as they struggle to breathe.

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