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Cyanosis in Dogs: Symptoms & Causes



cyanosis (skin turning blue) in dogs: symptoms, causes, & treatments

The prognosis is usually poor for dogs suffering from cyanosis. (Picture Credit to Sebastian Condrea/Getty Images

Cyanosis in dogs is a medical condition that can cause a dog’s skin and mucus membranes to turn a blue color. It occurs when red blood cells fail to transport enough oxygen throughout the body.

A condition that causes the dog to have a weak heart or respiratory system can be the cause. The prognosis for dogs is often poor, so it’s vital that you seek help from a veterinarian early on if you notice symptoms.

If you see signs that your dog’s skin is turning blue, then You should consult your veterinarianto get a complete diagnosis and the best course of treatment. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of cyanosis in dogs.

Symptoms Of Cyanosis In Dogs

Cyanosis in dogs can present with a variety of symptoms. The most common symptoms of Cyanosis in dogs are:

Cyanosis in Dogs: Causes

Doctor Hearing a Dog Heart Beat Rhythm

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Cyanosis in dogs is often caused by problems with the respiratory system. There are several causes of cyanosis that can affect the respiratory system.

  • Asthma
  • Paralysis in the larynx
  • Parasites in the lungs
  • Inhaling smoke
  • Lungs being bruised
  • Pneumonia
  • The trachea is collapsing in sections

The most common cause of respiratory problems is not only the respiratory system.

  • Injury to the muscles, especially the diaphragm
  • A stroke
  • Brain tumors
  • Poisoning
  • Trauma to your brain

Treatments for Cyanosis in Dogs

Your veterinarian will administer oxygen therapy to your dog to treat cyanosis. After that, they’ll carry out a full physical examination, along with blood, urine, and electrolyte tests plus an electrocardiograph (EKG).

A vet will also examine the lungs, voice box and vocal cords.

The vet will treat the underlying condition when providing treatment. This could involve medication or surgery.

It is important that your veterinarian prescribes medication for your dog. This includes the exact dosage and frequency of the medication.

To ensure your dog’s recovery at home, you should keep an eye on any signs or symptoms that may return and make regular appointments to see your veterinarian.

Has your dog ever experienced cyanosis? What caused your dog’s skin to turn blue? Let us know in the comments.