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Pulmonary Thromboembolism, also known as Blood Clot In The Lungs in Dogs: Symptoms & Causes



pulmonary thromboembolism (blood clot in the lungs) in dogs: symptoms,

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Pulmonary thromboembolism in dogs, also known by the term PTE, is a medical condition that involves the presence of a blood clot in one of the dog’s arteries. This causes blood to stop flowing from the artery into the lung.

Dogs of medium to large size and older can often suffer from this condition.

If your dog has signs of a blood clot, you should consult your veterinarian immediately. 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 pulmonary thromboembolism in dogs.

Symptoms of Pulmonary Tissue Thromboembolism in Dogs

There are many symptoms that can result from pulmonary thromboembolism. The most common symptoms are:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Coughing
  • Breathe very fast
  • Spitting blood
  • Not being comfortable
  • Being lethargic

Causes of Pulmonary Tissue Thromboembolism in Dogs

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PTE can be caused by many things in dogs. Some of the most common causes are:

  • Heartworm
  • Kidney disease
  • Cancer
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Blood clotting within blood vessels (known as disseminated intravascular coagulopathy or DIC)
  • Heart disease

Veterinary Treatments

Your veterinarian will conduct a complete physical exam if you suspect your dog may have pulmonary embolism. The examination will include urine, blood and electrolyte tests.

Your vet will ask detailed questions about your dog’s medical history, as well as any recent symptoms. They’ll also check the levels of oxygen in the blood and may also suggest X-rays or an electrocardiogram (ECG).

The first step in treatment is oxygen therapy. This is done while the dog is being hospitalized. The vet will then address the root cause.

While your dog recovers at home, your vet might recommend that you limit your dog’s exercise activities. Regular vet visits are important to monitor the condition.

Have you ever seen your dog develop pulmonary thromboembolism in the past? How did your vet help your pet? Please share your story with us in the comments section.