I adopted her from a rescue center as a 3-4 month old puppy. Last summer she developed an intermittent cough and would pant heavily after only 5-10 minutes of exercise. Her tongue would also turn a dusky color. Our vet tried several medications, including antibiotics and steriods. The vet also took 2 chest x-rays. The x-rays showed “speckles” throughout her respiratory system. The specks were random, like someone flinging paint at a canvas from several feet away.
After receiving the medications, my dog’s cough went away. Her panting lessened and even stopped for awhile over the winter months. However, her symptoms of panting and a dusky tongue after exercise, being stressed, or frightened are coming back with the spring months, and our vet is baffled. Have you ever encountered anything like this before?
Is the chronic form of pulmonary histoplasmosis a possibility? We do live in Pennsylvania, and my dog loves to be outside in our yard. Thank you.
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