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Medical name: Bronchiectasis


  • Blue mucous or skin
  • Wet cough
  • Easily worn out
  • Feverish
  • Runny nose
  • Rapid breathing
  • Distressed breathing


Bronchiectasis in pets refers to a dilation of your pet’s airways, which can be caused as the result of an inflammation or infection of the airways. This condition can often be characterized by a wet cough that indicates the accumulation of a fluid. Other symptoms of bronchiectasis may include a runny nose, fever, or rapid or distressed breathing. Normally dogs breathe 10 to 30 times a minute, whereas the average cat takes 10 to 40 breaths. At rest, these should be silent, effortless breaths. The chest and abdomen rise and fall without signs of discomfort or distress and the animal is breathing through its nose. You may also notice that your pet has blue skin or mucous. The easiest-to-find mucous membranes are the gums above the teeth or the lips. A nice, healthy pink is normal. If your pet normally has dark gums and lips, you need to find another lightly pigmented place, like the vulva in female animals or the prepuce (skin fold over the end of the penis) on male animals. Also, the inner eyelid (gently pull down on skin just below the eye) is another mucous membrane. If your pet has been diagnosed with bronchiectasis, your vet can help to determine the best course of treatment. In some cases, antibiotic therapy or bronchodilators can help treat the condition.

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