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We had a pile of health problems with our 4 month old Australian shepherd pup this past weekend: diarrhea, vomiting, intense lethargy, a fever. She spent a lot of time at the vet's. And she appears to be over all of those issues.

But, there is one problem which had started just before our crisis weekend and which remains six days later: loud, juicy wheezing.

For an hour or two after waking and emerging from her crate, she goes through occasional bouts of what sounds like loud, extended throat clearing. This has been going on for about 10 days. She had other wheezing before during the worst of our recent construction. Over vomiting weekend, she had spit up some phlegm a few times. But she hasn't since.

The vets had put her on an antibiotic as part of the overall program. And she has been taking it now for six days (with one day up front on a less potent version). It does not seem to have affected wheezing, which has, I believe, slightly increased.

I doubt it's heartworms. She hadn't yet started the preventative. But, there are very few mosquitoes around now. It's not impossible for her to get them. But, I think it is unlikely.

My kids and I have mild colds, so it could be that. The construction is largely done, so our normally dusty old house has slightly worse, But it is way better than at its height, when she wasn't wheezing at all. Air filters and open windows have not reduced the frequency.

I am new to dog ownership. If anyone has any advice, please let me know.

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Gary
 

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Well, I now have a case of warring vets. One says she has pneumonia. He basis this on (a) a high white blood cell count, (b) the fact that she is still coughing weeks later, and (c) the way a junior vet at the firm read my puppy's x-rays.

A doctor at the high-powered vet ER in the city where I live says that she doesn't know what it is. But, it's not pneumonia. She claims that the x-ray was one of a contracted lung, so it looks congested. X-rays should be taken, she says, when expanded.

While our puppy's wheezing has cut way back, she is coughing more and is slightly more lethargic. And on top of all of this, she has contracted giardia (which could explain the lethargy).

I don't know what to do. Vet 1 prescribed an antibiotic which I have with me. He says that even it if isn't pneumonia, something is jacking up her white cell count and we need to attack it while he works out what could be going on with the specialist.

Any advice from you guys? I feel like I need to do something and am tempted to go with vet 1's approach. And, I'm starting to feel our family wasn't meant to have a dog. But, this puppy is so loving, sweet, smart, and fun, we have to make it work.

Thanks!
 

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Start her on the Antibiotic, high priced vets don't always make the right call. If nothing else it will help with the Giardia.
 
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