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I have 5 toy poodles, about a week ago one of them started sneezing followed by wheezing. Eventually it spread to all five dogs. They don't have a fever, cough, runny nose, any discharge in the eyes or bleeding.
Can you tell me what may cause this and is there anything I can do or give them short of getting a high vet bill?

Without knowing their ages or their vaccination history, all I can say is that they have all contracted some type of upper respiratory infection.

I can't tell you what kind or how it will affect them, but chances are they are going to get sicker.

Take one in and that should tell you what the rest of them have. It doesn't sound good- it sounds almost like they are having an allergic response to something in the air if it isn't an URI.

Did you bring anything new into the house? New carpets, new rugs, chairs, slip covers, etc?
Did you get your carpets cleaned? Have new flowers in the house, wool rugs or new heating vents?

Did you get your heater cleaned or does it need cleaning? Your dogs could be suffering from something that even could be dangerous to you!!

Get one or all of them into the vets soon and find out what this is. Wheezing is never a good sign.  

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Jana Connell RVT, CVT


PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING TO ME: I am NOT a vet and do NOT diagnose diseases. That is only for a licensed Veterinarian to do. I will give you suggestions and steer you toward calling your vet for help. You can call the vet's office and talk to the technician there or the vet at times. Don't be afraid to call them! If you have a serious issue with your pet please post it to one of the veterinarians in here- I will tell you the same thing in my answer. IF your pet is injured or in an emergency situation, CALL YOUR VET- Do not wait and post in here. Just call the vet's office and get them in to see the vet right away. Critical treatment time is lost if you seek answers here when you should have your precious pet at the vets!! Don't sit at home waiting for an answer when your pet is critically ill or injured!! I can answer most questions about small animal and wildlife care as well as small animal nutrition. I can also answer questions about all phases of dental care for small animals. I DO NOT answer questions about birds (unless it is wildlife or songbirds) or HAMSTERS/GERBILS/CHINS/GUINEA PIGS/REPTILES/FROGS/RABBITS/PET BIRDS OF ANY KIND so please submit these questions to the appropriate sections. I, as well as other experts in here, do NOT do homework questions- that is for YOU to do! Please respect these rules for all of us. Thanks!


I have over 42 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love. I also Teach Veterinary Technology to working technicians who are studying to take their California Tests to become Licensed Technicians. They have to take both the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) and the California boards.

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