Can dogs survive aspiration pneumonia? Thankfully, the prognosis for aspiration pneumonia is good, with an average 77-81.6% survival rate1,2. However, this can be a significant complication of even elective surgery, and can add significant costs due to hospitalization and treatment.
How do you fix aspiration pneumonia in dogs?
- Oxygen supplementation.
- Antibiotic therapy to treat suspected or confirmed infection.
- Anti-nausea medications to reduce (and hopefully prevent) vomiting.
- Medications to promote proper gastrointestinal motility.
- Intravenous fluid therapy to help maintain proper hydration.
How do I know if my dog has aspiration pneumonia? Symptoms of aspiration pneumonia include breathing difficulties, swallowing difficulties, coughing, fever, discharge from the nasal passages, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, a bluish tinge to the skin (cyanosis), and a possible intolerance to exercise due to weakness.
How long does it take for a dog to recover from aspiration pneumonia? Typically, recovery takes at least 3 to 5 weeks, and your dog will likely need antibiotics for at least 4 weeks.