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This is a Blood condition.


What is Methemoglobinemia?

Methemoglobinemia is a blood disorder where too much methemoglobin is present. This protein affects how the blood carries oxygen, meaning that the body does not have enough oxygen supply.

What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?

Your dog may have a rapid respiratory rate, blue gums, and exercise intolerance.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

Signs of methemoglobinemia often first appear with an associated disease, such as a respiratory infection.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

Genetic and laboratory testing can be used to diagnose this condition. Please note that there are also toxins that can cause this condition.

How is this condition treated?

Methylene blue can be administered to control the clinical signs. However, this is a long-term therapy, not a cure. Treatment of concurrent infections or inflammation is also recommended.

What actions should I take if my dog is affected?

  • Please see your veterinarian as soon as possible if you suspect a respiratory infection or any other breathing difficulties, as these can become life-threatening if not addressed.
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