Brutus Kruk


Brutus came to the clinic and was a very sick bulldog. For 2 days he had been lethargic and off his food. He was also coughing, retching and bringing up blood-tinged fluid. Examination, blood tests and chest x-rays revealed bacterial pneumonia with consolidation of his right cranial lung lobe. Brutus was hospitalized and started on IV fluids and antibiotics for 24 hours. There are many different underlying causes of pneumonia in dogs. In Brutus’ case we believe aspiration of food into his lower airways resulted in bacterial “aspiration” pneumonia, a very serious condition if not treated aggressively. Once on antibiotics he began to improve rapidly and after 4 weeks Brutus is back to his old self.