Does Your Dog Have Trouble Breathing?

norlaw1935 By norlaw1935, 25th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Dogs can have problems breathing for many reasons. Sometimes they have a problem if they are in pain or excited. If your dog is breathing rapidly have him checked out by a veterinarian as if could be a medical problem.

Does Your Dog Have Trouble Breathing?

Dogs breathe faster after exercise and they also pant in hot weather, when excited and nervous. They sometimes will pant if they are in pain. Rapid breathing will also occur in dangerous conditions such as shock, poisoning or heatstroke. Call your veterinarian immediately if your dogs’ breathing has suddenly increased for no apparent visible reason.

A dog that has shallow breathing will breathe more rapidly and this problem can be caused by pain caused by bruising or damage to the ribs. If your dog has shallow breathing and has suffered an injury consult your veterinarian.

A dog that is breathing shallow could have something interfering with the normal function of his chest. There might be something preventing his chest from contracting and expanding normally. Heart failure could be one of the causes. Lung disease, buildup of fluid in the chest, trauma such as a torn diaphragm, and tumors are also causes of shallow breathing. Consult your veterinarian immediately if your dog has this problem.

You must not mistake normal panting for labored breathing. Panting which is shallow, rapid and open-mouthed breathing is not usually a medical problem. It is what hot, nervous, excited or tired dogs do. If your dog pants for no reason consult your veterinarian.

Pain will sometimes cause a dog to pant. One sign of whether your dog’s panting is healthy is the color of his tongue. A pink tongue is normal.
Does your dog wheeze or cough? Sometimes this is caused by an obstruction in the upper respiratory tract and paralysis of the vocal folds. Consult your veterinarian if your dog develops noisy breathing.

Wheezing is not common in dogs and when it does happen it usually indicates a problem that is affecting the lungs. It could also be an inflammation of the bronchi caused by allergy, irritation or an infection. Wheezing dogs should receive veterinary attention immediately.

Coughing is caused by irritation in the respiratory tract and a dog that continues to cough must be taken to the veterinarian to determine the cause.
When a dog seems to have a breathing problem it can be nothing serious or it can be the sign of a serious problem. Any time you notice your dog is not breathing in his normal manner and there is no apparent reason for it be sure and take him to the veterinarian to be checked out.

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Dog, Dog Anxiety, Dog Breathing, Dog Care, Dog Health, Dog Injury, Dog Pain

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I grew up in California. I love to write articles.

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author avatar Denise O
25th Jul 2012 (#)

Our dog Max had a problem breathing one year and after taking him to the vet, we found out he had allergies, crazy huh. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar norlaw1935
25th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks for reading my article Denise. Allergies can be terrible for dogs. They sometimes develop ear problems from allergies. I might write an article on allergies and dogs.

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author avatar jkalwaye
25th Jul 2012 (#)

Nice guidelines .Thank you for sharing .jk

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author avatar jkalwaye
25th Jul 2012 (#)

Nice guidelines .Thank you for sharing .jk

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author avatar norlaw1935
25th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks for reading my article and commenting. I appreciate it.

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