Why is my dog breathing heavy?

Why is my dog breathing heavy?

Apr 30 , 2021

As a canine owner, you always want what is best for them. When your furry friend starts to act a certain way, it can cause concern. Canines have a complex respiratory system with several pats consisting of the lungs, windpipe, nose, mouth, and throat. Some canines may have to work harder to get the oxygen they need for several reasons and it’s important to understand the symptoms of breathing to help your pup.

When a canine is playing, it works harder to cool down through the mouth when they get overheated. Breathing heavy is your furry friend's way of trying to cool down and “sweat.” This will occur if the animal has been running around and it's hot outside. Try to bring your canine to a shaded area and provide them with some water to help cool down.

If it’s hot inside your house, the animal sweats and cools down from the mouth which is also known as panting to cool down. Panting helps the pup regulate their body temperature allowing heat and water to evaporate through their upper respiratory tract, tongue, and mouth. Try to cool the home down with a fan or air conditioner to help your canine.

Animals are very prone to heatstroke in hot conditions, being in direct sunlight and no access to water. Heatstroke causes excessive panting in canines and you may also see signs of drooling, vomiting, confusion, uncoordinated movements, and even collapse. If this occurs get your canine to a vet immediately to prevent brain damage, kidney failure, or other major medical concerns.

Dogs have a heart rate of under 30 beats per minute. Anything over 35 beats per minute is a cause for concern and you should contact your vet. If you notice your dog working harder when they are not running around and during cooler weather, it could be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as asthma, kennel cough, pain, pneumonia, respiratory infections, or more. Your vet will be able to do a complete exam and help treat your pup ensuring a quick recovery.