When Puppy is Breathing Fast – Common Causes and What to Do

When your puppy is breathing fast, it can be quite healthy or something that must be checked with the veterinarian.

Nose, throat, trachea, lungs are the four main elements of the respiratory system. Through the nose, air enters the body and moves down into the lungs. When appeared in the lungs the air enters the red blood cells and reaches other organs thanks to the blood circulation.
Humans and dogs breathing rate differs, as well as the breathing rates of adult dogs and puppies.

A normal rate of breathing in adult dogs ranges between 10-30 breaths in a minute. However, the rate in puppies is slightly higher and is between 15-40 breaths in a minute.

If you want to specify an average breathing rate of your puppy, you should count the breaths when he is calm and relaxed. You need to count the number of times your pet’s chest area rises and falls and keep the statistics. In the case you are concerned by heavy breathing of your dog, you will be able to compare figures.

Remember that in the situation of panting, which is very natural for dogs, breath rates may increase dramatically and might reach even 400 breaths in a minute. It does not mean at all that your pup suffers from any illness.

Dogs cannot sweat through their skins like humans and panting is the only way for them to cool themselves.

If a puppy is breathing fast when he is asleep, you are likely not to worry about.

It is normal for puppies to have irregular breath when they are asleep as they have very “active dreams.”

Most Common Causes of Fast Breathing in Puppies

  • He is trying to cool down. As we have already mentioned panting is the unique way for dogs to cool themselves. If it is hot outside, or if he was exercising, a dog will pant, and there is nothing unusual or alarming in the behavior. You can help your dog through avoiding heat and proving him with fresh water.
  • Your puppy may be stressed and that is why his breath is heavy. Excessive physical training or a strange environment may cause stress in a puppy. Try to have short training sessions and introduce your pup to new people and situations step by step.
  • Some of the medical condition –respiratory or non-respiratory illnesses may be the cause of fast breathing in dogs.
  • Respiratory infections, inflammation of lungs, bronchitis, lungworms, fluid in the chest cavity, hernias, chest cavity tumors, spasm, collapse, swelling or paralyzing of the throat and air in the chest cavity are most common respiratory issues causing fast breathing in puppies.
  • Diabetes, anemia, Cushing’s disease, pain, fear, obesity, heart failure, intestinal disorders are the most common non-respiratory complications triggering heavy breathing in puppies.

Your Puppy Breathes Heavily – You have a Reason to Worry

  • If your pup fails to put on weight.
  • If he breathes to fast when he is awake and relaxed.
  • If he gets tired easily and more quickly than earlier.
  • If his cough is chronic.
  • If he has blue gums.
  • If he vomits.
  • If he has diarrhea.
  • If he refuses to eat.
  • If he suffers from excessive urination or drinking.

If you mention any of the issues accompanied by your dog’s heavy breathing, you must see the vet to clarify reasons.

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