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What are Breathing Difficulties?

Difficulty breathing is a sign of a labored respiratory system. Your dog’s health depends upon the respiratory system to take in oxygen and deliver it to the red blood cells and throughout the body’s organs. The causes for breathing difficulties are varied, and dogs of all ages, breeds, and both sexes are susceptible; however, specific breeds and types of dogs are more susceptible to suffer particular underlying causes of breathing difficulties.

Very large and giant breeds of dog are more likely to experience cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. Small, toy breeds, such as the Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier, and Pomeranian, are most likely to suffer from tracheal collapse. While small breeds, such as Maltese, Italian Greyhound, and Poodle are predisposed to tracheal collapse, chronic bronchitis, and chronic mitral valve disease. Short-faced breeds of dog, such as bulldogs, are more likely to have congenital breathing difficulties due to narrowed nostrils and elongates soft palates, as well as tumors in the lungs and near the heart.

Rapid breathing or panting can also be normal reactions to exertion or heat; if you suspect this to be the case, let your dog rest and cool off to see if her breathing returns to normal.

Dyspnea, or troubled breathing, and tachypnea, or rapid breathing, panting or coughing can all be signs of serious underlying problems and should be considered medical emergencies if they persist.

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Symptoms of Breathing Difficulties in Dogs

Dyspnea (Troubled Breathing)

  • Visible movement of chest and stomach during breath
  • Flared nostrils during breath
  • Open-mouthed breathing
  • Noisy breathing
  • Head held low and extended; elbows bowed out

Tachypnea (Rapid Breathing)

  • Breathing more quickly than normal, with a closed mouth

Panting

  • Breathing more quickly than normal, with an open mouth
  • Shallow breaths
  • Tongue hanging out

Causes of Breathing Difficulties in Dogs

Dyspnea

  • Foreign object stuck in throat
  • Elongated soft palate
  • Small nostrils
  • Ascites, or fluid in the belly
  • Bloat, or air in the belly
  • Enlarged liver
  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Tumors
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Injury to chest wall
  • Reaction to toxin from tick bite
  • Reaction to toxin from Botulism
  • Heart failure
  • Pulmonary edema, or heart failure with fluid in the lungs
  • Blood in the chest surrounding lungs
  • Bleeding into the lungs
  • Pneumonia
  • Infectious tracheobronchitis, or a kennel cough
  • Heartworm infection

Tachypnea

  • Anemia, or low red blood cell level
  • Hypoxemia, or low blood oxygen level
  • Asthma
  • Tumors
  • Pulmonary edema, or heart failure with fluid in the lungs
  • Bleeding into the lungs

Panting

  • Pain
  • Reaction to certain medications
  • Elevated body temperature due to external temperature, fever, or exertion

Diagnosis of Breathing Difficulties in Dogs

Difficulty breathing should be considered an emergency, and you should take your dog in for veterinary attention as soon as you determine there to be a problem. As there are so many possible causes for your dog’s difficulty breathing, it is important for you to give a thorough account of the symptoms and their onset, as well as any recent incidents that may be related.

The veterinarian will begin by conducting a thorough physical examination that will include detailed observation of your dog’s breathing and listening to her chest and lungs. The veterinarian will press on your dog’s windpipe to try and induce coughing, in order to observe the cough. Depending on the severity of your dog’s difficulty breathing, oxygen may be administered at this time in order to stabilize your dog before additional tests can be conducted.

Your dog’s blood oxygen and carbon dioxide levels will be tested in order to determine the severity of your dog’s breathing difficulty. A urinalysis, complete blood count, and chemical blood profile will be taken in order to identify possible causes such as anemia, infection, presence of heartworm or toxin, or impaired organ functionality.

Further testing will depend upon the area of concern, with x-rays and ultrasounds being utilized in order to examine the condition and function of the heart, lungs, and abdomen; extraction of any fluids built up in the chest, lungs or belly for clinical evaluation; and/or an electrocardiogram to measure the heart’s electrical activity; an endoscope to visually examine your dog’s nose and airways.

Treatment of Breathing Difficulties in Dogs

As there are many varied causes of breathing difficulties, there are many options for treatment that will depend upon the diagnosis. Often treatment will involve continued oxygen therapy to stabilize your dog while the primary cause of the breathing difficulty is addressed. If any fluid has accrued in the lung(s), it will need to be drained with a needle in a process called thoracentesis. Diuretics may be used in order to treat heart failure. It is important to seek treatment right away because the sooner your dog can receive oxygen therapy, the sooner you can prevent and reverse poor functioning and possible damage of organs from lack of oxygen.

Recovery of Breathing Difficulties in Dogs

Carefully following the veterinarian’s specific recovery instructions is paramount, and these will vary depending on your dog’s diagnosis. When you are able to bring your dog home, you will need to manage his activity until the veterinarian determines he his healthy enough to return to normal activity. This may involve cage rest, decreasing access to the outdoors and limiting stimuli. Designing a comfortable and relaxing environment will improve your dog’s road to recovery. With some diagnoses, this may be a temporary measure; however, with others, this new limited activity routine may be necessary throughout your dog’s life. Continue to monitor your dog’s overall health and breathing, making sure to consult the veterinarian if breathing problems resurface.

Breathing Difficulties Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Gizmo
Miniature Pinscher
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fast Breathing

Medication Used

Coughing

My 5yr old minpin is breathing fast almost like panting but with his mouth closed. He is coughing more at night than day.I think jis throat might be swollen.....what should i do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Gizmo is having breathing difficulties and you believe that his throat is swollen it is best to visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible; there are many different causes for breathing difficulties in dogs and early treatment is important, a dog needs to breathe. The difficulty may be caused by infection, allergies, laryngeal disorders, tracheal disorders, heart failure among other causes; your Veterinarian will listen to Gizmo’s chest (heart and lungs) and may recommend tests based on their findings. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog is 12 years old and he has a hard time breathing at times but when I put a fan by him his breathing goes back to normal eventually! What can cause that?

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Chase
Chow golden retriever
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nose bleed a week ago.

Our new rescue is positive for hear worm and Lyme. I noticed today he started having rapid breathing. Over forty times a minute. Is this from the heart worm? He's being treated for the heart worm now. Only Doxy, prednisone and tramadol.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The increased respiratory rate may be due to the heartworms if the body isn’t receiving enough oxygen, if this persists you may need to take Chase to your Veterinarian’s Office for oxygen therapy; complications may occur during treatment where blood vessels can be occluded by dead heartworms floating in the blood. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi there my dog has had trouble breathing for a long time now I have not really thought much of it because my mom has continuously told me she has had asthma but I think she has a different problem she’s old now she is 10 it’s been going on for about six months now she randomly throughout the day and night and wakes up in her sleep starts having to sleep catch her breath And pant rapidly out her nose for a few minutes like she can’t catch her breath or she’s out of breath. Not sure what is wrong.

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loki
miniture poodle/pomeranian
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

short of breath

Hi I have a miniture poodle cross pomeranian he is 2 He has a breathing problem, trying to breath through his nose and not his mouth with erratic breaths - i suppose weeping - this was fast and it lasted 10 min after that he was weak. but fine then 10m later he vomited clear liquid. thanks anne

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The vomiting of clear fluid would probably be related to the irritation to the throat during the breathing difficulty. The cause of this type of respiratory difficulty is difficult to determine, there maybe an anatomical problem, atrophy of muscles in the throat, tumours, infection, allergies, blocked nasal passages etc… If the episode occurs again, I would visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the exact cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I agree, get rid of the puppy abuser. If your puppy isn't getting better very soon please take him the the vet.

Get rid of the boyfriend. This is animal cruelty. If you have children he will do that to them too. Poor little puppy. So sad.

I have a miniature dachshund. He isn't quite potty trained yet and has an accident on the bed. My boyfriend spanked him, quite hard I believe and now he is having difficulty breathing. Very hard breaths in through the mouth and out through the nostrils. You can see his chest moving with every breath and hear it.

Take the advice. Get rid of the boyfriend

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Prince
Great Dane
45 days
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Problems
cough coming from nose
Breathing problem, cough coming from nose

My dog is 45 days older.His stomach was swellen.Doctor sugested he is sufferring from GDV and immediately given 3 injections to him. But next day i saw some cough coming out of his nose and he was also suffering from respiratory problem i.e: when breathing he is making a noise and also his stomach and ribs are contracting.Now, He is also having some swellen in throat. We examine my puppy to another doctor and he said his x-ray rports are normal. But he is showing some syptoms of pneumonia.
I dont understand whats really hapenning to my puupy..Please suggest

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Prince may have a case of pneumonia or an upper respiratory tract disease; GDV (gastric dilatation and volvulus) is an emergency condition and would require immediate stabilisation and surgical correction. If Prince has pneumonia, broad spectrum antibiotics would be prescribed and if there is a swelling in the throat it would need to be examined and possibly aspirated by your Veterinarian; in some cases swelling in the throat puts pressure on the trachea causing a cough. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

1.But Dr.Callum, Prince his breathing through his mouth but still he finding difficult to breathe, there is some blockage in his throat. Veterinarin are saying that cough is blocking Princes throat.My Veterinarin are using only nebulizer and some syringes to remove this blockage.
2. Prince has not eaten any food from last 2 days, I asked veterinarin to give glucose saline to Prince, but Veterinarin told me 'Saline' will increase Pneumonia ration in Prince body.
3. Prince is having very difficulty in breathing and Veterinarin are not even checking whether right amount of oxygen is passing to his brain.
4. Prince health is becoming more worst as the time is passing.Now Prince is not able to walk properly.
5. Yesterday vetrinarin were saying Prince is having GDV and now today he is saying Prince is suffering from high pneumonia.I am not able to understand what is happening to him.
Please suggest whether this treatment is going in right direction.....or Veterian themselves are confused?

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Larry
Boxer
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

puffy face
Coughing and Gagging When Eating
Itching and Licking

My dog had an eye swollen last night, I thought maybe he got in a fight with his brother. This morning he got up and started shaking his head into the bedding and upon close inspection I realize his face/cheeks are now swollen as well. He keeps making a sound like coughing, like he's choking or something. Could he be having some sort of allergic reaction?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This could a an allergic reaction, with the speed of the swelling and that it is causing coughing; I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian as swelling may cause airway obstruction. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bailey
York/shitsu
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble breathing

My dog can be sleeping or walking when she starts to have trouble breathing. She doesn't breath from her mouth out seems as if she's pushing the air out from her nose or trying to breath from her nose hard and I noticed her stomach also pushes in and out with her head looking down like if she's pushing ? When she drinks water every time she will choke for a second like a cough? And breath fast. Not sure what this could be ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible causes for the symptoms you are describing, but since Bailey is struggling to breathe it would be best to have your Veterinarian check Bailey over to determine the cause and to recommend treatment or management options. Soft palate disorders, laryngeal disorders, inflammation and other causes; so an accurate diagnosis is required to direct treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shelby
Border collie Aussie mix
7 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loud Breathing

My seven year old border collie aussie mix has had intermittent dyspnea. Saw vet last month as things got very bad. Was told he gave 3 vitamin shots, 2 antibiotic and one anti emetic shot. She got better for about 6 weeks noe is sob at rest . Can easily hear difficulty breathing. CHF? Been coming on for long time. Had heartworm cyanide treatment 4-5 years ago. Never been same but is very bad now. Don't have much extra funds. Tested negative for heartworm 6 weeks ago. Help what test? Chest xray or ultrasound first. Could have pulmonary edema

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different conditions which may affect a dog’s breathing which may include infections, allergies, tumours, inflammation, trauma, laryngeal disorders, soft palate disorders, fluid accumulation, heart failure among other causes. A valuable examination would be an auscultation of Shelby’s chest by your Veterinarian with a stethoscope, but an x-ray would also be valuable as the opacity of the lungs, size of the heart, any fluid and other anomalies would be seen easier; if a heart condition is then suspected, echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart) would be a useful next step. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Itu
Jack Russell Terrier
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

My dog has a strange breathing per second can breathe heavily by nose as if it's sneezing two times after two second again and again. I'm scared. Its so heavy breathing.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Breathing difficulties can be caused by allergies, infections, foreign bodies, airway disorders and systemic disease. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian as with an examination I am unable to advise the cause and treatment for the breathing difficulties. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Trip
American Staffordshire Terrier
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing for air
heavy breathing

My dog seems like he is having difficulty breathing. His chest is definitely moving more, but he has his mouth closed. He is also making a wheezing sound and seems more tired than usual. What is wrong with him? We had brought him on a hike a couple days ago and he gets pretty bad environmental allergies. Could this be the problem?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Trip has an allergy to something from your hike also a foreign body picked up and lodged in his airway may cause the same symptoms; if he is struggling to breathe I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian immediately, but until then you can give him Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb every 12 hours to see if that improves his symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Thunder
Maltese
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

respiratory rate between 24- 32 at rest
breathing with effort

Medication Used

enalapril 1.5 tab twice a day
Lasix
vetmedin 5mg 1/2 tab twice a day
spironlactone 1/2 atab twice a day

My dog was diagnosed with heart failure is breathing between 24- 30 while at rest but seems to be
taken deeper breaths, why? is he struggling or is this his new way of compensating?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Resting heart rate for dogs is around 18-34/min depending on the literature you read which would put Thunder in the middle of the range. With heart failure, fluid accumulation and decreased cardiac output may both lead to deeper breaths as the body is not receiving adequate oxygen and the body is responding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dallas
American Staffordshire Terrier
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

sneezing
Itching and Licking

My dig seems to be short of breath after even a short walk. He's 64 lbs AmStaff mix. He also sneezes a lot. Could this shortness of breath be related to allergies? His breathing does resume to normal after resting.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sounds like exercise intolerance - the breeds of staffordshire bull terriers are predisposed to airway disorders; whether it is narrowing of airways, soft palate disorders, laryngeal disorders or other abnormalities. You could try giving Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb twice per day to see if there is any improvement; however I think you would need to speak with your Veterinarian to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mouseley
Yorkshire Terrier
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

My dog is a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix and has very recently began breathing heavily and acting as if trying to clear his nose though going on like this for several minutes. Should I be worried?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The breathing difficulties may be caused by allergies, infection, foreign bodies, polyps, tumors etc… You could try Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb every 12 hours for two days to see if there is any improvement; otherwise you would need to visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Flynn
LABRADORE
6
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Gravelly breathing

My dog has been on a diet now for 8 or 9 months and his weight was 41 Kilos and is now 37 kilos we have noticed in the last 12 months he has lost a lot of weight around his face and in the last two weeks he has had Gravelly breathing when he gets excited or if he is walking a lot but he suffers from ear infections could that be anything to do with his breathing problems

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Flynn is having breathing problems it would be best to have your Veterinarian auscultate the chest to see if there is an infection or another cause of the breathing difficulties. I don’t think that the ear infection is related to the breathing difficulties; but can be taken care of with ear cleaning products from your Veterinarian or pet shop. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Went to the vets today with Flynn he had chest x-rays and bloods taken they didn't find any tumors in his lung thanks Lee but they did find that is valves are not working properly he has got to have a tie back procedure they seem to be concerned because he has lost all his muscle structure around his face and head would you please tell me if he has this done will he lead a normal life afterwards thank you for your quick response back I am truly grateful for any advice you can give me

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Tiny
Maltese
4 yrs old
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

short of breath

Tiny is having like a "hot flashes ", keep sticking out her tongue. She not willing to go to sleep, whe you put her down she keeps running like no reasons and despressly want me to hold her. She eats her food no sign for upset stomach. She goes to pee pee and poo poo normally, and her stools shows normal too. I being trying to feed her water, but she doesn't want to drink.

I checked her legs and body, no signs for any injuries. This symptom just show up today. I wonder.... could it be ear infection? I notice one side of her ear is easy to build up and differcult to clean, than her other side of her ear. Pls.... advise Thank you!! Janet

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ear infections may cause discomfort to dogs and may affect balance etc… regular cleaning would help with that. Other possible causes may be due to head trauma, other infections, abdominal pain and systemic disorders. I would ensure the ear canals are clean and that hydration is adequate; give water by syringe as it may help. If this behaviour continues, visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Dr. Turner, Thank you for your quick reply. I end up force Tiny to drink water by using systemic. I don't understand why she don't walk to the water bowl drink it by herself. But she finally calm down and went to sleep for now. Although the symptom stopped, but she does look a little quiet as usual.
If this really cause by her ear infection, I don't see her scarch her ear today.

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Otis
English bulldog
12 and half
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shallow Rapid Breathing

Have a 12 1/2 yo English bulldog. He's wheezing and when he coughs tries to get something from the back of his throat , but nothing comes out. Not eating much. Drinking a lot of water. Appears to not having strength to go upstairs to go bed. Had to bring bed downstairs . Looks like not interested in doing anything. Can't make it outside to bathroom therefore he is peeing and pooping on himself . He's weak. Breathing thru his nose but very rapidly.
Thank you in advance for your help.








Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bulldogs are prone to respiratory disorders; soft palate disorders, laryngeal disorders, infections, tumours, airway narrowing and other conditions may cause breathing difficulties. It would be best to have your Veterinarian check Otis over to see if there is something that can be treated or managed to make him more comfortable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Please my rottweiler has the same issue as otis owner. Please what is the way forward?

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harry
mixed
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

mild restlessness

Medication Used

none now

my mixed medium sized five year ol;d dog was given predisolone for 11 days after treatment for otitis interna. along with antibiotics and dewormers and ivermectin. it was tapered and now hes off it the last week but he hhas been breathing rapidly up to 40 breaths per minute other times much lower. it started the day before the last dose of prednisolone. should i be worried he doesnt seem distressed or lethargic at all

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The resting respiratory rate for dogs is between 18 to 34 per minute; an increase in the respiratory rate may be due to pain, discomfort or another cause (pharmaceutical etc…), sometime dogs breathe more or less. If you have concerns, you should return to your Veterinarian for a checkup to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Appa
Pug yorkie mix
4 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty of Breathing

Hi I have a pug/yorkie mix and this morning I was taking him out and noticed when he got excited he couldn't breath. I'm not sure what was that caused. It's been few hours and he's not having that problem anymore. I'm not sure if I should go get him checked out.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any dog which has some Pug in it may be prone to narrowed airways due to their anatomy; also Yorkshire Terriers may also have disorders like collapsing trachea etc… These problems may only present during times of excitement, exercise or stress which would correlate to the breathing difficulties when excited; it would be best to visit your Veterinarian to have a check of Appa’s respiratory tract to make sure there is nothing too or immediately serious and to determine a course of treatment if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Duke
Pomeranian
14 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing, hard time breathing

I have a 14 yr old Pomeranian that weighs about 4 lbs. It has been real smokey and hot here, he started coughing and looks like he is having a hard time breathing,. What can I do to make him more comfortable? I was also told his heart could be enlarged.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Duke is having trouble breathing, it may be a case that the smoke is causing irritation to his respiratory tract and with him being small it may be affecting him more than it is you; think canary in a coal mine. If possible, if you could take him to somewhere with clean air and air conditioning to see if there is an improvement in his symptoms; it may be a case that you may need to take him to his Veterinarian as there may be some other underlying conditions which are being aggravated by the smoke and heat. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Casey
Boston Terrier
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Boston I have is about 12 yrs. old..Has developed a lump under her neck...she has a dry cough...breathing mostly in the stomach area...won't lie down...sits for hours...won't come to me and she's not interested in nothing....not eating today, head hanging low...
I don't want to loose her, don't look good....l

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In any case where a dog is having trouble to breathe and is having abdominal breathing I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian immediately as there is nothing you can do at home; it look like this is causing discomfort for Casey and may be caused by salivary gland issues, lymph nodes, abscess or other causes. Your Veterinarian will examine her and may take a fine needle aspirate to assist with the diagnosis. Casey’s sitting and breathing indicate pain or discomfort. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Remi
Mini Australian Shepterrier
7 months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

Medication Used

Antibiotics and steroids

My puppy Remi has started in the last week to breathe heavy and quickly through his nose almost like hyperventilating.
He stretches his body out as well as his neck. The vet was not sure of the causes but thought he might have an inflamed respiratory tract. He has been taken a antibiotics and steroids for 5 days with no improvement should he get a re-evaluation? I

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Stretching out of the body and neck may be an indicator that there is an obstruction or something else stopping Remi from breathing normally; I would recommend returning to your Veterinarian if there is no improvement and getting an x-ray of the chest and neck to look for any anomalies or other issues which may explain the breathing difficulties. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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nugget
chihuahua
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

breathing episodes like gasping for air
sneezing
licking like he's thirsty

My 2 yr old chihuahua had a episode tonight. Sounded like a reverse sneeze that lasted for several minutes but afterwards has had a noise when he was breathing in , then had another episode about 30 minutes later. Hes laying in my lap and keeps licking like he's thirsty and every sooften acts like he has hiccups! We got a kitten a few weeks ago but all this just started lastnight. He has been sneezing for a couple days tho.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Reverse sneezing is an attempt to clear the airways by pulling air in through the nose; usually caused by an irritant that lay be allergens, chemical irritants, infections, foreign bodies, polyps etc… If Nugget is having episode where he is gasping for air, please take him to his Veterinarian for thoracic auscultation, physical examination etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 13 year old min is breathing weird the last 3-4 days. Kind of sounds like he's congested. He's slowed down too, not as active. Vet detected a heart murmur several months ago but not bad enough to need a diuretic at that time. Could this new breathing be related to that? His gagging type cough that he's been occasionally getting for a long time also seems to have progressed.

Now he's got a runny nose ( clear liquid)! Also I have noticed he has been scratching his back and around his tail alot. I have given him a flea bath about 4 days ago and a flea pill about a week ago.

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Asia
Shih Tzu
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Snotty, runny nose. Snoring. Labored breathing.

Medication Used

none

Our dog has episodes while sleeping.
Waking up screaming and not breathing. Every 15 minutes or so. It's almost like she passes out while asleep. Very troubling and causing her and ourselves to not sleep well. I know she's not sleeping well because she is lethargic all day long like how someone who has sleep apnea. Someone suggested putting her in a hot shower for steam therapy which did actually help once. But a second attempt had no change in her condition.

It's there something we can do to relieve her congestion to help her breathe? We plan to take her to the vet but money is an issue at the moment. We're hoping for a home remedy for the time being. Thank you.

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There is a condition similar to sleep apnea in dogs which normally occurs in brachycephalic dogs but may occur in any dog with an elongated soft palate, short face and that is overweight where the airway can be blocked leading to waking up in a panic and not breathing properly; also laryngeal disorders may also cause issues, I know that Veterinary care may be cost prohibitive, but this is something that cannot wait as it is affecting your sleep too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophie
Shepherd mix
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing fast

My dog is a two year old shepherd mix. She is breathing very quickly through her mouth. She has been for about 2 days now. She was acting very tired for a couple days but is playful now. She has been acting normal otherwise. Is this something I should get checked out? There are no other symptoms at this point.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An increase in respiration may be an indicator of a few possibilities: overheating (trying to cool down), pain (can cause an increase in respiration), respiratory issues (infection or other issues) or irritation (chemicals and other irritants). If the problem is continuous, it would be best to see your Veterinarian as soon as possible to have a listen to her lungs and a general examination; if it occurs only sometimes, try to note if there is anything special (did she smell something before for example). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Teddy
toy poodle
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulties

My dog is always seem normal. Playful and active. But I noticed he breathes more through his stomach, as his stomach always goes inwards and outwards when breathing. Is it normal? It happens 24 hours, even when he is sleeping. Just wondered if I should be concerning this more than it looks? Should I take him to a vet? He breathes at normal at rest. But inwards and outwards of the stomach part is still the same.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are noticing that the abdomen is moving whilst breathing, this may indicate an increased respiratory effort which may be caused by a variety of conditions (fluid accumulation, heart disease among others), so it would be best to have your Veterinarian give Teddy a once over to be on the safe side. Without examining Teddy, I cannot say whether you should be concerned. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fuzz
White german sheppard, bay retrever
11 years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weezing caugh
Weezing

I have a white German Sheppard she is 11 years old, in the past couple days she is very low energy, having some difficulty breathing ocasinally laughing up blood and very lethargic, had a xray on her nothing showed up we got a predezone (spelling) from the vet. Any ideas??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for a dog coughing up blood which may include severe respiratory infections, vascular disorders (in the lungs) or blood from the upper respiratory tract dripping in the back of the throat causing cough and possibly gagging as well. I cannot say what the cause is without examining Fuzz myself, but if the prednisone is ineffective, a more comprehensive examination is needed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Larry
French Bulldog
2 Years
Mild condition
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After seizure two days ago my puppy has hard time breathing when we walk. We are taking it easy after ER so when he is at home with AC he is breathing fine. It's only when we go out for very short walk. these two days he is having harder times and it's not hot outside at all. I'm worry if it's pulmonary edema neurological. What should I do? How long it takes to buildup fluids if it's the case?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pulmonary edema may be connected with seizures and other neurological issues, also the conformation of Bulldog’s skulls may also contribute to other problems by impeding airflow. If moderate exercise is causing Larry to get out of breath, it would be best to return to your Veterinarian for a general check to be on the safe side; your Veterinarian may take an x-ray to look at the health of the lungs and trachea. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shooter
American Cocker Spaniel
10
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Couging, gagging, trouble breathing while sleeping

Hello my American cocker spaniel is 10 years old and overweight. When he was 3 his back was broken and at 7 years old he tore his miniscus. So the weight crept up even more. More recently I've noticed really severe allergies and while sleeping he will start coughing, gagging and his breathing is considerably strained. I usually will pat him on the side or the back of the neck to help him and sometimes it works and sometimes not. What could this be? Sleep apnea? Obstruction? Please help. I cannot afford to take him to the vet for I am on dialysis and have not gotten approval for my ssi yet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of coughing and gagging, without examining Shooter I cannot say what the specific cause is; possible causes may be respiratory infections, laryngeal disorders, foreign bodies, allergies, heart disease among other causes. One of the most important things you can do is to put him on a weight loss diet as any extra weight would add extra stress to breathing; you should be keeping him on the lean side which I know can be difficult in cases of injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kod
Siberian Husky
17 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itching,breathing heavy and slow,

My dog earlier was shaking and itching his nose like crazy. We thought he ate something or got bit . He was moving a lot and kept trying to itch his nose. Now it's redish pink over his nose and around mouth. Finally he feel asleep and stopped itching but he seems to have short breaths. In out in out in out...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like something is irritating his nose which caused him some distress and may have narrowed his airway changing how he breathes; when he wakes up offer him a Benadryl (just regular Benadryl) at a dose of 1mg/lb and can be repeated twice per day. Also, clean around his mouth and nose in case there is an irritant having contact with the skin. If there is severe breathing difficulty, you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cookie
Chihuahua
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

short of breath

Hi, I took my dog on a walk today she was having difficulty breathing and stopped walking. She’s been having some tummy issues lately , where her tummy makes crazy sounds , but usually it’s just because she has to go to the bathroom. She’s also had some difficulty pooping recently. Not sure if I should wait it out or take her immediately to the vet. We also just switched her food so maybe that could contribute .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am always concerned when a dog starts having breathing difficulties to the point where they stop walking; abdominal discomfort may cause pain when breathing which may lead to rapid shallow breaths. If Cookie has some tummy noise and her stomach is bubbly there may be gas which can cause discomfort; other causes of breathing difficulty can be due to heart disease, respiratory tract infections, allergies among other causes, a visit to your Veterinarian would be best if she is having difficulty breathing whilst just walking. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Levi
Yorkshire Terrier
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing

My 14yr old Yorkie is breathing heavily and rapid tongue hanging out and greenish goo is running out of his eyes, Please help can't afford a vet. Also running a fever with swollen stomach

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Levi, I'm sorry that he isn't feeling well. Unfortunately, there isn't much that I can do over a chat without seeing him, and it does sound like he needs to see a veterinarian. There are some options that you can consider - many veterinarians offer a 'free first visit' that you could use to have him seen, and most clinics take Care Credit to help with unexpected expenses. There may also be a low cost clinic in your area that you can search for, as they are becoming a little more common. I hope that you are able to get help for him.

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Keira
Miniature Schnauzer
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

Metacam

My dogs breathing sounds shallow and also she sometimes is reaching trying to throw up. When I walk her her breathing is shallow at first but after a while it goes to normal but at some point during the walk near the end(1hr) she will briefly reach. About 2 year ago she had a burrowing tick on her windpipe which vet removed with pilers(seemed a difficult job it broke and half was stuck in but eventually got rid). Just to add 6months ago dog had limp and was been giving metacam for a few months but started getting sick so I stopped giving and dog no longer limps. Also to add she had an op to have 2 lumps removed 6 months ago vet said they came out clean. I'm taking her to the vet now but would like your opinion cheers. Also the breathing isn't a constant thing at rest she can be quite but it's always there.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes for breathing changes in dogs, some of which may be indicative of some condition which may include infections, pulmonary edema, laryngeal disorders, tracheal disorders, narrowing airways, heart disease among other issues. It is difficult to pin down a possible cause without examining a patient, but it is good that you are visiting your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
Malti-Poo
7 years, 4 months
Moderate condition
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My multipoint started experiencing difficulty breathing lately, and it seems it happened after a trip to a very good groomer. The dogs are treated like their own, but this time, someone cut his face and ears a little strange, and he has been scratching at his ears, even after I trimmed them down from a long, straight-across look. Yuck! But, my point is, he has been scratching at them and whines when I try to put oil in them and see if there’s anything in them. He has also been startled by a sudden attack of not being able to breathe. He’s come out from under the bed, where he hangs out sometimes, and can’t get his breath, and gasps for air. He’s never done this before. .
He seems scared, and comes to me, and I can’t really do anything but comfort him, and then it goes away. He’s also been sneezing a tad. I’m wondering if his ears stayed wet and he got something. Hes also scratching all the time, and I’ve been giving him fish oil for that. He’s also knowing at a wound from having a growth removed on the front of his leg. Could this be the case, and should I get him in to the vet? Thank you!
I also have concerns about traveling to VA with him, but he has terrible separation anxiety issues, and now I hardly leave him, unless someone is here, but I live alone with my rescued ex-breeder, and 2 cats. Thank you!,
I adopted him a little over a year ago, and he was a breeder, so I don’t know what his life was like before I got him, but he needs some training. Goes # 1 in the house on my furniture legs and on walls, I think, to override cat pee.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally if there is an ear infection, you would smell it; there are a few possible causes which may include irritation from grooming products, cross contamination from grooming tools and other issues. It is difficult to say what the specific cause is without an examination; what is concerning me is the breathing difficulties which he is suffering from, anytime an animal has breathing troubles you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Prada
pitbull
11 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid Breathing rapid pulse & heart
Rapid Breathing rapid pulse

Pup pitbull today breathing heavily can see the movement of her body breathing and shaking, her heart racing and pulse, eyes seem to be red also. She also isn’t full of life as the usual. Help please.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Heavy breathing may be due to pain, respiratory obstruction, poisoning, infections among other issues; given the severity of the symptoms I would suggest having your Veterinarian take a look at Prada as there are a few different causes which require different treatments. Anytime a patient is having breathing difficulties, it should be treated as an emergency and should be taken into her Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kylie
Black Labrador
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble breathing gasping for air
Trouble breathing

My 14 year old black lab has trouble breathing and just this morning it seemed like she was gasping for air. It is a high pitched breath. Her ribs were moving up and down to the point where it seemed abnormal. What do you think this is?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Kylie is having this trouble. She should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible, as not being able to breath is a terrible way to suffer. It could be a number of things, including asthma, bacterial or fungal lung disease, bronchitis, or cancer. She needs to be examined so that your veterinarian can plan the best course of action for her. I hope that she is okay.

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smokey
LABADOR RETRIEVER
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Medication Used

Rimadyl

I have a 13yr chocolate Lab, that started out with three fatty tumors one underneath his neck two in the arm pit area. That was 3yrs ago he now has multiple fatty tumors all over his chest and abdomen area they look ping pong balls. I took him to vet because his breathing has changed he pants at the slightest exertion, after a walk it takes at least 30min for him to stop panting and his bark sounds hoarse. My vet was only concern with his hips not the fatty tumors, we had one of the tumors aspirated, it was negative that was 3yrs ago. I'm concern that his tumors may be cancerous. How many fatty tumor can a dog have and still be consider normal? I welcome any suggestions, thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normal is a very vague term in medicine; when it comes to lipomas there is no normal amount apart from zero but we look at lipomas as being either intrusive or nonintrusive. Most lipomas do not cause any problems and most dogs are able to live their lives without having the lipomas removed; some lipomas may form near limbs which may obstruction movement or make movement difficult, in these cases we generally recommend lumpectomies. This is really a case by case basis, surgical removal may be considered but the lipomas will most likely keep forming; some dogs seem more prone to them than others. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Legolas
Pit bull
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy Breathing

My 10 year old pitbull out of nowhere starts breathing heavily. He breathes once, stops then breaths heavily again. Like it's difficult for him to breath. His head is down whenever he does it. Sometimes he's sleeping and snores really loud and it's as if he were to vomit, but doesn't. Can you please help me? I don't know what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Legolas I cannot say what the specific cause of the breathing difficulty is, any case of breathing difficulty should be treated as an Emergency and you should visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian especially if Legolas is struggling to breathe. Infections, allergies, foreign objects, poisoning, trauma, airway disorders (collapse or narrowing), tumours, other masses among other causes may cause breathing difficulty. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ginny
Jackapoo
22 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I have a 22 week old Toy poodle/ Jack Russell cross pup. On a couple of occasions while at rest, she will suddenly start to have what appears to be breathing difficulty, as if she's struggling to get breath in. It has only lasted a few seconds but is quite upsetting to watch. Then she settles down as if nothing has happened. Can you offer any suggestion as to the cause?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any toy poodle or cross may have issues with the trachea where the trachea collapses and may occlude the airway but this is usually accompanied by a distinctive honking cough; other issues may be laryngeal paralysis, soft palate disorders among other conditions. Without examining Ginny I cannot say for certain what the underlying cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sam
Beagle/terrier mix
Over 10 years, exact age unknw
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Increased respiratory rate
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Vetmedin 2.5
Lasix
Enalapril

My dog Sam was diagnosed 7 months ago with heart disease. He's been taking enalapril and vetmedin since then. Last week he began experiencing increased respiratory rate at rest. Although chest xrays were typical for CHF he was started on Lasix. The condition has not improved, but has not gotten significantly worse either. Besides the increased RR and decreased appetite Sam seems to still be acting normally. I'm trying to avoid further invasive testing and looking for a second opinion.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Reported side effects of VETMEDIN and enalapril are loss of appetite, dyspnea, lethargy, diarrhea, azotemia, weakness, and ataxia; since Sam is showing some signs of side effects of the prescribed medication, I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian to ensure that the side effects are nothing to be concerned about. It is to be noted that VETMEDIN is not to be used in cases of heart failure caused by aetiologies other than atrioventricular valvular insufficiency or dilated cardiomyopathy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Angel
Yorkie/Shitzu
4.5-5
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty of Breathing

my dog is four years old and is a three quarter yorkie one quarter shi tzu mix ... She has always snored while sleeping and when she sets really excited she will start honking so we pinch her nose for a second or two and it stops..We bought her from a puppy mill and if I would have known what a puppy mill actually was at the time I would not have gotten her. She also has problems in both her hips and will need surgery eventually. So my question is : Recently like 8 weeks ago she has started panting especially at night but its getting heavier and more often and the same time she has been breathing through her mouth. I am very worried and I know what I have to do and she has a vet appt. this coming Friday but I would like to know what your thoughts are on this...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Puppy mills are disgusting places, when I worked as a Government Veterinarian in Animal Welfare, the number of puppy mills (and the network of people involved) is amazing. In the UK, the BBC Panorama programme made an investigation into the world of puppy mills; it is worth watching. A honking cough is a trademark of tracheal collapse where the windpipe collapses preventing air from passing; these types of dogs are prone to numerous other conditions affecting the respiratory tract, a visit to your Veterinarian will confirm any airway collapse, narrowing, obstruction or infection. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dusty
Chihuahau
1 and half
Mild condition
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I have a teacup chiuaha.He only breaths through his nose when he gets excited he can't catch his breath.How do I get him to breath through his mouth during this difficult time

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Dusty is unable to breathe through his mouth, this is concerning if he needs to pant to cool down when warm. In this case, there is no other option but to visit your Veterinarian for an examination of the oral cavity and throat to determine if there is an elongated palate or other issue which may not be allowing air to flow through the mouth. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snow
Japanese Spitz
1 Month
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Good day..i have a 1 and half old puppy..and she has breathing issues she keeps walking and looking up w/ her eyes close..whats this?and when she plays i hear odd sound like it came from her neck and chest..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining her, I cannot say what might be going on with her, but if she is having loud noises when she breathes, and walking with her head up, she may have some breathing problems that need to be addressed. It wound be best to have her examined by your veterinarian, as she is very tiny, and young. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Benjamin
English Bulldog
6 to 7 years old
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have a 6 and a half 7 year old male bulldog who is not wanting to eat very much and when he is in the sitting position or Lane position and breathing in when he lets the air out his body kind of bounce he takes slow deep breaths in and out but in the exhaling he seems to struggle he also has lost quite a bit of hair on the back half of his body he doesn't itch or doesn't have any allergy patches or anything just the hair is gone

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible conditions which may be affecting Benjamin which may include hormonal conditions, liver disease, heart failure, respiratory disorders among other causes; I would strongly recommend having your Veterinarian take a look to determine an underlying cause a there are a few different causes with different treatments. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophie
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

bad teeth
bad teeth,

Dear Vet: I have an eleven year old cavalier who for almost 2 years, has stopped breathing when sleeping and she has run to the couch to elevate herself and now she lifts up her neck to breathe. I have taken her to a specialist that charged almost 4 thousand dollars to tell me she has a crooked larynx. Six years ago she had the soft pallet trimmed and nose airways opened up. Sometimes she will fall on her side and shake like a seizure. It seems worse at night. I have an atomizer going to moisten the house air. I listen to her breathe at night or her stopping breathing I don't sleep good. She is worse at night, I run and pick her up and stroke her throat, she shakes her head and makes a deep breath gasping sound. The expensive vet just took all that money and said she would not die from this. And our regular vet is the one that recommended the vet that ripped us off. Is there anything more I can do for her, she is so precious. Thank you Candy Lee

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout examining Sophie, I have a hard time commenting on what might help her, whether she needs medications to manage her larynx problem or not. It seems that you are doing everything that you can at home, and I'm also sure the the veterinarian who diagnosed her larynx problem was doing their job in trying to determine the cause of her breathing problems. It would be best to talk to your veterinarian, as they know her history and her situation, and see if there is anything that she does need to be treated with to make her breathing less erratic. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Phatty
Chihuahua
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble breathing
cough
choking
Incontinence
Eye Discharge
Gagging

Chihuahua has diarrhea, sneezing, coughing, gagging, eye discharge,trouble breathing, incontinence, congestion, and lethargic. It happened suddenly and has been going on 3 days now. I can't afford to take him to a vet right now. What could be wrong with him and how can i treat his conditions at home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any case involving breathing difficulty should be seen by a Veterinarian regardless of cost, there are many causes for the symptoms that Phatty is displaying and I cannot recommend any specific treatment from home and it would be irresponsible to recommend anything without examining Phatty first. If money is an issue, there are charity clinics and nonprofits which can help with the cost of care (see links below). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/ https://iheartdogs.com/cant-pay-for-your-pets-needed-care-these-12-programs-can-help/ www.paws.org/cats-and-dogs/other-services/help-with-veterinary-bills/

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Piper
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hacking weezing shallow breathing

Earlier my dog was hacking like had something in her throat. It went on for a little bit thought maybe she had a hair or something there. She is usually a bery vocal dog howling when excited but when she tried to it was labourer and couldn't get noise out. Now her breathing is different she takes 3 short inhales and one exhale through her nose and she seems very restless. We are watching her closely. Appetite and bathroom duties are not changed but still worried for her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the breathing difficulties that Piper is going through which may include foreign objects, tumours, laryngeal paralysis, infections among other causes; you should keep a close eye on her but if you are noticing she is in distress or may not be getting a sufficient amount of oxygen you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian, if she seems otherwise alright you should visit your regular Veterinarian when they open. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pretty girl
Boxer Mix
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Pretty Girl is about 9 mons old and is a boxer mix. This evening she started breathing or panting like it was hot but it 49 degrees. She's has been doing this constantly for an our 45 min. What could cause a sudden onset of excessive panting so quickly. She's otherwise been healthy and very active.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Pretty Girl. If she is still panting heavily, or having breathing difficulties, she should see a veterinarian immediately. If she seems to have calmed down, perhaps she was scared, or nervous. If it continues, she should see her veterinarian today, as she could be in pain.

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Willa
Mastiff
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid Pulse
Lump

My puppy has growth on her hind leg but the most concerning issuse is her rapid breathing. I have taken her inside out of the heat for near 40 minutes and is still panting

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Willa. Without examining her, i can't say for sure what might be going on with her, but if she seems to be in distress it might be good to take her in to see your veterinarian, or the nearet 24 hour facility. Her panting might be due to a fever, or pain, or an infection that needs to be treated. I hope that she is okay.

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Gunnar
Boxer
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Labored breathing. Vomitted.

My 9 1/2 YO boxer has shallow rapid breathing. Earlier in the afternoon he had vomitted four times. He is walking slowly with his head down. He is drinking alot of water. His body, feet and ears feel cool. Nose is dry.Any idea what could be going on and could it be serious.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Gunnar sounds like he doesn't feel good, and may have something serious going on. He should probably be seen tonight at your nearest 24 hour clinic to have an exam and find out what is going on and if he is okay. He may be having circulatory or heart problems, or GI upset, or any number of other things. It is best to have him seen.

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Jonesy
Labradoodle
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I babysit a little boy for this family and they have a labradoodle so I am with him a lot and recently I have been dog sitting him while the family I work for is on vacation and I have been noticing that when ever he lays down he starts breathing really hard and fast and you can hear the air going through his nose every time he breathes like his nasal passage is blocked and he’s trying to clear it or something and his chest moves up and down like a kid who is about to have an asthma attack and he coughs and burps a lot. His mouth never hangs open when he does this but he does roll flat onto his back and puts his legs in the air sometimes. I’m getting concerned about him and I’m wondering if it’s an emergency or if this is normal or treatable at home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any changing in breathing is concerning, but sometimes when a dog lays in a certain position may may partially obstruct their airway which may be attributable to a few different conditions like elongated soft palate, laryngeal paralysis among other causes. If Jonesy is otherwise well during walking, sitting and play I wouldn’t be too concerned but keep an eye on him; if there is any discharge, gasping for breath or gums are a dark red colour he should be seen by a Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Arnie
Jack Russell Terrier
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fast Breathing
Hard breathing
Coughing

My dog started breathing fast and hard about 10 days ago. The first night he couldn't lay down due to breathing. Then the next day he wasn't as bad then for a few days he was back to normal with the odd cough now and then. Then his breathing got bad again for a day then got better again. Then yesterday he was coughing more. then today his breathing is bad again breathing hard and fast with mouth shut stretching his head out to breath. He's still eating and drinking. He's not coughing up any mucus or blood his toilet is the same. His abdomen isn't swollen he doesn't seem to be hurting anywhere and the breathing issue only seems to last for a day or 2. What could this be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us. His breathing pattern is worrisome, and should be seen by your veterinarian. Possible causes could be heart failure, heartworm disease, fungal or bacterial pneumonia, or pulmonary masses. Your veterinarian can examine him, listen to him, see if x-rays might be needed, and get him on treatment so that he isn't having such a hard time breathing.

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Yasmin Marie
Black Labrador
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Snoring
Loud Breathing

My lab has been experiencing some irregularity in her breathing. In short, she sounds a lot like death Vader as we now call her. Very loud breathing and now snoring in her sleep. This is startling to us because she has always been a very mute and quiet dog and we aren’t sure what to do. Nothing seems to trigger it worse and high activity isn’t bothering her either, just louder breathing. Any advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for louder breathing especially as a dog ages which may include laryngeal paralysis, soft palate disorders, narrowing of airways, thyroid enlargement, polyps or other masses (tumours) among other causes. You should have Yasmin Marie checked over by your Veterinarian after the holidays to see if the cause is something to be concerned about or just something related to aging, if she seems in distress you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rambo
German Shepherd Dog
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

My dog did not want to eat at all today. We had a party last night and I'm not sure if he ate something he wasn't supposed to. He only drank a few sips of water. He is breathing pretty hard and slow, as if something is blocking his airway. He is not himself at all. He won't come if we call him but he can walk a few steps. When he sits, his head is tilted a bit up. He won't bark or even open his mouth. He makes groaning sounds every now and then. I'm sure I should take him to a vet but they're very expensive where I'm from. I need advice on what i can do to help my pup breathe better asap.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Rambo has a foreign body in his throat or mouth you would need to visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian to have it removed; from you description and the head positioning, it does sound suggestive of a foreign object partially obstructing the airway. There is no at home treatment I can recommend you do in this case since attempting the removal yourself may cause more harm than good; you should visit a Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian regardless of cost to help Rambo. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Romeo
Pug
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and heart murmur and chronic bronchitis. He has episodes in September after walk were he wheezing, coughing, gagging and rapid breathing. He had pneumonia which all cleared now. What i dont understand is why my dog is still breathing using his stomach which goes in and out so much.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Romeo still has a increased respiratory effort and in doing so is abdominal breathing where pressure in the abdomen help force the diaphragm up which ‘helps’ exhalation; this is a sign of respiratory distress and should be monitored by your Veterinarian to see if any changes to medication are required. The increased respiratory effort of the abdominal breathing may be a response to fluid in the lungs secondary to heart disease, diaphragmatic hernia among other issues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/canine-pulmonary-hypertension-part-2-diagnosis-and-treatment

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Patch
pit/boxer
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hard/wheezing/snorting breathing an
Trouble breathing

Medication Used

Gave a 1mg
Gave a 1mg benedryl lastnight

I'm not sure how old my dog is because I adopted him from a shelter and they wasn't sure but they thought he was around 1 1/2 & I've had him 4 so hes probably close to 6. Patch is a pit/boxer mix and he started out just coughing a little and I wasn't all that concerned because he had done that before but now he is breathing heavy with like a wheezing/snorting sound and he will stick his nose in the air as if trying to get air, also holding his mouth open when trying to breath more than usual. He has a appointment with a vet at 1 today but was just wondering if you have any ideas on what I may be dealing with and any ideas on what I can do to help him until then.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Patch I cannot listen to his lungs and the rest of his airway to determine what the underlying cause may be; infections, obstructions, heart disease, poisoning, allergies among other causes may be the cause. Your Veterinarian will perform a thorough examination and may need to order tests like x-rays or blood tests if they feel it is appropriate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucas
Shar-Pei Pitbull
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing short quick breaths

My puppy is 3 months old. He peed and I went to make him smell it to scold him. I had him by the collar and he freaked out. He peed himself and I swear it looked like he died for a minute. I pulled him onto my chest. He has been breathing rapidly ever since, for the last 2 hours. He drank some water. Looked like he was going to puke a couple of times, but didn’t. He is walking around a bit but lethargic. His breaths are short and quick. Mouth closed, he looks so sad. What do you think happened. I’m extreamly worried.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Lucas is a baby, and scolding him for urinating or defecating in the house only makes him scared. They don't understand when you are mad at them for that, and only get confused that you are angry. He sounds like he was scared of you being angry, and struggled. In the struggle, he may have injured himself. He should be examined by your veterinarian as soon as possible to make sure that he is okay. Once you have determined that he is okay, just remember that dogs respond much better to positive training, where they are rewarded for doing something good, then negative training, where they are punished for doing something bad. Rewarding him for peeing outside (good boy Lucas!!) will go much farther in his training than scolding him, and he won't be scared of you. I hope everything goes well for him.

I thought this was a place I could get veterinarian advice. Otherwise I would has looked up the dog whisperer. I don't know where in my comment that I mentioned that I was mad or angry with my puppy. Scolding doesn't have to be an angry thing. Simply (No Lucas) I do reward him for peeing in the right place and also show him where it's not OK to pee. Which was not the concern really. So thank you for making it clear that this is simply an opinionated blog and not a place to seek veterinarian advice. he actually had pneumonia and an infection and passed a few hours later.

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Rocky
Australian Shepherd
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No appetite
Weakness
Diarrhea
Lethargy
scoots across floor
won't drink water

My dog has diarrhea, is lethargic, not eating or drinking, looks like he might be either limping or just too exhausted to walk. He also was scooting across the grass this morning. He is a 10-yr-old, 70 lb Australian Shepard mix and yesterday he seemed fine. Is this something I need to visit an emergency vet for or do I wait for a bit to see if he starts to feel better?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Rocky isn’t drinking or eating you should visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian immediately especially if there is diarrhoea as that would cause him to become dehydrated; without examining Rocky I cannot say how severe the symptoms are and whether emergency care is needed. But, Rocky may be dehydrated and may require fluid therapy; if you are unsure visit a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baily
Pit bull
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Problems
Breathing Difficulty

Yesterday my dog was breathing a little labored then today it's the exact opposite she is breathing fast and hard is there anything I can do for her I don't have money for a vet and I am extremely worried about her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pitbulls may experience some breathing issues due to their head shape; but may also have issues due to infections, allergies, laryngeal disorders among others. Without examining Baily I cannot give you much guidance as different problems have different treatments or management; I would keep a close eye on Baily to ensure that there is no struggling to breathe, if he is struggling to breathe or this doesn’t resolve within two or three days you would need to visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have some very tiny Yorkie puppies. I had trouble with one of the puppies seeming lethargic, labored breathing, no strength (can not stand or walk). I gave it amoxicillin and forced water , honey and puppy milk bought at the pet store. He recovered, but now I have a little larger puppy that is displaying the same systems. What could this be ? I am with the puppies constantly, even through the night I get up to check on them. There is no fever

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versace
Poodle with shitzu
5 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Honking noise,wheezing

I have a poodle that was given to me, so I don't really know the age. I took her to PetCo to start her shots over because I don't know if she had any. However, she has this honking noise when she barks sometimes and when I took her to get her hair cut they said her breathing was bad.

The vet a petco, stated that she is around 5 years old.

What should I do about the breathing and is it expensive for her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The honking noise would be indicative of tracheal collapse where the windpipe flattens during normal respiration and causes the characteristic goose honk; treatment may be surgical or medical depending on severity. This would be something to discuss with your Veterinarian to diagnose (confirm) and to discuss a treatment plan. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/tracheal-collapse
www.acvs.org/small-animal/tracheal-collapse

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Smartie
Border Collie
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

labored breathing when standing

Our 13 year old Australian Shepperd/Border collie has been having troubles with her back legs lately(old age) and also her breathing over the last year or two has been slowly becoming a bit labored. Last night she was fine on her walk and was moving at a fairly brisk pace, even played a bit in the snow. However this morning she came back from her walk and collapsed outside and was really struggling to get her breath , almost as if there was something stuck in her windpipe. I was about to rush her to emergency when she seemed to calm down and then proceeded to eat her regular breakfast. Then took her outside later in day and she started to almost hyperventilate after a few moments. So brought her back inside and after less than a minute she calmed down and drank a bowl of water. She never moved from her spot since this morning, however tonight she did get up and slowly move to another room. As stated she seems to be eating and drinking okay. She also had her checkup just a month ago and the vet did notice her breathing and just mentioned that it may be a sign of laryngeal paralysis.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If she is having these problems, she needs to follow up with her veterinarian. I cannot help her over an email, and if she has laryngeal paralysis that is causing clinical signs, she needs to be treated. Your veterinarian will be able to assess her and treat her appropriately. I hope that she does well.

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Ziggy
Lab mix. Med. size
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

tachypnea
Dyspnea on exertio

My dog was eating his dinner (hard dog food) last night when he began what I thought was choking, I gave him the Heimlich maneuver which helped. Today about 16 hours after the choking episode, he began having difficulty breathing. His breathing was loud and rapid through his nose with a closed mouth and he was in a wide stance. I tipped him upside down as I read up on dog first aid/ CPR after last nights scary episode. This helped regulate his breathing, but it happened one more time and it took him a couple of minutes to fully regulate his breathing back to normal. He is prone to allergies and his gums are not an unusual color and his respiration has been normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different causes for breathing difficulties including allergies, infection, foreign bodies, trauma, chemical irritation, laryngeal paralysis, tumours, airway narrowing and other conditions. It is difficult to say exactly the actual cause; since Ziggy has had two episodes already, it would be best to have your Veterinarian have a listen to his lungs and have a general check to make sure that there isn’t anything to be concerned about. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What was the outcome with Ziggy?

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Freddie
French Bulldog
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing mostly at night

My dog has a swollen larynx and bad infection which has been treated with antibiotics anti inflammatory and now he is on steroids but although the infection seems better he is breathing rapidly at night and is definitely not his usual self he is eating soft food and plenty of it but is not putting on any of the weight he lost in the beginning.he is 4 years old and never had any breathing problems before .

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Because Freddie is a short-nosed breed, he is at higher risk of complications from any respiratory problems - if he is not recovering completely, it would be a good idea to have a recheck with your veterinarian to make sure that he is okay. Your veterinarian will be able to assess his cardiovascular and respiratory systems and make sure that he is recovering as expected. I hope that he does well. .

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Shivers
Wiener, corgi, Chihuahua
17 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Confused
Whining
Weakness
Incontinence

Medication Used

Phenobarbital
Lasix

My dog shivers has had chronic heart fallure for he last year. Two days ago he had a full body seizure. The vet said he may have too much liquid in his lungs or he may have developed a brain tumor. Shivers is 17 years old so they do not recommend and MRI because of anesthesia. Lately he has not had seizures because he is on phenobarbital to calm them. (Had two facial before being given medicine). He is now weak can barely walk, restless, whining constantly, and confused. Are these symptoms normal? Should I be worried and take him off the PB? Will he get over these symptoms?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In a dog as old as Shivers it is difficult to know what the best for him would be given the severity of his symptoms; I don’t think he should be taken off the phenobarbital unless it is indicated by your Veterinarian. Care in an aging dog can be difficult and unrewarding at times, you should discuss Shivers’ current health with your Veterinarian and discuss a plan moving forward. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coco
Pug
16 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

She wont react anything at that tim

Medication Used

Fresh Air

Hi My 1.5 Year Pug sometimes she start making noise with closed mouth and little bit tongue out. As per me at that time she must be suffering from breathing problem. I get scared at that moment. So what I do, I took her out in fresh air. Is it really a problem for her or it normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pugs are known for having breathing issues due to their face shape and any change in breathing noises should be seen by your Veterinarian especially if there are signs of breathing difficulties. It may be a case of narrowed airways, irritation, anatomical disorders among other causes. Visit your Veterinarian for a check to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
Shihtzu chihuahua mix
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hard time breathing when awake

So I have a puppy a little over a year old. He’s a shih tzu chihuahua mix, and I noticed when he’s drinking water after he kind of chokes a little. And lately he’s been sounding like he’s having trouble breathing. I also have a shihtzu full bred and he also has a hard time breathing but I know it’s because his passage ways are probably more narrow. But the way my puppy is breathing sounds just like how my shihtzu sounds. My puppy has been having a hard time more than usual, and only when he’s away. Should I be concerned? I feel really worried.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Leo, I can't determine if he is having problems that you should be worried about. At his age, he should have grown out of any developmental problems, and it would probably be a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian to determine if he is having any problem that required treatment, and to make sure that he is okay.

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Sasha
Labrador
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulties

My Sasha is a 14 year old Lab/Blue heeler cross. She has had a wonderful pampered and very healthy life until now. She has now started panting all the time and seems to have a blocked nose with some blood. She cannot settle or lie flay out on her side which she has always done and consequently not sleeping well and stressed. I can't bear seeing her like this.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be best at this point to have Sasha seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to examine her, determine why she seems to be having these problems, and recommend any testing or treatments that might help. Not being able to breathe or rest would be exhausting, and your veterinarian may be able to help her. I hope that all goes well for her.

Thank you I have had her seen by a vet and have some medication so just taking it day by day.

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n/a
Japanese Spitz
1 Month
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Appears weak
Breathing Difficulty

Hi. My spitz gave birth to 7 puppies. One of them seems to have issues breathing especially after eating or drinking milk and is the smallest of the litter. Its also very quiet and doesn't move around often compared to the rest. They're around 1 month old. Should i be worried? Will it grow out of this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few issues which may be occurring here with this pup, we need to be concerned about palate defects and the risk of aspiration pneumonia; if the symptoms present after eating or drinking it is possible that there is a defect in the palate or other issue which may cause respiratory symptoms. You should check inside the mouth with a light to look for any signs of a defect and consult with your Veterinarian regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Faith
Border Collie
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fast Breathing

Hi there I have a border collie and lab mix she is a bout 10 my mom told me she has asthma and this is why I didn’t seek help earlier but this problem has gone on for longer than six months now but she has episodes of rapidly breeze heavy and catching her breath and they last for a couple minutes they wake her up up out of her sleep in the middle the night as well happen quite often throughout the day and are starting to happen more frequently now I’m not sure what is happening but I am getting concerned

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since I cannot examine Faith or determine what her lungs and heart sound like, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to see her, take x-rays if needed, and see what is going on with her. If she needs any treatment, they'll be able to advise you on what that might be. I hope that she is okay.

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Polly
Chihuahua
8 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

none

Medication Used

Monthly heartworm and flea preventi

I have a rescue Chihuahua. Apparently, she was in bad shape when the rescue got her and she had been living on the streets as a stray. She had extensive dental issues, a hematoma on her ear, and she suffers from nerve damage that causes her back food to curl under. As a result, she has developed “pads” on the top of her foot. Due to these issues they really could not give a good guess at her age. Her dental issues and hematoma were resolved. There is nothing that can be done regarding her foot- but it doesn’t really affect her. Though she is a little overweight, but not much.
Here is the problem:
Several weeks ago, I woke up in the middle of the night hearing her wretch. I picked her up and realized that she was completely limp – like dead limp. I discovered that her front paw was caught in her collar. I removed the collar and she slowly regained her breathing and went back to normal.
A few weeks after that I heard her again in the middle of the night, seemingly gasping for air. She had gotten turned over on her back and her face was jammed in the cushioning of her dog bed. I picked her up, again she was limp, and shook her a little. Her breathing returned to normal and she appeared fine.
Last night I heard her and something told me she was in distress again. I picked her up and she was completely limp – I was certain she was dead. Shaking her and holding her up did not revive her. I put my mouth over her nose and mouth and blew a strong breath. She “came back to life”.
I stayed awake the rest of the night with my hand on her chest to be sure she was breathing.
I am scared sick that if I don’t wake up next time it will be too late. I am also getting sleep deprived as I can’t sleep worrying I won’t hear her. She is eating, drinking and potty-ing normally.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different causes for breathing difficulties; this may be due to sleeping position, neurological issues, cutting off airflow accidentally (like placing paw through collar) among other causes. Without examining Polly I cannot say what the specific cause is for the breathing difficulties, but you should discuss with your Veterinarian and try to note sleeping position and head position of each event. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Belladonna
Pomeranian
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

fainting, seizures

took her to the vet at first sign of issue took her because she sounded congested and like she couldn't breath when she got excited and the she seemed to pass out or have a seizure. the did blood work, xrays gave out anti biotics and nothing no improvement shes has had episodes 6 times this month xrays and blood work revealed nothing now they say she needs an endoscopy but they don't tell me anything seems like they are guessing i already spent $1,642 and now they want another $2,000 for endoscopy. she does not make a honking noise she just sounds out of breath and weezing and gets excited and drops and starts to drool and once she calms a min or so shes back up but not normal, what can it be? she is not over weight accourding to vet she is 6.2 pounds. no heart problems, liver or lungs I am at a loss and bleeding money.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without examining BellaDonna, I am unfortunately unable to give you much insight into what might be going on with her. if you are not sure that your veterinarian is getting to the bottom of her problems, it is never a bad idea to have a second opinion. i hope that you are able to solve her problems.

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Teddy
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Snoring

My dog is 7 lbs. He has a sensitive trachea. I was walking him tonight and he was pulling and choking himself and starting having difficulty breathing. It has been 2 hrs. he is doing ok as long as he doesn't start running around. When he gets excited he starts choking. Do you think he irritated his trachea or could he have done more damage

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Both bichons and poodles are prone to a condition called tracheal collapse where the windpipe flattens causing breathing difficulties. Common signs are breathing difficulties, wheezing on inhaling, honking cough and exercise intolerance. If the breathing difficulties continue, visit your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian for an examination (and possible oxygen therapy). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 12 yr old small yorkie. She pants a lot early evening.

I have pug who has chronic bronchitis which has been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. He is on puffer and pulmonary hypertension meds. Ever since he diagnosed My dog uses his stomach to breath but does not look like he any difficult breathing. There no cough or wheezing anymore. Its just concerns me why is stomach goes in and out so much.

I just got a dog from a family friend she's a red nose pitty mixed with an English bulldog I'm not completely sure yet tho I have to check that out some more. But my real concern is that her tounge is extremely over sized.. it's even hard for her to keep the whole thing in her mouth completely it's mostly always hanging out and her mouth I guess has shifted due to the fact of her tounge being so large.. her breathing is so egregular it scares me she snores like crazy and when she's not asleep and just hanging out her breathing is so loud it just sounds like a human snoring.. I've had her for two days now but I'm in love with her she's apart of my family now & I want to do the best thing for her I haven't reregistered her yet her old owner has to give me the documents but I was hoping you could give me some edvice on what I should do and what to expect from the vet!! Please .- Sandy a new and extremely concerned dog owner!

I have an older dog. He randomly started licking his lips a lot and making hiccup sounds. This has been going on for about 20 minutes. He's now laying on my bed and his breathing is shallow. Every time he swallows, he makes this hiccup sound. What is going on?? Is it an emergency??

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Rough but
Put bull
6 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy Breathing

Medication Used

none

My dog has her head up won’t put it down like she’s in pain and breathing heavy sometimes coughing a clears substance she’s 7 months old. She’s usually running and jumping now she’s just laying here breathing heavy

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Rough But is having difficulty breathing, holding her head up and not able to breathe normally, she needs to be seen at your nearest emergency clinic immediately. She may have an infection, allergy, or underlying heart or lung condition, and breathing problems are not something that you want to just wait and see if she is okay. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Mocha
Chihuahua
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

tachypnea at rest
Coughing

My 16 year old chihuahua is fairly healthy and has never had any medical conditions. She is now having what sounds like coughing spells. Intermittently, sporadically and after drinking water. She is breathing around 64 respirations per minute at rest. She wakes at rest and begins what sounds like heavy breathing, panting, crying and leads to coughing it doesn't cease for 15 minutes or longer. We took her to the vet to see if her old decaying teeth were a problem. She was given antibiotics. The vet also said her heart sounded good, so I'm guessing its not CHF. Is it possible my dog has bronchitis or aspiration when drinking? What do these signs of tachypnea at rest and coughing spells sound like?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bronchitis and aspiration are both possibilities, but without auscultating Mocha’s chest it is difficult to say what the specific cause is. Laryngeal disorders, tracheal disorders among other conditions should also be considered; however I cannot really comment without having a listen, you should think about visiting another Veterinarian for another opinion especially since the respiratory rate is so high. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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SAMSON
Mixed ( Choclate Lab/ Bull Mastiff)
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy open mouth breathing

Hi my parents dig has been having trouble breathing through is nose. We been to the vet several times, had numerous test done,and still can't figure out what's wrong. Can you help?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, without actually examining Samson and knowing more what testing has been done, there isn't a lot that I can do through an email. Samson may need x-rays, or an endoscopy to determine what the cause of his problem might be. If your veterinarian isn't able to perform an endoscopy, they may need to refer you to a specialist who is able to perform that procedure. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Sunshine
toy poodle
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Drinks too fast hard time breathing
Drinks too fast

My 11 year old toy poodle is diabetic with liver disease she is on insulin and is regulated. Tonight she drank water very fast and some water got stuck in her throat and she couldn't breathe. She fell on her side and was trying to catch her breath I scooped her up and performed a slight heimlich on her until she could breathe. She coughed a couple times, and when she was breathing sounded a little raspy like she had water in her nose. But now she seems fine what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should keep a close eye on Sunshine for the next few days; it is possible that some water got into the nasal cavity causing some breathing difficulties, however we need to be concerned if any was aspirated into the lungs or not. Monitor Sunshine for any other symptoms and take her immediately to an Emergency Veterinarian if you notice any respiratory distress. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Arlo
German Shepherd Husky Mix
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hard time breathing

My german shepherd husky puppy is 6 months old, we recently got him from California and lately I’ve been noticing he is having a hard time breathing when he’s standing, laying down, or even sleeping, he has a hard time sleeping because of it. It sounds like something is blocking him from breathing a tiny bit. What could be the problem? I’m very worried and would like to take action asap if there is anything wrong with him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to examine Arlo, I don't know what might be causing the signs that you describe, but if his breathing is severe enough to keep him from sleeping, he needs to be seen right away by a veterinarian. He may have pneumonia, an anatomic defect that needs to be fixed, or a heart condition. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, determine what might be wrong, and recommend any needed tests or treatments for him. I hope that he is okay.

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Rocky
Chihuahua
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Problems

Hi, I have a small Chihuahua and his breathing patterns are giving me a bit of a scare. I rescued him from an abused home and i can tell that his anxiety acts up most parts of the day. but what scares me is that he sometimes starts to breathe very hard to the point where his muscles tense up towards his ribs. (I know that isn't normal since I had another rescue dog last year who had respiratory issues.) It mostly happens at nighttime when he's going to sleep. This doesn't happen after he's done excessive movement or after a walk. Before i had to put down my other dog from heart palpitations, he would have the same breathing fits as Rocky does now. And that's what scares me most, I won't be able to pay for treatment.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This type of breathing may be due to inadequate amount of oxygen getting to the lungs (laryngeal disorders, tracheal disorders etc…) or due to severe pain; without examining Rocky I cannot say where or what the specific issue is. I understand that you may not be able to afford treatment for Rocky, but a visit to at least diagnose the problem would be valuable; since Rocky is a rescue, speak with some local charity clinics in your area as they may be able to offer some assistance (to at least narrow down the underlying cause). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maxwell
Border Collie
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bronchial Inflammation
Microcardia
tachypnea
High respiratory rate

Medication Used

antibiotics

I have a 4 year old border collie aussie mix. A few weeks ago I took him into the vet for abnormal breathing. Respiratory rate around 60 per minute, last exam a year ago was 40.
For a week or so it seemed like his energy level had decreased as well so it got me worrying. When i took him in they did a chest ray. Vet suspected valley fever, heart worm, or worst case scenario lung disease. After a radiologist reviewed, i found out that max appears to have a slightly smaller heart then normal along with some inflammation in his bronchial tube. Other then the suggestion of bronchitus and addisons disease it was deemed an “unremarkable study”.bloodwork also came back normal, white blood cell count normal, etc.
He tested negative for all the main illnesses along with addisons disease. For the last week, he has been on an antibiotic but it doesn’t really seem to make a difference. I have noticed that when he is in a deep sleep late at night his breathing gets deeper and slower. Sometimes he seems to relax his breathing when he is standing at times.
Other than the faster breathing, he is doing great. Eats and drinks normal, no digestive issue, his breathing is fairly quiet sometimes i can hear him breathing through his nose, great energy level, still gets the border collie spaz attacks, gum color looks pink and returns to normal after being pressed on. Heart rate was also normal. The vet is going to talk to a specialist and suggested possibly a steroid if the antibiotics dont work. I really hope these aren’t the first signs of lung disease. Thoughts on other possibilities?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that your veterinarian has covered all of the possibilities that come to mind, and is doing a thorough job managing what is going on with Maxwell. They may have some other suggestions once they talk to the specialist, but many bad diseases have been ruled out. I hope that all goes well for him!

I was diagnosed with COPD 5 years ago and was taking Spiriva and Advair plus nose sprays to slow down progression. My symptoms have always been shortness of breath, and dizziness. I am a 54 year old male. the Spiriva wasn’t really working and I could not tolerate them for long due to severe side effects, so this year our family doctor started me on Natural Herbal Gardens COPD Herbal mixture, We ordered their COPD herbal treatment after reading alot of positive reviews, i am happy to report with the help of Natural Herbal Garden natural herbs I have been able to reverse my symptoms using herbs, my symptoms totally declined over a 9 weeks use of the Natural Herbal Gardens COPD natural herbal formula. My COPD is totally reversed! Their official web page is www . naturalherbalgardens . com After the herbal treatment I also finally was able to give up smoking after 20 years. I ‘m thankful to nature

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Chanel
Chihuahua
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen mouth
Trouble breathing

My chihuahua is 12 years old. My vet recently told me her mouth is swollen and she may need dental work. However, over the past week she has been sounding like she is a barking seal. and then this morning all of a sudden she seems like she is breathing quite quickly. Through her mouth. And I can see her chest expanding when she breathes. Is this all related to the dental work?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling of the mouth may cause may cause breathing difficulties depending on the specific cause of the swelling; other issues may be due to a variety of different causes. If it seems that Chanel is having difficulty breathing I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side and to determine the specific cause of the breathing issues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sadie
Golden Retriever
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

groaning, breathing heavy

Medication Used

rymadyl

The past few days my 11 year old golden has been acting off. We thought it was her arthritis acting up from overdoing it in the yard with my uncle. She is groaning excessively and breathing heavy. She groans/makes noise while breathing heavy with mouth open. Even with her mouth closed right now she's not breathing normal. She won't eat her dry food (she has a couple bad teeth so that's not something new) and I have to hand feed her her wet food. She'll only eat a little bit though but will beg for scraps like normal when we get our people food. She's drinking water okay but it also eating grass outside. There are a few instances where it seems she's trying to throw up and makes the noise but nothing come up or out. We have an appointment in a week for the vet but should we take her in sooner. This is has been going on for about three days.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Both groaning and breathing heavily are indicators for pain and it may be the current pain management with Rimadyl (carprofen) is ineffective and may need reviewing; without examining Sadie I cannot give you any specific advice apart from to visit your Veterinarian sooner if possible as it does sound like she is in pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you. Took her to vet and had xrays done. She has fluid in her lungs and a suspected mass in her abdomen. Waiting for vet to back after radiologist looks over xrays better and then a plan of action will be made.

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Roco
Podenco Canario
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

Two days ago I returned home after being away for the whole day (which is a rare occurrence). My dog was extremely excited to see me come back and was almost crying with happiness for a few minutes, more excited than I've ever seen him, after which he developed a sort of a hiccup attack with a kind of heavy breathing that lasted for a few hours non stop (never happened before, he was totally healthy before that). The hiccups stopped in the morning, but he seems to still have some difficulty breathing, as if the air is not flowing freely. Ever since this happened he seems quite miserable, tired and almost depressed. It seems that the breathing difficulty is also affecting his ability to rest/sleep peacefully, so I think he is quite tired.
Yesterday he was eating a little grass outside (quite rare for him to do) and seemed like he is trying to throw up, but nothing came out.
We're supposed to see the vet in a few days, but I'm hoping for some advice even before that. Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Rocco is actually having breathing problems to the point where he cannot rest comfortably, I'm not sure that I would wait a few days to have him seen. Breathing problems can be true emergencies, and without being able to see him or evaluate his respiratory or cardiovascular systems, I cannot say if it is okay to wait. I hope that he is okay.

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Ms Sadie
pitbull
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Strange breathing
strange breathing eye discharge wea
strange breathing eye discharge

a few days a go my dog was happy and running around then on wednesday i noticed my dog has greenish sticky eye discharge and was trying to cough something up with some vomiting and seemed to have some difficulty breathing. by that same evening he was no longer coughing anything up but breathing was still strange and his eyes began to get ugly discharge. He seemed better yesterday but today i noticed weakness and lack of appetite or no interest in food or eatting,

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Ms Sadie may have a respiratory tract infection, without examining her I cannot say for certain; you should ensure that the eyes are cleared of any discharge using a warm damp cloth and an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment is applied as directed. You should also visit your Veterinarian for an examination as she may require more systemic treatment than just a little eye ointment and I cannot say for certain without examining her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Onyx
pitbull
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

short of breath

Hi my dog I had every xray every test done ultr sound blood work nothing showed up no answers makes me crazy he gets out of breath I know it's hot bit days it's not just can't walk the distance anymore I just feel like he struggles today I was playing with his toys and his toung was out and stopped playing and we wasn't playing for long I bin saying this I see it get worse around the same time his stomach had a pink spot and never went away now alot more like pimples and all pink then I told them his nose gets real pink and running but the pink is not on his nostril on the bridge and his eyes bin water poor baby he is 5 years old new to us about a year he was in ruff shape with GI problem and more almost lost him he gained weight and on high quality food big turn around just know something not right

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Onyx, I'm not able to see why he may be short of breath, but if he has had x-rays and ultrasound, he may be healthy, and that may be normal for him. If you aren't sure, it is reasonable to have him rechecked by a veterinarian, as they can look at him, listen to his heart, and make sure that he is okay.

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