Breathing Difficulties Average Cost

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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

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
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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

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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
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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

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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
997 Recommendations

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

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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
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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 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.

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.

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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
997 Recommendations

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
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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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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
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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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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
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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
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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
997 Recommendations

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
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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
997 Recommendations

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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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
997 Recommendations

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

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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
997 Recommendations

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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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
997 Recommendations

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
997 Recommendations

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
997 Recommendations

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
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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
997 Recommendations

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
997 Recommendations

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
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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
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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

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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
997 Recommendations

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
997 Recommendations

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
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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
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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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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
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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

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.

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.

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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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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
997 Recommendations
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
997 Recommendations
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
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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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Mild condition

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
997 Recommendations
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
997 Recommendations
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
997 Recommendations
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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