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What is Noisy Breathing?

When a dog has a noisy breathing problem, we as pet owners, cannot easily dismiss it. Not only is the sound disturbing, the actions of our pets as they deal with uncomfortable breathing is a concern as well. Noisy breathing is described as stertor and stridor. Stertor is an inspiratory snoring or gasp. Stridor is is a raspy, wheezing, or vibrating sound upon inhalation (most common) and exhalation.

Noisy breathing can be an indication of many different medical issues. When a dog has a breathing abnormality, whether acquired or congenital, this means an indication of a respiratory issue, which should be evaluated by a veterinarian.

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Symptoms of Noisy Breathing in Dogs

Noisy breathing can be displayed in many ways; the causes for why your dog is breathing with a raspy sound can range from mild to serious. Always see your veterinarian for any changes in your pet’s breathing patterns.

  • Open mouth breathing
  • Exercise intolerance
  •  Restlessness
  • Noise upon inhalation, exhalation or both
  • Coughing
  • Snorting
  • Gagging
  • Labored, difficult breathing (dyspnea)
  • You may see movement of the chest
  • The sounds may be heard even at a distance
  • Snoring
  • He may be asymptomatic at rest, and only breathe noisily during exertion, or he may make the noises all of the time
  • Change or loss of bark
  • There may be a nasal discharge
  • He may have blue mucus membranes (cyanosis)

Types 

Abnormal breathing will result when air passes through areas that may be affected with disease or malformation.

Nares and nasal cavity

  • The nose openings, the nasal cavity, and internal nares open to the pharynx

Nasopharynx 

  • Connects the windpipe with pharynx above the soft palate

Pharynx

  • Connects the mouth and the nasal passages with the esophagus

Larynx

  • Connects the pharynx to the trachea, and is also known as the voice box

Trachea

  • Connects the larynx to the lungs, and is commonly called the windpipe

Causes of Noisy Breathing in Dogs

The causes of stertor and stridor in dogs are many. Some are congenital (present at birth), while others may be acquired due to illness or trauma. Always consult your veterinarian if you notice that your canine family member is having a breathing issue. A few of the causes you may want to have your veterinary care team investigate are listed below.

Nares and nasal cavity

  • Neoplasia (new, uncontrolled tissue growth)
  • Foreign body
  • Collapsed nostrils (stenotic flares)
  • Chronic nasal disease like rhinitis

Nasopharynx

  • Neoplasia
  • Foreign body
  • Nasopharyngeal stenosis (results in poor airflow when the mouth is closed)
  • Polyps

Pharynx

  • Neoplasia
  • Abscess
  • Tonsillar prolapse
  • Retropharyngeal lymphadenopathy (enlargement at the back of the throat)
  • Soft palate elongation

Larynx

  • Neoplasia
  • Laryngeal paralysis (breeds congenitally prone are Bouvier des Flandres, Dalmatian, Siberian Husky, Bulldog and Bull Terrier, while  breeds prone to acquire the paralysis are Saint Bernard, Great Pyrenees, Labrador Retriever, Irish Setter and Great Dane)
  • Laryngeal collapse
  • Everted laryngeal saccules (masses between the vocal folds)

Trachea

  • Tracheal stenosis (windpipe becomes narrow or constricted)
  • Tracheal collapse (tracheal loss of rigidity and prevention of airflow to the lungs, seen in Yorkshire Terriers, Poodles, and Pomeranians) 
  • Foreign object

It should be noted that Brachycephalic syndrome is common to breeds classified as such; the complications are a combination of the elongated soft palate, the stenotic nares, and the everted laryngeal saccules. Breeds predisposed are the Bulldog, Shih Tzu, Pekingese, Chow Chow, Pug, Lhasa Apso, Boxer, Shar Pei, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Boston Terrier.

Diagnosis of Noisy Breathing in Dogs

Sometimes our family pets become very excited when they walk through the veterinary clinic doors. Whether it is the elation about the outing or the stress of the clinical visit, the excitement will perhaps exacerbate the noisy breathing that is already present. While waiting in the reception area of the clinic, try to calm your pet if he is so enthusiastic that the veterinarian will have a difficult time assessing the problem.

Give your veterinarian as much information as possible. Let her know the changes that you have seen in your furry family member, such as a difference in his bark or exercise tolerance. Tell the veterinarian if your pet has had any accidents or trauma of late. As she listens with the stethoscope, your veterinary caregiver might hear sounds that will provide clues as to if there is an obstruction or abnormality.

Radiographs of the head, neck, lungs, and chest may give some insight. Sometimes an elongated palate or a polyp on the windpipe could be evident. Fluoroscopy, which can clearly show the cardiorespiratory system, may be suggested. Further diagnostic tools, like the ultrasound or the computed tomography (CT) scan could be invaluable to assessing the noisy breathing.

In addition, a complete blood count, biochemical profile, and urinalysis will be done to add information to the health evaluation of your dog.

If absolutely necessary, a pharyngoscopy or laryngoscopy will be considered. This will clearly show anatomical changes, but will only be done if the risk of complication (such as airway collapse) is low. Rest assured, if the veterinary team feels this must be done in order to fully diagnose the reason for the stertor and stridor, your pet will be carefully monitored, and the team will be prepared for intervention measures if required.

Treatment of Noisy Breathing in Dogs

Treating the cause of noisy breathing is important, especially if there is risk of respiratory collapse or secondary complications like hyperthermia, aspiration pneumonia, or consistent regurgitation.

Surgical measures are usually what is needed to correct noisy breathing problems. Shortening of an elongated palate, removal of obstructionive polyps, enlarging of nasal openings, and foreign body removal are all possibilities that can bring dramatic improvement for your beloved pet. Your veterinary specialist and her team will discuss with you the best options, cost, prognosis, and aftercare.

Of course, if when you bring your dog into the clinic the situation has already reached critical stages, emergency measures will be taken to permit your dog to breathe more easily, once he has been stabilized.

Recovery of Noisy Breathing in Dogs

Once your pet has been released from the hospital, it is essential that you provide a quiet resting place. A soft bed would be a nice feature to offer your recovering pet. There will be pain medication and antibiotics prescribed, and exercise will be forbidden for 2 weeks. You may notice that your pet still makes noise when he breathes. This is normal, and will last for a week or two because of the swelling at the surgical site. Your veterinarian will advise you on follow up appointments in which to verify that all is well.

As for the future, it is in the best interest of your dog to remain at a weight healthy for his stature. Over strenuous exercise, stress, and exposure to extreme heat and high temperatures must be avoided.

Noisy Breathing Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Rosa
Bichon Frise
4 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loud Breathing

Medication Used

none

Hi my puppy is breathing strange while asleep. She is exhaling quite hard out of her nose. In a semi rapid pattern. No sound except of the air leaving her nostrils as she is pushing it out forcefully. Almost sounds like she is trying to clear her nose.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few reasons why Rosa is having trouble breathing; this may be due to congenital deformities in the upper airways causing narrowing leading to a forceful expiration, infections, foreign bodies or tumours. If the problem isn’t causing any distress (or other symptoms like loss of appetite, fever etc…), it may wait until you visit your Veterinarian for spaying; however, I would recommend visiting before if the problem persists. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

im on debra side i think she makes more since and if you got any thing else to say come on down

To the individual who commented about someone being stupid. Because their dog is in heat and not spayed. YOU MY DEAR-ARE THE IGNORAMUS EXTREME. Better start reading. Better yet-all it takes is some common sense. To know that leaving a male or female dog INTACT-MY DEAR ASSHOLE. Is one of the best things you could do for your dog. Would you fix your 2-3 month old daughter? Would you fix your 5 year old son? Take away what God gave. And strip beneficial hormones. Before you go spewing STUPID. Better do some big reading. And look into the mirror. THERE-you will find STUPID!

My girl has very loud breathing pattern before and after walks worried about her but she loves to run and jump

My Lhasa Apso is in heat, does labored breathing come along with this? Plz help?!

Mine only snores sometimes and sometimes makes weird sounds when awake breathing sometimes

My sisters dog has a breathing prob breeze really hard when he's laying down and he also has a weird sound almost like one of his organs are loose in his chest is the only way I can explain it she took him to one vet with no avail she needs to take him to another one but money is tight it's a darn shame she bought this puppy and now he may be sick any suggestions of what it could be

WHY THE HELL DON'T YOU SPAY YOUR DOG?? ONLY STUPID PEOPLE LET THEIR DOGS GO INTO HEAT!!! STUPID. STUPID. STUPID.

Cathrine A

Wish we could go back in time and tell that to your parents.

My dog has the same thing going on but she has loss of appetite. We are taking her to the vet tomorrow but I'm scared because she is a 13 year old Labrador who might not be able to go through surgery because it would be too dangerous

OMG WHY DONT YOU SPAY OR NEUTER YOURSELF> GOD FORBID THAT YOU REPRODUCE!,lmao

I just started hearing my 12 year old Maltese breathing
It sounds like she is snoring

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Charlie
French Bulldog
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Abnormal breathi

My 3month old puppy started making noises in her breathing this morning after being awake for a couple of hours, similar to a coffee pot, bubbly fluid and a few coughs that sounded a little phlegm like it has since cleared up for the most part over the last 7 hours but am wondering what signs to look or listen for - when or if I need to take her to the vet

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Noisy breathing in dogs may be due to two main causes, the first is due to mucous / phlegm / fluid which can bubble or be heaved creating sound, the other cause is due to narrowing of airways which is usually a congenital problem (which may occur in bulldogs) or inflammatory. I would listen for retching, productive cough (spits something up), snoring, exercise intolerance (gets tired too quickly during playtime) and any other unusual noises that a dog shouldn’t be making. If you have any doubts or you notice any unusual symptoms, visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Should I be concerned my 10 yrs old, 4 lbs, Long Haired Chihuahua snores very loudly, most of the time? I'm concerned it may be a symptom of a medical condition. As far as I know, the only medical issue he has is a mild heart murmur. He was recently diagnosed & currently, he isn't on any medication. Is it possible his snoring is related? Pls feel free to contact me at 917-532-5334 or [email protected]

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Mia
Miniature Schnauzer
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Exhale sounding "heavy"

My 6 year old Mini Schnauzer seems to be fine, but ever since she was a puppy, when she exhales she almost sounds like she's being sat on? Should I take her to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Mia isn’t showing any signs of respiratory distress you should keep an eye on the breathing but bring it up with your Veterinarian at her next checkup, but if it is a long term issue you should visit beforehand to determine if it is something to be concerned about or not. Without auscultating Mia’s chest I cannot say what the cause is or if you should be concerned. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
Beagle
11yrs
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loud Breathing

Medication Used

None
No medications were prescribed

I have an 11 yrs old beagle that has started panting like breathing almost all the time. When he lays down or sleeps, his breathing is normal. He has always snored when sleeping. He is not short of breath or lethargic.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are numerous reasons why a dog would start panting (especially an older dog), these include: pain, stress, heat, lung infection, other lung issues, heart disease or anatomical changes to the upper respiratory tract. Due to the many different possible causes, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to examine Buddy to determine the cause and to prescribe treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Skits
Alaskan Husky
4 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Noisy Breathing
Noisy breathing while asleep

I train and run sled dogs. One of the dogs has rattling sounds in their lungs after they have run. They cough and try to hack up the phlegm for about 10 minutes. I don't notice the raspiness or coughing during the rest of the day. Only as a result of the extended exercise.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few reasons why a dog may have noisy breathing after exercise including infection, tumours, polyps, airway narrowing, laryngeal paralysis or soft palate elongation (especially if noisy breathing whilst sleeping). Your Veterinarian would need to auscultate Skits chest to determine the type of sound and to prescribe some medication (antibiotics for infection, furosemide for fluid). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zackerie
Border collie/ Poodle
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Cough

What is the average price for nosiy breathing? My dog is 13 years old. However, he still acts as if he is a pup. He still gets very excited. Run without coughing. Bark is still the same. He cough's mainly in the apartment.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to give a cost for noisy breathing as the cause may be a simple allergy which may be managed with medication or may be due to laryngeal or tracheal disorders which may require surgery. You should visit your Veterinarian for an initial examination ($50-$90) and see which tests are recommended based on the auscultation of the respiratory tract and physical examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Atheena
bulldog
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Laboured raspy breathing even when at rest Read m

Hi there . I am writing from South Africa. I am baby sitting my daughters one year old bulldog whilst she takes a vacation. The dog has a permanent raspy breathing that sounds like an obstruction in the airway. It can be heard from across the house when she is outside.The only time one does not hear her is when she sleeps.Initially I thought it might be stress as the dog lives alone with my daughter in a condo and it now finds itself among st six other friendly dogs. But we are now in the third day, she has settled down and the laboured breathing is ongoing. Any advice would be appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of noisy breathing in dogs, this may be caused by infection, foreign bodies, tumours, abscess, tracheal disorders (tracheal collapse), inflammation or congenital abnormalities (bulldogs are predisposed). Most probably in a change of environment, there may be something new for Atheena which is causing irritation and inflammation leading to a narrowing or blocking of airways. If the breathing isn’t causing any distress, she how Atheena is after she returns home; if there is no improvement after returning home take her to her Veterinarian. If her breathing gets worse or you notice any other symptoms take her to her Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello...my dog suddenly stopped playing,barking nd is very sluggish...nd az a funny tho nt too loud sound when he breathe..

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Delanie
Yorkshire Terrier
3 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Problems

One of my three week old Yorkie puppies has a rasp like breathing pattern like there is fluid in the lungs. I'm not sure. Some times you can't really notice it. Picking her up at first makes it worse. She is very healthy otherwise. Started at birth. Last puppy. Late born puppy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Check Delanie’s palate for clefts since a cleft palate may have allowed milk to flow into the lungs; other causes maybe due to infections, narrow respiratory tract (tracheal collapse), other congenital anomalies or foreign bodies among other causes. It would be best to have Delanie checked by a Veterinarian, but until then ensure that there aren’t any defects in her palate and that she is drinking and eating; if you do notice a defect in the palate, you would need to tube feed her until it is corrected and to get antibiotics for aspiration pneumonia. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Reggie
Bulldog
15 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Raspy breathing, sickness

Hi,
My 15 week old bulldog has got a raspy breathing. This is since Thursday evening when he had a bath and unfortunately we had to pop outside for his wee straight after. The weather was quite cold, is there a chance he may have a cold?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Despite popular belief, there is no direct correlation between being wet or getting out of the bath and going outside and catching a cold; Grandma was wrong (“if you go out without a jacket you’ll get a cold”). Reggie may have caught an infection unrelated to the incident you’re describing, have narrowing of the air passageways, foreign body or congenital issues (he is still a puppy and conditions may develop). If the breathing trouble persists, visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bosephis
Bull Terrier
9 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Red mouth, gas sounds,mucus breathing,sad lookinh

Medication Used

none

My dog has been being slow and weak and has breathing issuea I never noticed beforeim scared vet cost so much but I don't want my baby boy to die whats wrong with him

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are numerous reasons why a dog may have noisy breathing, with the redness of his mouth the cause may be due to allergies or an irritant; have you moved recently, been somewhere new with him or using new cleaning products in your home? Other causes of noisy breathing are infection, anatomical anomalies, tumours, polyps, foreign bodies, inflammation, narrowing of the airways. There are many different causes, each with a different treatment; if money is a concern for you, you may try using Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb to see if there is an improvement, if there is no improvement or you see symptoms getting worse you would need to visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a golden dog getting trouble to breath. One day before hard breathing when in the night I heared she screaming and after that her sound like snoring . I saw her filled up plenty fluid that come out from her mouth several times.Could you advise me what to do?

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zeus
boxer X
10.5
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loud breathing

Thank you Dr Turner for answering all these questions thoroughly!
My 10 yr old boxer X has recently started to breathe normal, but louder than usual. He runs well with lots of energy albeit not as long as he used to given his age. If anything he may be breathing shallower than normal. This has been noticeable to me for the last few weeks.. months perhaps. Everything else about him is normal. Is this a sign of old age or should i be taking him to the vet for a check up?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In old age dogs may breathe louder just like humans do; this may be due to a narrowing of airways, laryngeal paralysis, changes of the soft palate etc… Other causes include infections, fluid in the lungs, heart conditions or foreign bodies. The changes you describe sound like Zeus is ageing, but I would still recommend getting him a check up along with some blood tests as these may catch other problems in older dogs which can be addressed before they cause a problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

He is due for a check up so i will bring him in and hope for the best. Thank you very much!

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Carrie
miniature dachshund
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Noisy breathing,

I have a 10 year old miniature dachshund. She recently looks like she is breathing differently. I can see her chest go up and down more and I can hear her breath sometimes. Maybe a little raspy. Just started a couple of days ago. She is still active and has a good appetite. I have a vet appointment for her checkup within the next week.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a change in breathing including infections, hydrothorax, ascites, narrowing of the airways, allergies, laryngeal disorders or foreign bodies. It would be best to have your Veterinarian listen to her lungs and to check the upper respiratory tract for problems. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cat
Bullmastiff
2.5 years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

sitting down during walks
Noisy breathing during exercise

Medication Used

None

My dog has been a bit noisier with her breathing when she goes for walks. It happens towards the end of the walk, after about 2 miles. She also has started sitting down for a while at the end part of her walk.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Nosier breathing may be caused by a few different conditions in a bullmastiff due to their short muzzle which can include airway inflammation, allergies, foreign bodies, elongated soft palate, laryngeal disorders, masses in the throat among others. If the problem continues, visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Summer
Chihuahua Minature Pincher
10years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hard time in
Loud Breathing
Gasping for air

Medication Used

none

Good evening this is a hard time for me I had to put down my dog summer yesterday, I just don't understand it was yesterday morning that her breathing became hard for her the best way to describe it is to say she struggled hard to inhale and exhale I rushed her to my vet who took exrays after putting her under annsteaisa and inserted a breathing tube he said that her larex had completely closed and that she needed immediate surgery by a specialist and the nearest place was an hour and half away and she would not have made it I had to make a choice to let her keep suffering or do what was right I just looking for a little closure on why this could have happened out of the blue she had been doing fine please excuse the misspelling

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Condolences on the loss of Summer, it is natural for you to be looking for answers. It sounds like Summer had laryngeal paralysis where the folds of the larynx don’t open during inhalation causing a breathing difficulties and low oxygen levels in the body. The surgery is laryngeal tie-back surgery which is quite a costly procedure. Laryngeal paralysis can be caused by many different conditions including nerve inflammation, hormonal conditions and trauma for example. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bruno
boerboel
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy breathing

I have a Boerboel of 3 years old. He suddenly started breathing heavily while lying down. He also makes a hissing sound. Should I take him to the vet or what can it be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Breathing difficulties and noisy breathing can be caused by allergies, inflamed airways, chemical irritation, tumours, foreign bodies etc… I cannot say the cause of the noisy breathing and would recommend visiting your Veterinarian if it continues or gets worse. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rabger
Yellow Lab
9 - 12 years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fast brething
Loud Breathing
Gagging
Coughing

My yellow lab was a rescue about 8 years ago. At the time we got him the very said was 1 - 4. So he it's now 9 - 12. He started out coughing/hacking about 4 days ago. I didn't think much of it because he is a fast eater and does this sometimes. But now whenever he gets excited or exerts himself he breaths fast and loud. When he is at rest he seems to breath normal. Is this an emergency? We have a vet apt in 2 days but that seems long.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Rabger is able to breath and isn’t in any distress, it is probably not an emergency; if he just looks like he has a hair at the back of the throat, he can probably wait until your appointment. These symptoms may be caused by a variety of different conditions including throat problems, foreign bodies, infection, autoimmune conditions etc… If you see that he is in distress then visit an emergency clinic immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kenji
Yorkshire Terrier
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Shallow Rapid Breathing
Snoring
snorting
Heavy Breathing

During the day, Kenji will snort as he breaths. When he barks, it is soft and high pitched and he always has to catch his breath. At night, while he's asleep, he'll start off with normal, quiet breathing then within seconds increase to a loud snore which turns into very short, rapid breathing. He'll wake up multiple times in the night and complete he's breathing cycle all over again. This has been going on for months. I'm not convinced this is due to a tracheal collapse, theres nothing unusual aside from his breathing but it could be. Could this also be a sign of heart failure? (I've been researching a lot online)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tracheal collapse is a possibility, but it is usually accompanied by a honking cough which is distinctive diagnostically; other possible causes include allergies, airway inflammation, laryngeal disorders, pulmonary oedema, heart conditions and the list goes on. Your Veterinarian would be able to listen to Kenji’s heart and lungs as well as a general physical examination. Without examining Kenji, I am unable to give you a definitive diagnosis; a x-ray would should the opacity of the lungs, size of the heart and the width of the trachea so would be useful diagnostically. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello..my 8month old lharsa apso...suddenly stopped playing,barking and is quite sluggish...nd az a funny sound though nt too loud while breathing...

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Myleigh
Chow chow
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

fast breathing rate
Heavy Breathing

My just about to turn 10 year old female chow chow has recently (i believe just in the last week or so) begun to breathe heavily and fast while sleeping. I don't notice this abnormal breathing at any other time. Otherwise she eats, drinks, and acts completely normal. I can't see and don't notice any other symptoms. She has history of good health and is taking no medications. She only eats Orijen six fish dried food with boiled chicken breast that i add to her food. That's it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs may develop noisy breathing as they age as do people; this may be caused by a relaxation of the soft palate whilst sleeping, paralysis of the larynx, narrowing of airways, polyps, allergies etc… It would be best to have Myleigh’s respiratory tract examined for any abnormalities as well as a general examination as an aging dog may develop other conditions (heart disease etc…). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
Pit bull mix
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Problems

My year and a half old Pit bull mix periodically makes a sound as though she pushing air from her body. It is almost sounds like "pffffssttt" "pfffffsttt" and most often is only for a few times. I don't know if this is 'reverse sneezing' or something more serious. She doesn't appear to be having trouble breathing at any time and sleeps well at night. The noise is coming completely from the mouth.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some pitbulls can develop some breathing difficulties due to the shape of their head; others may have trouble due to anatomical anomalies like elongated soft palate or laryngeal disorders. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian for a physical examination as they will be able to auscultate their entire airway and determine the cause for the noisy breathing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
Chihuahua
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

slight coughing
noisy breathing
Large chest movements

My dog Buddy has started breathing noisily over the last couple of days. His chest is moving quite a lot when he breathes, his breath sounds raspy and a bit forced on the exhale and he's coughing a little. He does have a heart murmur and recently ate some milk chocolate but chocolate usually doesn't bother him much other than a stomach ache. I don't want to take him to the vets because he is terrified of them and we have to heavily sedate him just to examine him. Any clue what's wrong?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There can be a few possible causes of breathing difficulties including infection, laryngeal problems, soft palate problems among other causes. Whilst I know that Buddy has trouble going to see his Veterinarian and sedating him wouldn’t allow a thorough examination; but your Veterinarian should auscultate the respiratory tract and complete an examination possibly during a home visit as dogs are usually more comfortable in their own surroundings. Without examining Buddy, I cannot tell you for sure what the underlying cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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blue
beagle
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Panting
Coughing

Medication Used

benadryl, tramadol

hi I have a 14 year old beagle who is having problems breathing. he is overweight, always has been, and sleeps about 18-20 hours a day. he has one meal a day, very few treats, and short walks a couple of times a day. he's always had a cough - non productive. the heat bothers him and he pants so heavily that the floor is covered with drool and his neck gets wet. we encourage him to drink as much as he can, and keep a fan on him. the last couple of days he's started making a funny 'squeaking' noise when he pants....what could be causing this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different reasons for noisy breathing but usually doesn’t result in a squeak; squeaking may be caused by narrowing of the airways, laryngeal disorders, tracheal problems, polyps, nasal tumours, infections and other causes. Being overweight wouldn’t help with the breathing issues and would be useful to switch to a weight loss diet. Given his age and the squeaking when panting, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for a physical examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Macy Mae
Beagle
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sharp chest movements
Loud Breathing

Medication Used

Anti itch

My 13 year old beagle has had these same symptoms for years now and veterinarians keep telling me that everything is normal. Loud breathing and sharp chest movements when laying down. Quiet once asleep and fine when upright. No lung problems. Doesn't seem to be in pain. Just struggling like a thick milkshake in a tiny straw.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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As dogs age, just like humans, they may have some noisy breathing when at rest or whilst sleeping; your Veterinarian (and others) would have checked for the usual suspects including laryngeal paralysis, narrowing of airways, tracheal disorders, soft palate disorders as well as infections etc… Once everything else is ruled out, the noise is essentially normal; if you notice exercise intolerance, weakness or collapse revisit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cheeka
Pomeranian
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Raspy inhaling and exhaling sound

My 4 year old dog sounds like she is congested. only started today. Sounds like she has cold symptoms. No runny nose or eyes. Not sure if it's allergies. She does snore all the time, had been doing that for the last year. I do think her snoring may be because she has put on an extra 4 pounds. Closest Vet to me is 2 hours away.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Try to cut down on treats and human food if Cheeka is overweight; noisy breathing may be caused by many different causes, but if allergies are suspected Benadryl at a dose of 1 mg/lb twice per day may alleviate symptoms. Other causes may be due to an elongated soft palate, laryngeal paralysis, narrowing of the airways or a small foreign body. Try the Benadryl first and if you notice no improvement visit your Veterinarian when your next in the direction. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 12 yr old dog that snors when we is awaking and breathing what should I do I'm getting worried And I'm always up at night to see if he needs water or anything. What should I do or give my dog to make it stop.

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Sasha
Lhasa Apso
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

snorting

My Lhasa Apso is 12 years old and has recently started to sound like she is having a hard time breathing. The sound is like snorting. She used to make this noise when she was much younger, but it was not as often. Now it's all day long and just started about a 3 days ago. Is this something I should be concerned with or is this just something that this bread of dog does?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few reasons for snorting noises in dogs, especially in dogs with small narrow airways including infection, allergies, foreign bodies, abscess, dental problems, polyps or other tumours. It may be something simple like you changed some cleaning products in your home which are irritating Sasha’s airway or it may be an obstruction from a polyp; if you have started to use some different products in your home, I would recommend stopping to see if that resolves the problem otherwise if it persist visit your Veterinarian for a quick once over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Olaf
Maltese
2 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Noisy Breathing
Noisy breathing while asleep

Hi, my Maltese had puppies about almost 3 weeks ago. When the smallest puppy is sleeping in almost sounds like there is milk on his lungs. He is playful and picking up weight with a very good appetite. Should I be worried?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases of fluid in the lungs you would normally see lethargy, coughing, difficult rapid breathing, loss of appetite and fever. Olaf may have fluid on his lungs, Maltese dogs are prone to cleft palate which may have allowed milk to drain to his lungs; if he isn’t showing any other signs, monitor him and take him to a Veterinarian if symptoms progress. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boots (Boots2Boots)
Blue Heeler
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Labored and difficult breathing
Restlessness
Gagging

Medication Used

can't afford

Hello, My Blue Heeler has been experiencing Exercise intolerance, Restlessness Noise upon inhalation, exhalation or both, Gagging Labored, difficult breathing and the sounds are heard even at a distance. I took her to a veterinarian In my hometown who suggested that I give her 2 Benadryl a day and it has been helping somewhat. Until I can get her to a veterinarian to confirm whether or not she has what is called "stridor" which is a harsh vibrating noise when breathing, caused by obstruction of the windpipe or larynx.

Some day i have to stick my head to her chest to make sure she is breathing.

I am only asking for advice because i am a disabled veteran and she is my support dog

Thank You

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Noisy laboured breathing maybe caused by a variety of different causes including allergies, obstructions, foreign bodies, infections, chemical irritants (have you changed cleaning products or anything else in your home?), heart disease, tumours, abscesses, elongated soft palate, collapsed trachea or conditions which affect the larynx (paralysis etc…); treatment is cause dependent and would need to be confirmed by your Veterinarian, if the Benadryl has helped it maybe that Boots has allergy problems which could be investigated by intradermal testing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Edie
Labrador Retriever
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loud Breathing

I have 10 mo old lab/pit mix who is the worlds loudest breathing dog. She sound as like a English Bulldog afternoon playing fetch. But when she's sleeps She sleeps on her back and is quiet. I thought the heavy breathing was just a puppy thing we got her at 4 mo but it continues and doesn't seem to effect her behavior, she's very mellow and calm. Hopefully it isn't just a weird quirk, thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Noisy breathing may have many different causes in dogs, especially in puppies including congenital defects (narrow airways, elongated soft palate), obstructions, foreign bodies, laryngeal paralysis, allergies, tumours (too young for tumours) and infections among other causes; since Edie doesn’t make a sound whilst sleeping the cause possibly is due to laryngeal paralysis or elongated soft palate but you would need to visit your Veterinarian to confirm. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bacon
chihuahua mix
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Raspy inhale
Raspy exhale

My boyfriend and I just adopted a 5 month old chihuahua mix from the humane society 3 days ago. Yesterday he started breathing loudly, it sounds almost like he has flem in his throat. It doesn't seem to bother or affect him, he's still very active and playful, the sound also comes and goes seemingly at random. Any ideas on what this could be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Puppies and younger dogs, especially small breeds, may be prone to congenital anomalies or defects like narrowing of air passages, tracheal collapse, laryngeal paralysis or elongated soft palate. Since you just brought Bacon into your home, there may be something there which is causing some respiratory irritation (detergent, cleaning products etc…). Other possible causes may be due to infections, foreign bodies or allergies. If the problem continues, visit your Veterinarian to have an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 8 month old Belgian Malinoise is laboring to breathe when I walk her . She sounds like she is weezing . She fatigues really fast . No loss of appetite and no coughing.

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Arlo
Danish Swedish Farmdog
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

congestion

My 13 year old Danish Swedish Farmdog has been sounding more and more congested when he's sleeping. This started getting worse over the past two years. He get regular checkups and they always say he's healthy; but the congestion certainly sounds worse from an observational viewpoint. Any thoughts of what I should do or is this just part of the dog getting older?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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As dogs get older, their breathing (especially when sleeping) can get louder just like in humans as they age. This can be due to narrowing of airways, relaxation of muscles in the throat, soft palate or mild inflammation of the airways. If Arlo is otherwise generally healthy, I wouldn’t be too concerned; he has been cleared by your Veterinarian on more than one occasion so I wouldn’t be too worried. Obviously, if other symptoms present, then a reevaluation would be needed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shiloh
Chihuahua
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Noisy Breathing
Watery nasal discharge
Reverse sneezing
Stuffy nose,

Hi there! My chihuahua was stung by a bee last week, she had an allergic reaction and threw up A LOT, she also had some trouble breathing because she was stung inside her mouth. I rushed her to the vet where she got a shot of prednisone and had the stinger removed and her condition improved pretty much instantly. The day after I started noticing that she sounds like she has a snotty nose when she inhales, at times it seems like she has some trouble breathing for a few breaths. She also reverse sneezes about twice daily which is more than usual for her. I am worried about aspiration pneumonia. She is otherwise acting normal, eating, drinking, barking and playing as always. Her respiratory rate is between 24-26 breaths per minute and she has not coughed or had any other symptoms, no fever as far as I can tell. She's had some watery nasal discharge. Her gums and tongue are pink. Her breathing seems to improve in more humid conditions. Could it just be allergies or sinusitis? Does it warrant a vet visit or could I treat it at home? Thank you in advance!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The resting respiratory rate for a dog is between 18 and 34 breaths per minute so Shiloh is in the middle of this physiological range; it is possible that this noisy breathing and discharge is caused by allergies, try to give Shiloh Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb three times per day to see if there is any improvement in symptoms. If the symptoms continue after a day or so, visit your Veterinarian for a check up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophie
Havanese
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Inhale sneezing
congestion
snorting

Medication Used

none

Hi, my dog has always had bad teeth and gums. Her teeth are full of plaque and her breathe is terrible. I went to the vet about a year ago and they said it's common in this sort of breed. Her breathing has gotten worse and she snorts a lot and when she inhales she snorts heavily, asleep and awake. Could this be something serious going on?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for this including narrowing of airways, nasal polyps, infections, airway anomalies (soft palate, larynx), allergies and dental problems. Sometimes, an infected tooth in dogs with bad teeth can get an abscess at the root and can press on the nasal cavity causing pain and discomfort as well as narrowing leading to respiratory problems. Try Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb first to see if the cause is due to an allergy; if you have no success or it gets worse visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tuco
German Shepherd Dog
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loud Breathing

Medication Used

Tramadol

My dog Tuco had heart worms and we just took him to the vet about two weeks ago for shots to get rid of the worms. Afterward he has start breath heavily. He mainly breaths through his mouth and is panting loudly. He also has a odd snoring, which he didn’t do before. Should I run him to the vet or should I wait it out? Also, I finish giving his medications that he was proscribed about four days ago.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Tuco should be evaluated as soon as possible by your veterinarian. The heartworms can cause significant inflammation in the lungs as they are dying, and Tuco may need further medications, depending on what your veterinarian finds on examination. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Kallie
Boston Terriers
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Snoring
Vomiting

My 9 year old Boston terrier is over weight and has a horrible snoring problem. She’s been over weight most her life, since she’s been spayed. She’s not as active as most Boston terriers but after playing for a few minutes she seems to have trouble breathing. She makes a noise as if they’re blockage in her throat. She often vomits mucus and it has increased here recently. She also try’s to clear her throat by hacking. eventually making herself vomit. She has always had a snoring problem but the severity depends on the position she sleeps. I know her age and weight is a factor. Could she have allergy problems as well? We have not Reyes Benadryl but have been researching it in the past few weeks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given the breed and the symptoms I would be suspecting an elongated soft palate which would explain the symptoms and the snoring when laying in certain positions; it is an easy diagnosis to make by your Veterinarian by examining the soft palate during a thorough examination of the mouth. I would try to get your Veterinarian to examine her first as allergies don’t fit as well with the symptoms than elongated soft palate (which is made worse by age and being overweight). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kallie
Boston Terrier
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Snoring
Vomiting

My 9 year old Boston terrier is overweight and has been since she was spayed as a puppy. She has a horrible snoring problem. She’s not near as active as most Boston terriers buy seems to have a hard time breathing after a few minutes of playing. It sounds like a blockage in her throat. She something makes a snorting or gagging sound when this happens. She vomits mucus quite often and it has increased recently. She also tries to clear her thoat, eventually making herself vomit. She has snored every since she was a puppy but the severity depends on the position she sleeps. I know her age and weight have a lot to do with it but could she have an allergy problem as well? We’ve been considering Benadryl but have not tried it yet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given the breed and the symptoms I would be suspecting an elongated soft palate which would explain the symptoms and the snoring when laying in certain positions; it is an easy diagnosis to make by your Veterinarian by examining the soft palate during a thorough examination of the mouth. I would try to get your Veterinarian to examine her first as allergies don’t fit as well with the symptoms than elongated soft palate (which is made worse by age and being overweight). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rey
German Shorthair Pointer
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

raspy breathing, lost appetite
raspy breathing,

Our 2 year old german shorthair has raspy exhalation and slight loss of appetite. Appetite issue has been a couple days, we just noticed also the breathing, and tied it possibly with the appetite loss. Can feel rattle when you put hand on chest, but can't tell if it is actually in the chest or palate. She runs the hills regularly, and there is cheat grass, which is also problematic for dogs here. Can it be this, or other infection? Just started.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Rey, it is difficult to say what the specific cause is; laryngitis may cause painful swallowing which may also lead to a decrease in appetite. However, if you’re feeling a rattle when holding her chest you should visit your Veterinarian for a thorough examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Josie
australian shepherd mix
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Problems

I have an Australian shepherd mix approx. 10 years old I have noticed her breathing is a bit raspy at 1st I figured she was sleeping heavily but have now noticed it even when she is awake and resting she seems a little restless as well at 1st the restlessness I put down to maybe anxious because 2 months ago she lost her brother can you give me any ideas as to what this could be

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Noisy breathing in dogs maybe caused by infection, foreign body, other obstruction, inflammation, abscess, polyps and tumours. An examination of Josie’s respiratory system would be needed to determine the cause and to direct the correct treatment as treatment is dependent on the primary condition. Polyps and other lesions are more common in dogs as they age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Left-Eye
Jack Russell Terrier
14
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I have a 14 year old Jack Russell Terrier, he is on Forekor Plus and Seguril for his heart. He has had a very persistent cough for about 4 months. He had a cough from january but this was because he had fluid on his lungs which got really bad with the heat/humidity in August but was treated successfully. His lungs are clear of fluid (he's had X-rays), but this breathing is crackly and wheezy. He is eating, drinking normally. He's had antibiotics, Fluimicil, Ambroxol and Bisoltus, over the past 3 months but nothing is helping. He coughs all day, every time he moves around. He's been tested for heart worm, results where negative. Any idea's what could be causing this? Could damp/mould cause this? I live on a humid island (Ibiza, Spain) and I recently moved to a house in the hills/forest which has a lot of humidity.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Certain conditions affecting the respiratory tract can be exasperated by humidity especially conditions like tracheal collapse (causes a honking cough) and laryngeal paralysis, also an older cough may cough to help cool down since dogs lose heat through panting. Other causes may be due to allergens in your new home from the forest which may be irritating his respiratory tract but you would need to speak with your Veterinarian about this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Molly
Labrador Retriever
12 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Noisy Breathing

Our dog has begun sounding very congested, snorting, sneezing, mouth breathing. She stopped eating her dry food about 2 weeks ago and will only eat chicken and sweet potatoes but gobbles that up twice a day. She also will not sleep laying down in her bed, seems to not be able to lay her head down, pulls her head up as soon as it reaches the floor. She wants to be outside as much as possible. Took her to vet but without a CAT scan they will not diagnose. Any ideas?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It does seem that something is going on with Molly's nasal passages. Without further diagnostics, it is hard to know if it is an infection, a tumor, or another problem. We don't want to see her suffer, and if you have a conversation with your veterinarian that a CT scan may not be feasible for you, they may be able to offer therapies that may help, even though they won't know exactly what they're treating.

I just got a sharpei puppy 2 days ago. Took her to the vet and he said she was healthy. I’m concerned that she not only snoring extremely loud when asleep but also when she is awake. Is there anything that can be done?

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Jade
pit bull terrier
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Snoring
Sneezing

My dogs snoring has gotten louder. I can hear her snore from the other side of the house. She cant sleep on the floor anymore because it makes her snoring so bad it keeps me up.
Shes always had alleries,mostly skin but ive noticed pink around her nose. So Could allergies be causing it?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If she isn't having other breathing problems, it may be that her allergies are causing her snoring to become louder. She may also have an infection, or a growth, in her nasal passages. Since I can't examine her to determine what might be going on, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian, and they will be able to give you a better idea as to why she seems to be snoring so much louder. If she isn't on medication for her allergies, your veterinarian might recommend that, to help her breathe better. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Lily
Chihuahua
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing
Coughing

My chihuahua puppy has always snorted a little here and there but it raises no real concern because she was always playful and has a healthy appetite. We took her to a vet clinic to get her first set of shots and was told that the bordetella vaccination may cause wheezing. It's been about over a week and her snorting and wheezing have gotten worse. It sounds like squeaking noise and it sounds like she's vomiting or hacking. She is still playful and not lethargic. Could this be a reaction or something else entirely??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Lily is having this problem. Without examining her, can't say for sure what is going on with her, but the intranasal Bordetella vaccine can cause some mild irritation. It would probably be a good idea to have her rechecked by your veterinarian, as she could be having a 'reverse sneeze', and may need an antihistamine or other anti-inlammatory to help resolve this. I hope that she is okay.

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Lulu
Pomeranian
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing, snorting
Wheezing, whistling

Medication Used

none

I have a 6/7 month old female Pomeranian. She hasn't had her first heat cycle yet. She has been making funny wheezing sounds, it does not sound wet or bubbly but more like whistling/wheezing. It has been like that for a week. It only occurs when she is tired/exhausted. Other wise, she seems fine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for wheezing especially when excited or when exercising which may include laryngeal paralysis, tracheal collapse, airway obstruction among other causes. You should keep an eye on Lulu for the time being and visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side and for a general once over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lilah
Mutt
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Panting
Noisy Breathing

My 3 month old lab/hound mix puppy I rescued breathes heavily only out of her nose while she's asleep. Not sure if this is something to worry about, but wanted some quick advice for closure and comfort. She's going to the vet soon, but was wondering if there was anything in particular I should verbalize to her vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes heavy breathing through the nose may be caused by the position of sleep (front, back, side etc…), soft palate disorders among other causes; if Lilah doesn’t show any signs of distress I would just keep an eye on her until you visit your Veterinarian but if you are noticing signs of distress or she wakes up suddenly when sleeping you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Penny
Pomeranian Mix
18 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tired and snoring while sleeping.

Our puppy was outside and about two hours later had swollen cheeks, no breathing problems. We gave her Benadryl and by evening the swelling was gone, but she vomitted her dinner. She had several more emesis(phlegm) after that, finally went to sleep. This morning she appears tired, drank a little water, no food, and did use the bathroom. Now when she is sleeping, she snores, which she did not do before? She is not dehydrated, and is keeping water down.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If she had an allergic reaction to something while outside, or inside, she may need further treatment to keep the reaction from continuing. It would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian to assess whether she needs medications.

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Chloe
Shnauzer
8 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging
Noisy Breathing
Sounds congested
Problems sleeping

Hello, my puppy is 8 weeks old recently her breathing is very noisy and snores a bit. She wouldnt before, when shes sleeping her breathing becomes heavy and she shakes and begins to whimper. Also wakes up suddenly as if awakening from a bad dream she had not done this before. Her breathing sounds congested. Is there any reason to why I shouldnt be worried. Is going to a vet necessary regarding her situation. This only happens when shes sleeping.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Puppies can sometimes get upper respiratory infections and inflammation, as their nasal bones continue to develop as they get older. Since this is a new thing for her to be doing, and she seems congested, it would be a good idea to have her assessed by your veterinarian, see if she needs any treatments or if she seems like she is developing normally. She may be due for a booster vaccine anyway, so you may be able to have those things does together if it is appropriate. I hope that Chloe does well.

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Scooter
Blue Heeler
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Congested , snoring, deeper sleep

I noticed that my Queensland Heeler is snoring more lately and he sound kind of congested when he breathes. He sometimes shows symptoms of allergies but the snoring is new. He seems more tired but not exercising more. He sleeps deeper than usual.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any breathing change should be seen by your Veterinarian especially if you are noticing a decrease in stamina whilst exercising or playing; infections, narrowing of airways, heart disease, fluid accumulation among other causes may cause issues with breathing and exercise. Your Veterinarian should have a good look at him to determine an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bronson
Mastiff
8 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing

my 8 week old bulldog/mastiff puppy almost wheezes in his sleep, and when he wakes up he hacks. once fully awake he is fine. he has no nasal or eye discharge and no adversion to food or play time.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is quite common for dogs with short faces to have a lot of nasal noise. One thing that may help would be to have the openings to his nose widened, which is quite a common procedure in these breeds. Without seeing him, I don't have any way of knowing if this advice would apply to him, but you can ask your veterinarian if it might help.

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Bandi
Shar Pei
4 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

I have a 4 month old Shar Pei. When he runs, which is always, you can hear like a honking breathing. I know that the breeds have issues and I have an older Shar Pei who does not have breathing issues. He plays a lot, eats a lot and has normal bowel movements. Just curious as to if I should be concerned. I may be hyper sensitive as I just lost a 2 yr old dog to bloat. Just need a little reassurance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Bandi I cannot say what the specific cause of the honking cough is, but normally a goose honk is indicative of a condition called tracheal collapse which is more common in toy breed dogs but may occur in other breeds as well; Shar Pei’s are prone to other conditions like brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome which is covered in the second link below. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination for piece of mind or to at least understand what is happening better. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/tracheal-collapse www.ufaw.org.uk/dogs/shar-pei-brachycephalic-airway-obstruction-syndrome

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Winston
Yorkshire Terrier
8 Years
Serious condition
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Stridor

What type of vet should my dog see for the breathing difficulties ? We have been to 5 different vets with only one , the current vet, that has done anything. Says my Yorkie has heart failure but his echo was normal, shortened his palate but now my yorkie is wheezing and stridorious with any ounce of excitement . He scares me with his breathing just to go to the part because he is getting worse. So I didn’t know if vets specialize just as medical doctor do in the medical field. Plus I’ve never seen a dog who only breaths through his mouth like he is gasping for air. That’s even when he’s calm at times. I’m in the medical profession and know that this surely is not normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should be able to find a Specialist in your area using the link below, most Specialists work in referral practices so you’ll find a group of different Specialists in one building. I would recommend visiting an Internal Medicine Specialist to start with and see what they say, as I said most Specialists work with other Specialists within a practice. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://find.vetspecialists.com/

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Crash
Black Lab
9 Years
Mild condition
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Hacking

My 9 year old black lab mix started raining raspy breathing like she is congested and backing like something is in her throat. Just started today. She sounded fine when I went to work this morning. She is eating and drinking fine

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what may be causing the breathing issues; infections, trauma, foreign objects, enlarged glands among other causes may lead to louder breathing. You should keep an eye on Crash for the time being but visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement or she is struggling to breathe. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stells
Chow Chow
4 Years
Mild condition
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Heavy breathing stuffy nose

My dog had a uti then pancreatis she has been on a antibiotic for 9 days now . She started breathing like she has a stuffy nose. Almost like a person with allergies . Is it possible she is allergic to the meds

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that she is having a reaction to antibiotics, but without examining her I cannot confirm that this is the case; if she is having breathing difficulties you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side and to ensure that she can breathe easily. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/antibiotics-allergies

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Harley
Australian Shepherd
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Loud Breathing
Reverse sneezing

My Aussie/Border Collie is breathing oddly. It sounds as if he is snoring, but he is not sleeping. He has also been reverse sneezing a lot throughout the day. The "snoring" seems to happen when he exhales. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Harley I cannot say specifically if there is something to be concerned about or not; narrowing of the airways, foreign objects, allergies, infections, parasites, tumours among other causes may lead to these symptoms. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side to determine a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Annie
English Bulldog
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Snoring

I have an 8 year old English bulldog. She has always snored very loudly. We can hear her across the house at night. Lately, she gets very worked up and excited. We can't calm her down for hours. When she gets excited, her breathing is very heavy. It sounds like she is saying "OW" all the time. Similar to a child saying "OW" instead of ouch when they get hurt. What could be causing this change in her breathing?

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Rusty
Dog
10 Years
Mild
Has Symptoms
Snoring
Our Jack Russel who is 10 year old snores very loudly when sleeping or awake but laying down. It sounds like there is Fluid in her throat. This is only when she is laying down. She is still very active and has no issues breathing when running playing etc. Our vet has said she has a irregular heart beat which is causing her lungs to fill with a slight fluid and causing her to snore. However im not sure they are diagnosing the problem properly as now after 2 weeks of heart meds she is still snoring. Could it be a simple throat infection?