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What is Breathing Fast While Resting?

Many factors control fast breathing in dogs, and sometimes the underlying problem can be life threatening, especially when your dog is at rest.  Excessive and rapid breathing while resting is called tachypnea and may be a symptom of the following medical conditions:

  • Heat stroke
  • Fluid in the lungs
  • Heart failure
  • Anemia
  • Onion poisoning

The severity of your dog’s tachypnea will depend on the underlying condition causing him to breathe fast.  It is important to bring your dog to the veterinarian to determine how serious the threat is and how to treat rapid breathing best.

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Why Breathing Fast While Resting Occurs in Dogs

There may be several reasons why your dog is breathing fast while at rest.  If he has just finished playing hard and is taking a rest, it is normal for him to pant or breathe rapidly for a few minutes.  However, if he does not settle his breathing or breathes fast without exerting himself, there may be an underlying medical reason.

Heat Stroke

Dogs do not have sweat glands and use their breathing as a means to cool themselves off.  When they become overheated, they will breathe rapidly and excessively. Signs of heat stroke, also known as hyperthermia, include elevated body temperatures of 104F or higher, drooling, weakness, and seizures. Dogs who have flat faces, such as Pugs, Boxers, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Lhasa Apsos, Shih Tzus, and Bull Mastiffs are at increased risk of heat stroke because they cannot pant as effectivity.  

Fluid in the Lungs

Rapid breathing in your dog may also indicate he has fluid in his lungs.  Though a small amount of fluid is usually present in a dog's lungs, excessive build up can become a serious health concern and may indicate other underlying medical conditions.  Other symptoms, such as blue-colored gums, low body temperature, and difficulty breathing may also accompany fast breathing.    

Heart Failure

Rapid breathing may be a response to congestive heart failure.  When a dog's heart starts to fail his body is not circulating enough oxygen, and rapid breathing develops to counteract the lower levels of oxygen in circulation.  Breathing will be labored as well, and your dog may show an increased intolerance for exercise.

Anemia

Anemia can occur when your dog's immune system attacks red blood cells as if they are a foreign threat.  A lower red blood cell count means less oxygen is in circulation, and your dog's body may react by increasing respiration.  Other common symptoms of anemia include weakness, jaundice, pale gums, and lethargy.  Certain breeds are predisposed to develop anemia, such as Cocker Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, Miniature Schnauzers, and Shih Tzus.  Additionally, tick-borne infectious diseases have been associated with immune-related anemia.    

Onion Poisoning

A dog's diet plays a huge role in their health and feeding him table scraps meant for human consumption can have negative impacts.  Onions, when consumed in quantity, can cause fast breathing in your dog. Your dog may also excessively salivate, vomit, or have diarrhea. Garlic is an even more potent a poison than onions and should be avoided as well.

What to do if your Dog is Breathing Fast While Resting

It is critical that you seek medical help if you have determined your dog is not breathing fast due to recently exerting himself and that he may be suffering from a medical condition.  Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that requires emergency care.  If you believe your dog is experiencing heat stroke, take him to the hospital immediately.  While in transport, make efforts to cool your dog down using a wet, lukewarm towel and moving air.  If possible, record your dog's temperature every five minutes while in transport.  

Once at the hospital, the veterinarian will work to stabilize your dog's respiration and lower his body temperature.  In severe cases, your dog may have to be intubated to assist with respiration and fluid therapy is administered for stabilization.  Antibiotics may be given to prevent sepsis from bacteria if your dog is vomiting or has bloody diarrhea.  Heat stroke is a serious illness that requires immediate, early, and aggressive treatment to save your dog from organ and system failure.

Even if you do not suspect heat stroke, you should still take your dog to the veterinarian to determine why your dog is breathing fast.  Your vet will perform a physical examination and ask you when you first noticed signs of rapid breathing.  The vet will also ask for a full medical history including your dog's diet and any medications he is taking.  

Your veterinarian will listen to your dog's heart and lungs.  The vet may order chest X-rays if he suspects heart or lung issues as well as an electrocardiogram to measure the electrical activity of your dog's heart.        

If you suspect or know your dog has eaten onions or garlic your veterinarian may induce vomiting in your dog or administer charcoal for absorption.  In severe cases, your vet may provide oxygen therapy and a blood transfusion to make up for the reduction of red blood cells as toxicosis from onions can cause anemia.

Prevention of Breathing Fast While Resting

You may not be able to prevent heart failure in your dog as he ages, but it is important to recognize the early signs of failure so you can make lifestyle adjustments and prevent further complications.  Heat stroke, on the other hand, is entirely preventable.

Heat stroke can quickly escalate and be deadly for your dog.  To prevent suffering from heat stroke, make sure your dog has adequate water and shade while outside and only exercise him during the cooler parts of the day.  Closed in vehicles, even with windows cracked, can become extremely hot.  Never leave your dog alone in a closed vehicle.

Dog food is designed specifically for your dog, while your leftovers were made for human consumption.  Be extremely careful when feeding your dog table scraps as onions and garlic are toxic to your dog.  Though dogs do not like the taste of onion and garlic plants, keep the raw food items out of reach.  Over consumption of either can become deadly when consumed.

Cost of Breathing Fast While Resting

The cost of treating fast breathing in your dog depends on the underlying medical condition.  For example, it can cost around $950 to treat onion poisoning whereas it can cost around $5,000 to treat heat stroke.

Breathing Fast While Resting Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Eleven
Mixed
7 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing

Hi my 7 month old puppy has started breathing rapidly. She hasn’t exerted herself and we’re in an air conditioned car. We are moving for the summer, so I’m wondering if anxiety could cause fast breathing.

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Pepper
Pomeranian
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Panting

I've noticed that my 3yr old Pomeranian (she weighs 5lbs) has been breathing and panting rapidly since last night. She did vomit a little last night but only once, she is eating and drinking normal, but did notice her nose is dry. Is this normal or should I be worried?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to examine Pepper, I'm not sure if she is anxious, painful, or having respiratory issues, unfortunately. I do take breathing issues seriously, and don't think they are a 'wait and see' situation. If she continues to pant and breathe quickly this morning, or can't settle down, it would be best to have her seen today by a veterinarian, as they can assess her heart and lungs and make sure that she is okay, or offer treatment options if she is not. I hope that all goes well for her.

Hi my 7 month old puppy has been breathing quickly. She hasn’t been exerting herself and she’s not overheated. We are moving for the summer, so I’m wondering if anxiety could also cause fast breathing.

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Kitty
Schipperke
11 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Shallow Rapid Breathing

Recently my dog Kitty has been having random bouts of coughing and gagging (not vomiting - there is little or no fluid that comes out when she gags). Today i woke up and she is breathing shallowly and rapidly through the nose while she is sleeping. I woke her up, and she was panting until she went back to sleep, when her breathing continued to be shallow and fast. If i rouse her while she is sleeping she takes one deep breath and then goes back to breathing shallowly.
If it helps, Kitty lives in a house with a cat and is always sneaking into the litter box or eating from his bowl or getting into the trash. She also sneezes a lot outside, so I think she may have seasonal allergies.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kitty may have a bacterial infection, allergies, or a problem with her lungs or heart. Without sensing her and being able to evaluate her, I'm not sure what might be going on, but breathing issues are always best to have checked out and taken seriously. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as they can listen to her, evaluate her respiratory and cardiovascular system, and offer any recommendations for treatment.

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Cody
Shih Tzu
8 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Tired
Rapid breathing

Hi, Cody, my 8 month old Shih Tzu / Terrier has recently been breathing rapidly while at rest. Just recently temperatures have gotten high..er. About 80. It doesn’t seem to level out after some time. Is this something I should be worried about? And is there any advice on how to handle the summer? He is still playful, just not able to be in the heat for too long.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If this is a new behavior for Cody, it would probably be a good idea to have him examined by your veterinarian to make sure that everything is okay with Cody's heart and lungs. Some Shih Tzu's have very short noses and small breathing holes, and that may be making it harder for him to breathe. Depending on the size of the holes in his nose, he might benefit from surgery to make them bigger and make it easier to breathe. Without seeing him, unfortunately, I'm not sure how much of a factor that is, but that mild increase in temperature should not have a dramatic effect on his ability to breathe or energy level. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Noah
Golden Retriever
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing

My pup, who is very helathy and active, has lately been breathing fast and heavy at random times throughout the day. He's not overheated but he did throw up a pair of underwear two days ago. Should I be worried or is this normal for dogs? Other than the fast breathing he is acting completely normal, except the occacional times when he has his head lowered and stares at me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A dog may breathe heavily for a variety of reasons some innocent and some concerning, without examining Noah I cannot say whether or not you should be concerned; if he likes eating underwear and other items it may be that he has an obstruction causing pain. If the heavy breathing continues or Noah seems like he is struggling to breathe you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby
Pomeranian
3 Years
Mild condition
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My 3 year old, 4 pound pomeranian Baby has just recently started to breathe fast while she sleeps, i can feel her chest moving really fast when she lays on my arm. She is gaining some weight on her so I don't know if it's just because of that or something else. It is very concerning because I have never seen her breathe this fast while asleep. She does have a history with seizures but hasn't had one in months, maybe even a year. She's not taking any medication. She's also the runt of her litter, if that is of any importance. Thank You.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Baby may just be breathing faster, and it may be because of her weight gain. If she seems otherwise normal, eating and drinking and not having trouble breathing otherwise, it may not be a problem. If it continues, or you are concerned, it would be best to have her assessed by a veterinarian, as they will be able to listen to her heart and lungs and make sure that everything is okay.

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Talula
Corgi
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Fast Breathing/ Heavy Breathing whilesleeping

Hello my corgi mix just came fron the Philippines just arrived 1 month ago I've noticed that while she is sleeping she is breathing heavily and faster than normal she also twitches while she sleeps any recommendations? Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some twitching while sleeping may be considered normal, it depend on how much twitching there is; the breathing rate may be increased in certain sleeping positions especially if the neck is at an angle. Without examining Talula I cannot say whether there is something wrong or not, I would recommend recording a video of the twitching, counting the respiratory rate and visiting your Veterinarian to show them the video and perform a physical examination if you are concerned. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tabby
pitbull
8 Weeks
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Fast Breathing

I just brought a pitbull puppie. 9 weeks old.

I don't know her patterns but she breaths real rapidly . how ever she drinks eats and has taken walls with me.

She seems to be real skidish of her new home. Especially the walls she seems afraid.

Could this heavy breathing be stress? Guns are fine eyes are fine and she plays with her toys just breaths fast.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Congratulations on your new puppy! Puppies sometimes do breathe faster than adults, but if you aren't sure that she is okay, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian to make sure that everything seems normal with her. Once she has had her vaccines, you should start her in training and socialization classes to help get her over her fearfulness. I hope that all goes well for her!

I have a corgi mix who
just arrived from the Philippines last month. I noticed that she twitches and breathes heavily in her sleep as well as breathing a little faster than normalwhat should I do?

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Jazz
Rottweiler
5 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing
Salivation

Our 5 month old Rottweiler breathes approx 60 breaths per minute, awake or asleep. She started salivating excessively 2 days ago, where her chin is wet but not hanging from her mouth, but it is getting much better although not quite gone yet. I checked her gums and they look normal compared to black pigmented gums I reached on the internet. She is not coughing, vomiting, no diarrhea, normal bathroom schedule, eating and drinking as usual and exercise tolerance as normal. I have not noticed any teeth that have fallen out so not sure if that can be a reason for the drooling or not. Her nose is a little warm and a little dry. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The respiratory rate is very high and with the drooling I am concerned that Jazz may have consumed something toxic which is causing these symptoms. You should visit your Veterinarian to examine Jazz to determine the underlying cause of the drooling and respiratory rate since I cannot say what the cause is without examining her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Poppy
Jack Russell Terrier
4 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Breaths Faster At Rest

Yesterday evening we gave her a bone from the butchers which she ate all of it. Now this evening she started slowly walking then she was eating her dinner slower than usual so she sat on us for an hour and now she is panting very fast non stop but her gums are red and her nose and eyes are fine. She’s not getting any better ??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Poppy may be having some indigestion from the bone especially if she doesn’t eat bones often, the panting may be a response to some abdominal pain. Keep an eye on her for the time being but if she shows signs of pain or there is no improvement overnight visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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King
Pit bull
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Breaths Faster At Rest

My 12 week old pitbull has been breathing very swallowly and rapidly for days. He also has runny eyes and eye boogers that appear discolored. He doesn't appear to have any other symptoms of anything such as Kennel Cough, Heat Stroke or anything else that I can determine.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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King should be seen by a veteirnarian. Puppies are prone to many bacterial, fungal, and infectious diseases, and he may need treatment for what is going on with him. A veterinarian will be able to examine him and recommend any necessary treatment.

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Charlie
Rottweiler
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing

I got a dog from an animal shelter a few days ago and have noticed that she takes short rapid breathes when she sleeps. She is a one year old Rottweiler mix breed. Is this normal or should I be concerned

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Rapid breathing, whilst concerning, may not be abnormal; some dogs may have altered breathing patterns whilst sleeping due to head position as this may affect the throat, soft palate and the airways in general. If Charlie is otherwise in good spirits, doesn’t have exercise intolerance or struggles to breathe whilst awake, you should keep an eye on him and have your Veterinarian check him on your next visit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Chihuahua
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing while resting

I have a one year old small mixed breed who just gave birth the day before yesterday. She is breathing very rapidly/heavy. Is this due to giving birth or do I need to bring her in?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Panting and heavy breathing is not unusual after whelping and may continue for a week or two afterwards; but it may be concerning when other symptoms like fever, foul smelling discharge and other concerning symptoms present. If in doubt visit your Veterinarian, but panting and heavy breathing are normal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/symptom/why-is-my-dog-panting-after-giving-birth

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Ozzie
Collie, Rough
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Panting

Hi,my collie is 11 tonight he's been breathing heavily, he's a big out of sorts and we had to help him get up on the sofa...he's waking and panting a lot and before we put him on the soda he drank a lot of water.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From your description, it would be best to have Ozzie seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Without seeing him, I can't comment on what might be going on, but those are not normal behaviors, and he needs medical attention. I hope that he is okay.

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Kaiser
Miniature Schnauzer
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle spasms
Bloating
Panting

Medication Used

Gabapentin
Tramadol
Prednisolone

Recently Sunday night, I found my (26Ib) dog dragging his rear left leg, I took him to the Vet and they are assuming it is because he may have slipped a disc causing him to lose function in that leg, they took x-rays and performed a physical examination, turns out he's healthy but slightly anemic, nothing else is wrong with him besides that out of no where he couldn't walk. He has had no falls or incidents since the time he's been under my care (3 years now), he was rescued off the street so can this develop over time if he did ever get hurt in the past? Also they did an x-ray of his abdomen because he tended to be a bit bloated/swollen but everything came out normal, the only thing was that he had a lot of stool. He's been pooping in small amounts now (keeping in mind he struggles to poop since he can barely squat) but still feels bloated (mostly on his left side) I thought because of this, he started panting making him restless. Could that be the cause? I took him to two vets the first one prescribed tramadol and prednisolone, and the second one prescribed gabapentin and prednisolone. What would be better for him? Are these medications causing him to twitch or breathe fast?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Prednisolone can cause panting, and restlessness, but without seeing Kaiser, I cannot say for sure that that is the cause. Either Gabapentin or Tramadol are appropriate medications for this diagnosis. If you do not think that he is improving, or you are worried about his signs now, it is never a bad idea to have a follow up exam, just to make sure that things are progressing as expected.

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Charlie
Corgi/ Shepard Mix
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Increased thirst
Increased hunger
Heavy Breathing
Bloated stomach

My dog is about 8 years old. We have taken him to the vet previously and tested him for certain things like diabetes, Cushings Disease, things like that. Nothing came back positive. Around December he lost his vision. He has symptoms that are very fitting to Cushings Disease, but the vet found nothing. We are assuming he has SARDS. A rare disease that is similar to Cushings, but deals with vision loss. There isn’t any cure that we can find. Recently his panting and heavy breathing is getting worse and all he is doing is laying down. His belly is very bloated, which is a sign of Cushings. I just want to know if this is a part of thE SARDS/ Cushings issue.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. SARDS and Cushings are two different diseases, and Cushing's tends to have other effects on the body. I'm not sure what testing your veteirnarian has done to rule out Cushing's disease, but it can be a fairly complicated process. If you are not sure what is happening with Charllie, it may be a good idea to get a referral to an internal medicine specialist, as they are trained to figure out obscure and uncommon diseases.

The vet has also said that Atypical Cushings Disease is a possibility as well. Thank you! I wish I had the money to go through a specialist.

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Nena
Poodle mix
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Rapid breathing
Panting

in the morning she was limping and panting but there is no sign of something being broken and now she's resting and breathing really fast. I don't have an I deal on what it could be its not hot over here.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email - I'm sorry that Nena isn't feeling well! Without examining her, I can't diagnose what might be going on with her, but if she was limping, panting can be a sign of pain, anxiety, or an increased temperature. She should be seen by her veterinarian today to have her examined, find out what is wrong with her, and get pain medications or other medications that she may need, depending on what they find. I hope that she is okay.

Hello, my 12 year old Minature Schnauzer has an over size liver and arthritis. We got all the test done for her at the vets office and every single one of them came back normal. The vet couldn’t figure out why it was abnormally big. She is on arthritis medication as of right now and is getting slower with her age. Yet for the past couple nights I’ve noticed that her breathing has increased dramatically. She is panting a lot as well. What should I do? Again I know she’s older but I don’t know what this sign means. She still comes as I call and walks good (with medication) it’s just her heavy breathing.

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Luke
Jack Russell Terrier
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

I'm concerned that something may be wrong. Luke is breathing very heavily and quickly after laying down for the last few hours. Could it maybe be a side effect of his medicine? He sliced his left paw pad open on Friday night and we took him to the vet the next day. They gave him Rimadyl and said to give him 1 every 12 hours but didn't mention that it will make him breath heavier. What do I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. A change in breathing is not typically a side effect of Rimadyl. If you are not sure that Luke is okay, it would be best to have him examined to see if he is having anything problematic happening.

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Luke
Jack Russell Terrier
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Breathing Difficulty

I'm concerned that something may be wrong. Luke is breathing very heavily and quickly after laying down for the last few hours. Could it maybe be a side effect of his medicine? He sliced his left paw pad open on Friday night and we took him to the vet the next day. They gave him Rimadyl and said to give him 1 every 12 hours but didn't mention that it will make him breath heavier. What do I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. A change in breathing is not typically a side effect of Rimadyl. If you are not sure that Luke is okay, it would be best to have him examined to see if he is having anything problematic happening.

Thank you so much!!! I will definitely get him looked at.

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Bluebell
Boxer pitbull hybrid
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Fast Breathing during sleep

My dog pants alot during the day.. and has short fast breaths during sleep. When she pants, I get her fresh water but she rarely drinks at the moment of. During sleep, I'll wake her glass of water. She majority of the time will drink then. She was bitten (spider) about a week ago. She takes penicillin.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Panting or irregular breathing may be due to pain, due to the narrow airways of the breed, effects of the spider bite among other causes; if Bluebell is struggling to breathe you should visit your Veterinarian immediately, if she is otherwise in good spirits you should keep an eye on her during the treatment. If any other symptoms present or Bluebell is having respiratory difficulties you should visit a Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sierra
Mix
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy Breathing

My dog out of the blue started having back issues and trouble walking. Brought her to vet and 24hr emergency hospital to try and figure it out. Still not sure what is causing the pain etc. but now I am lying next to her and I noticing she is breathing fast. Doesn’t seem to be struggling to breath. I been giving her water to make sure she is not dehydrated. Do you think I should go back to hospital? Not sure what to do? Could the painkillers make her breath heavier?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing what medications she is on, it is hard for me to comment on whether the medication may be causing her rapid breathing, or if she is still painful, or if something else is going on. It might be best to call your clinic, or the emergency clinic, and ask if the breathing pattern that she is having might be a result of the medications or if you should be concerned about anything else.

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Sid
Beagle/Weenie
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing
Irregular Heart Rhythm

Medication Used

none

Sid has been breathing quickly while at rest recently and I juse listened to his heart with a stethoscope and I found that his heart rhythm slowed with his hastened breathing. When his breathing sped back up, so did his heart rhythm. Sid hasn't done any strenuous activity that would cause him to have a heat stroke, plus he has been sitting inside on the couch just breathing quickly and in an irregular rhythm.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without giving Sid a thorough examination and auscultating his chest to listen for heart and lung sounds I cannot say what the cause of these symptoms are; if you are seeing that Sid is struggling to breathe you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian, otherwise visit your regular Veterinarian when they open for an examination. It may be something or nothing, but without checking him I cannot say for sure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
Lancashire Heeler
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lathargic.

Last Sunday our dog fell down most of the stairs by accident due to my partner nearly standing on her. She was dazed but fine afterwards until Thursday when she became docile and her back legs were sliding as she walked.
We took her to the vets yesterday morning.
She had a full examination and blood tests which came back all fine.
Today she has started to breath fast whilst sleeping. She has slept all day. She has ate and drank but not much.
Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Ruby, I don't have any way to determine if she is okay. If you are still concerned that she may have sustained a trauma, it would be best to have her re-checked by your veterinarian to make sure that she is okay, as some effects of trauma can take time to show up. I hope that she is okay.

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Cooper
German Shepherd/corgi/heeler mix
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy Breathing

Our dog Cooper has recently begun breathing heavier than usual. He seems to be panting more but his level of activity hasn’t increased. He has no other physical changes as far as we can tell. He’s acting normally otherwise, eating and playing and everything. Just breathing heavy. He’s turning 7 next month and it’s worrying me because he now is considered a senior. Thank you for any help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any change in breathing should be seen by your Veterinarian; without examining Cooper I cannot say whether there is an infection, laryngeal disorder, heart disease, poisoning, liver disease or another cause. Since Cooper is getter older, a physical and a few blood tests may be advisable regardless just to get an idea of his overall health; but don’t wait too long to visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bud-E
Cocker Spaniel
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing while resting

Hi,

I have a 3 year old cocker spaniel Bud-E. Everything was fine this evening nothing crazy I had to coast him to come and laid down next to me which is very unusual he usually comes willing. He is lying next to me and breathing heavily and fast. I will stroke and pet him and nothing works. I don't know what to do. If I take him to the emergency hospital right off it is $200.00 I love my dog I don't know what I should do. Please advise me as soon as you can.
Thanks Laura his mommy

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for a dog to breathe fast whilst resting which include pain, anaemia, heart disease, foreign objects, fluid in the lungs among other causes; without examining Bud-E, I cannot start to say what the specific cause of the rapid breathing is. Keep an eye on him, but if he is struggling to breathe or anything else concerning visit the emergency clinic immediately; and remember, sometimes an expensive problem can get more expensive with an unnecessary delay. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank You, I kept an eye on Bud-E right after I wrote you. He didn't seem to be in any discomfort just breathing heavy. I checked on him during the night and it stopped. He got up in the morning cheerful as ever. He is eating and playing as normal.

Thanks Again Laura and Bud-E

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Champ
German Shepherd Dog
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My pup is breathing fast then slow in his sleep. I want to meet with bark I love my dog but somethings I have to pay for and I don't have the funds. Please any advice to help keep my baby alive

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Champ I cannot say whether or not there is any issue with his breathing, you should however remember that the change in breathing may be just due to sleeping position, sleep cycle etc… If Champ is struggling to breathe you should visit a Veterinarian regardless of cost but otherwise keep an eye on the situation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scrabbles
Poodle mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing fast

Hello, my dog is breathing a bit quickly while resting. She will let out sighs as well periodically. She also seems to be in discomfort and keeps changing positions and moving from the bed to the floor. I’m wondering if I need to bring her to the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Scrabbles, I'm not sure if her behavior is normal or if she does need to be seen - if you feel that her behavior is not normal, it might be a good idea to have her examined and determine if she is okay or is having some discomfort.

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Maya
Australian Shepherd
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing
stuffy nose

Our dog is has a very stuffy nose and is breathing very rapidly while resting. About 3 months ago we took her to the emergency vet and they did X-rays and blood pannel and treated her for phemonia she was not getting better so we got a different antibiotic and she became better while now it’s happening again

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Maya is showing symptoms similar to the pneumonia she suffered from a few months ago, you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination and possibly have a sample checked for culture and sensitivity to identify the infection so that the most appropriate antibiotic can be prescribed (if applicable). Given Maya’s history, I wouldn’t wait for the symptoms to progress. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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