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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

Bella
Miniature Schnauzer
7 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Heavy Breathing
short of breath

My dog has been panting really heavily and rapidly for a couple days. At first we thought it was because some parts of our house had gotten warmer, but now we have her with a fun and we’ve given her water, but nothing seems to be working. I know she ate pork chops the other day (on accident!), but it was after this started. She can still jump on the bed, but she looks at me a lot more than usual as if she’s trying to tell me something. She sometimes calms down a little bit with the fan, but then it starts again. I don’t know what I should do, I really don’t have the funds to take her to the vet right now, but I’m worried.

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Lucky
bearded collie mix
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shallow Rapid Breathing
Rapid breathing

My dog, Lucky, has some kind of arthritis (I forget the actual name) in a couple of his legs. He's been on a glucosamine supplement for a few months now. Sometimes he will breathe heavy at night. Then he'll be okay, breathing normally other nights. He will lick a bit much sometimes (even the floor and the wall occasionally). This seems to be a cycle. We started him on a CBD oil as well, which I thought was helping. Now I'm wondering if we should increase the dose.

He is terrified of going to the vet and taking car rides. He is so scared and reactive at the vet that they started sedating him for his appointments, so his vet has checked for Cushings and a thyroid condition by having me bring in a urine sample. I'm not sure if we should take him for his vet appointment several months early. I'm not sure what else to try. They have also tried an anti-imflammatory and Ultram for him.

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Lillian
Dachshund
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulties

My dog seems to be breathing fast while resting. I noticed this tonight. Lillian is 8. She fractured her pelvic 5 weeks ago. at this time she is no longer on any medications. Any thoughts would be welcomed.

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Rigby
Smithfield x Border collie
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid Breathing shallow
Rapid breathing

Medication Used

Pain killers

Hi, I’m Janeva :)). I recently got a rescue dog from a shelter for my birthday around 3 weeks ago. Lately when we go to bed or he is asleep, he breathes very quickly and shallow. He’s fine when he’s awake and he excerises nearly everyday. He doesn’t eat a lot of dog food but loves human food. Drinks enough water and he doesn’t have an issue with urinating etc. would be great if i could get some tips, thanks!
Janeva

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Rocket
King Charles Spaniel
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking
Fast Breathing
Heavy Breathing

My dog (Tibet/King Charles mix) has been breathing heavily and panting for the past 2-3 hours. He starts shaking every once in awhile. I’ve checked his heart beat and it doesn’t seem rapid or anything. I thought maybe there was a storm and he was scared but there hasn’t been a single crack of thunder, which is what will scare him. I’ve been trying to lay with him and comfort him but it seems he won’t stop and also won’t go to sleep.

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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

My dog Jerry has recently been breathing very rapid and shallow, than he’ll take a deep breath and it’ll stop, then it will continue. It’s been very humid outside and he doesn’t seem to want to play as much with our other dogs like he usually does. We have already taken him to the vet and everything checked out, but I am still worried. Any advice?

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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King
Great dane/border collie
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing

I just started fostering a puppy and I have noticed that when he is at rest his respitory rate is at least 60 breaths per minute. When he is awake he seems normal. He is active and playful. He is eating, drinking, and using the bathroom as he should be. He shouldn't be overly hot as we are inside and the air is on. I'm just not sure if this is normal for a puppy or if something is wrong. He did have some vaccines yesterday and I've only had him the one day, but it's not like his breathing is like this at all times, it's only when he is at rest. Please help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Some puppies do breathe faster when they are sleeping, and that may be normal for King. Since he seems normal when he is awake, and seems very normal otherwise, you should be fine to keep an eye on him, and learn what is normal for him. If he starts to have problems breathing at other times, or becomes lethargic or stops eating, then he should be seen by a veterinarian.

I have a 9 year old dog who has also started rapid shallow breathing within the last 6 weeks. It is very noticeable at night when he is sleeping, close to 60 breaths per minute. He has also been very lethargic and lost his appetite. Vet has done bloodwork including diabetes and thyroid test. X-ray of organs did not show anything either. Any thoughts?

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Noah
Golden Retriever
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

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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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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Lobo
Chihuahua
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Short fast breaths, not eating,

Medication Used

Benazepril , furosemide

For several hours this morning he has been breathing fast and short. Like panting through his nose. He acts disoriented has no energy or wants to eat. Is he trying to pass on? I've had him since he was 5 weeks old. He will be 12 years old this July. His vet said he has a murmur in his heart. And he takes two different meds. I'm very concerned, and afraid.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any difficulty in breathing should be seen by your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian especially considering he is on an ACE inhibitor and diuretics for his heart. Without examining Lobo I cannot determine what is happening specifically but would recommend visiting a Veterinarian immediately even if it is to make Lobo more comfortable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Sorry about the loss of Lobo. He is very happy playing with all of the other pure souls!

Lobo passed away yesterday. Thank you for your help.

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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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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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Cody
Shih Tzu
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

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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Eleven
Mixed
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Eleven is a little anxious from a long car journey or if it is sunny out it is also possible that she is getting warm due to the sun being on her regardless of her being in an air conditioned car. Ensure she stays hydrated and see if you can put some shade on her. If she is still breathing rapidly after you’ve stopped your journey or she is struggling to breathe, visit a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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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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Bluebell
Boxer pitbull hybrid
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

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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Daisy
Chihuahua
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
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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Zola
Cockapoo
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shallow, rapid breathing.

Hi there. Our 6 year old cockapoo, Zola, is breathing rapidly and she's shallow panting a lot. It's not heat - we are in Ireland and it's only 65 degrees. This really started yesterday evening and has been the case all day today. She doesn't really want to go on walks and looks uncomfortable. Appetite seems fairly normal. She did overturn the kitchen trash bin night before last and who knows what she may have eaten there. We've been told she has one lung that does not inflate properly and she often is wheezy. Not wheezy now though - just rapid shallow panting. Her belly may seem distended as well. Please - any ideas?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Rapid breathing may be due to pain especially if she ingested something when she tipped over the rubbish bin as well as causing some gas which may distend the abdomen. However, other possible causes may be due to a distended abdomen which may make breathing difficult as the diaphragm wouldn’t be able to move fully not allowing a full inspiration of air. You should monitor Zola, but visit your Veterinarian for an examination. 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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Zoey
Chihuahua jack Russell mix
8 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fast Breathing
Fast Breathing faster heart rate

My jackchi mix heart rate is around 90/100 beats per minute she is 8 years old. She is healthy but has gain some weight. She does have a torn meniscus. But tonight I noticed her breathing faster with a faster heart rate. Could it be from pain? She hasn’t gotten into anything and her day was normal and she is behaving normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Zoey’s heart rate at around 90 or 100 per minute is within reference range, the resting respiratory rate should be below 35 breaths per minute but if it is over 40 then it may be indicative of a problem. Dogs may have an elevated respiratory rate due to pain, exercise intolerance, heat (panting to cool down), anaemia, lung disorders, heart failure among other causes. You should keep an eye on Zoey for the time being and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement or you’re generally concerned. www.msdvetmanual.com/special-subjects/reference-guides/resting-heart-rates www.msdvetmanual.com/special-subjects/reference-guides/resting-respiratory-rates www.msdvetmanual.com/special-subjects/reference-guides/normal-rectal-temperature-ranges

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Bruiser
Chihuahua
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing

My chihuahua, Bruiser, decided not to eat this evening. He didn’t even have any interest in his food which is very strange. He will be 12 in October and I have had him since he was about 6 weeks old. On top of not eating this evening, he vomited earlier and now is rapidly breathing thru his nose (almost like panting) while laying. He takes cerenia for a collapsed trachea and also takes meds for hypothyroid. I’m sure I’m just over thinking things, but could this possibly mean something bad?

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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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Brodie
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing
Liquid Bowel Movement

My 2.5 year old black lab is breathing rapidly while lying down. This happens maybe once very 2 weeks. He’s not over exerting himself. We have normal play time and he’s a very healthy dog. We have had issues with bloat in the past but have taken measures to prevent it. We did just open our pool back up for the summer and he did drink quite a bit of chlorine pool water but he’s been peeing normally but his poop was really watery. Could it be the chlorine in his system?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A dog may breathe rapidly for a variety of reasons and may be due to pain, panting to help cool down among other reasons; if the rapid breathing isn’t constant and Brodie is not showing signs of exercise intolerance, I would keep an eye on him for the meantime. If there is no improvement or you’re generally concerned you should have your Veterinarian examine him to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lexi
Collie
4 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Quick Breaths

Hi there. I’m Sophie and I have a rescue dog called Lexi. She’s 4 years old and we’ve had her for nearly 3 years. In the last week or so she’s started to pant really quickly when she’s resting. She’s never done this before and I’m really worried. I also just noticed that she keeps licking a spot on her right side. I told my parents about this the other day but they said she’d stop doing it so no need to take her to the vets. She hasn’t stopped though and they’ve just flown off to Nice in France for 2 days. Lexi and I are staying at my grandparents house while they’re away and I don’t think my grandparents will take her to the vets as it will cost them a lot of money. I don’t know what to do and I’m panicking. She’s breathing really quickly right now and snoring so loud that it sounds like she’s growling. I can’t sleep I’m so worried. Please help :(

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Lexi, it is difficult to pinpoint specifically what the cause for the symptoms are however pain may result in an increase in respiration and if the pain originates in the abdomen Lexi may be trying to ‘lick it better’. Keep an eye on her and ensure that she is eating, drinking, defecating and urinating; however, if there is no improvement whilst your parents are in Nice, you should speak with them about visiting a Veterinarian on their return. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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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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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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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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Tilly
Wirehaired Vizsla
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fast breathing when pacing round

One of our dogs, a four year old Wirehaired Vizsla breathes very fast when she is walking around the house. She does not do this when asleep, is happy to exercise( comes back with normal panting) does not do this once settled on someone's lap or if we are all with her in a room. She has severe separation anxiety, if she comes out in the car with us it stops as she settles and sleeps. It only happens when she gets up, moves around to find one of us, lies down and it stops. She us virtually never left alone by humans and has two dogs for company. We think it us anxiety after being in kennels in June, she and the others were there longer than usual, 16 days, she had never been left for more than 10 before. She has always been a 'different' dog, very clingy almost like a person with autism in her behaviour, she does have a urate stone disorder but has a prescription diet and has never had a problem, is taken out to pee every three to four hours day and night, used to have allergies but this year they seem to have gone. I hate to see her do this fast breathing but she definitely doesn't seem to be ill, no temperature, no pain and stops as soon as she lies down with someone ( ideally on their lap) is it likely to be the anxiety and how do we treat that?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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While I can't examine Tilly or assess her cardiovascular function, from your description it does sound like her rapid breathing might be related to anxiety rather than disease. If she is that anxious at home, she may benefit from anti-anxiety medications, even for a short term. It would be worth discussing with your veterinarian, as they can prescribe appropriate medications for her, and a trial might tell you if anxiety is the cause of the problem, and help her be more at ease.

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Tucker
Coton de Tulear
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fast Breathing, Whining

Tucker is breathing fast while resting. He is also whining. He has cushings, positive for lyme and also has arthritis. He lost his companion 8 weeks ago. We gave him his prescribed pain meds and he has stopped whining. He still has some fast breathing and is asleep. Drinking water.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Fast breathing and whining would be associated with pain especially if he stopped whining after receiving the prescribed pain medication; without examining Tucker I cannot say whether there is another underlying condition affecting him or not but you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you. Tucker did sleep through the night, and upon waking still did have some fast breathing. His condition improved throughout the day and he ate breakfast and dinner. Hopefully, he will be back to his normal shenanigans soon! I am not sure what caused his pain and discomfort. Thank you and my best wishes go out to all the vets and pet parents! We will be contacting our vet, Dr. Ricketts to discuss the issue.

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Poppy
Jack Russell Terrier
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

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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PRINCE PABON
POODLE TERRIER
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

MY PRINCE IS ALMOST 4 YEARS OLD (POODLE MIXED TERRIER) AND AS WE WERE LAYING DOWN I NOTICED HIS EYES WERE BOTH RED AND HE STARTED TO BREATH HARD , I GAVE HIM A HUG N HE HIS BREATHING CALMED DOWN BUT THEN IT STARTED UP AGAIN, HE SEEMS TO BE A BIT LAZIER THAN NORMAL THESE PAST FEW WEEKS, IDK IF ITS BECAUSE HE GAINED SUM WEIGHT OR BECAUSE THE LAST 2 DAYS WE WERE NOT HOME AND I THOUGHT I WOULD SPOIL HIM AND BUY HIM CARNE ASADA TO EAT SINCE WE DIDNT HAVE HIS DOG FOOD AND WERE NOT CLOSE TO HOME. READING ALL THESE STORIES NOW HAS ME A BIT WORRIED. IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO FOR HIM TILL I GET HIM CHECKED OUT IN THE AM OR SHOULD I RUSH HIM SOMEWHERE? HE JUST LOOKS SAD TO ME :(

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Prince is struggling to breathe or in distress you should visit a Veterinarian immediately, if his breathing is slightly elevated and in general discomfort you should monitor him until morning and visit your Veterinarian. Without examining Prince I cannot say specifically what is causing these symptoms but you should ensure that he is kept hydrated and otherwise in good health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Onyx
Siberian Husky
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing

My dog has been doing rapid deep breathings, but they are short and spontaneous. I have only noticed it while he is laying down. Could it possibly be allergies? I'm worrying it could be something more serious.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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This breathing pattern may be normal for Onyx, or it may be a sign of respiratory disease. Since I can't see him or assess his heart or lungs, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian who can examine him and see if you have anything to worry about.

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Ozzie
Collie
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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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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Lily
Havanese/maltese
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing

Medication Used

Sentinel Flavor Tabs

I adopted a havanese maltese mixed puppy about 2 months ago. She is extremely active, energetic, playful, and happy. She seems healthy. She eats and drinks well. She is now 6 months old and has started losing her baby teeth. I have noticed that regardless of if she is sleeping, resting, or playing, her breathing rate is always fast. 60-80 breaths per minute. She has been like this the whole time we have had her. I watch her sleep next to my 2 year old dog who breaths very differently. She seems to take short rapid breaths and an occasional deep breath where he takes all deep long relaxed breaths. If I didn't have another dog, I probably would not have even noticed. All her medical records up until her 4 month appointment did not indicate any issues.

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Baby
Pomeranian
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

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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Bones
Bichon Frise
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

so 3 visits in 5 days and $800 dollars later, chest/abdo xrays, blood work, no idea what is wrong, waiting for radiologist to read xray of chest which shows some "white" area in the lung. possibly pneumonia. He had surgery 4 weeks ago for a cyst on his back, was under GA. He has rapid breathing of around 60 per minute at rest, he has been scittering from place to place room to room every few minutes, extremely agitated, trying to find dark corners or areas that are cave like and cool to crawl into, he is unsettled! gabapentin, Melixicam and some antibiotic are not making a difference. no liver or kidney problems. We think it might be his teeth, but vet says she's seen worse... question... how common is it for a dog to develop pneumonia after surgery? and would two or 3 weeks onset be within the range expected for something like aspiration pneumonia? His 2 week post surgery checkup was fine the other vet said when she took out his stitches. He is strictly and indoor dog, gets walked 45 minutes 3 times a day, no vomiting, no pee or poop problems or diarrhea. Now he's refusing to eat the last two days, like 0 food, will drink though, and just sleeps. I'm not sure why the vet can't figure this out, I've had two vets in same office now work him over. he has no temperature. concerned re his breathing rate which seems to be short, jilted breaths, not nice deep, slow inhalations. Do dogs get asthma? he is 9 years old. thanks in advance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally we would expect aspiration pneumonia to occur within a few days, however there are many different causes for the white areas on the x-ray; it can be difficult to determine what the specific cause is. Dogs do get asthma among other conditions which affect the lungs, however is can be difficult to narrow in on a diagnosis without extensive testing. If no cause can be found, you should consider visiting an Internal Medicine Specialist to help narrow in on a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Malcolm
Bullmastiff mix
6 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Rapid Breathing and heavy panting
Rapid breathing

My bullmastiff mix Malcolm has been panting heavily in the middle of the night for the past 3 nights. Our bedroom is cool with a.c. & ceiling fan, so I don't believe he's overheated. He is about 125lbs and active during the day.I don't know what is causing the panting. This is not normal behavior for him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the panting is a new problem for Malcolm, and you don't think that there is any change in temperature, it may be a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian so that they can assess his heart and lungs and make sure that nothing is going on that needs attention.

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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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Maximus
Lhasa Apso
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shallow Rapid Breathing

Medication Used

Rimadyl

My dog hurt his paw while crated (he has severe separation anxiety) on Wednesday. He exacerbated the injury yesterday and has been showing signs of severe pain. We went to our vet today and an x-ray showed no signs of fracture, though the vet did say if he doesn't improve more x-rays might be needed. He prescribed Rimadyl and I gave my dog his first pill at 3 this afternoon. He also was given his 3 year vaccinations (but not lepto) and a bordetella vaccination. By 545 he was breathing fast and shallow, and panting excessively, so I gave him about 2.5mg of CBD oil. (He's about 20lbs, and I consulted with a vet tech for dosage.) Within about 30 minutes he seemed much better, however for the last few hours he again has tachypnea at rest, and some panting. His appetite seems fine, though he won't walk to his bowls to eat or drink. I brought his bowls to him and he did eat and drink some. His guns appear to be pink, but I'm not an expert. I gave him about 20mg of Tramadol at around 930 but it doesn't seem to be helping at all. Should I bring him to an emergency vet hospital, or should I just give him some time?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You shouldn’t give tramadol to Maximus unless it is under the guidance of your Veterinarian, there are a few different reasons why a dog may be breathing fast or panting and may be due to pain, trying to cool down among other causes. You should monitor Maximus for the time being but you should visit your Veterinarian on Monday morning if he is still breathing fast. 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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King
Pit bull
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

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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Tabby
pitbull
8 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

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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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.

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

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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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Rodney
Anatolian Shepard/Unkown Mix
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing

Medication Used

clopidogrel
Prednisolone

My dog is breathing at 50-80 breaths per minute while sleeping after receiving melatsomine treatment for heartworm on 5/31. We consulted the vet where they took an Echocardiogram of his heart and lungs. The result showed no signs of hypertension in the lungs or any signs of damage/worm blockage in the heart.

With a positive prognosis, I am confused as to what could causing the heavy breathing.

He is currently prescribed 37.5mg Clopidogrel and 20mg Prednisolone every 24 hours.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some respiratory issues may be attributable to cell death, side effects of medication among other causes; I cannot say specifically what the cause of the symptoms are especially if your Veterinarian has given a clean bill of health. I don’t know what else I could suggest without examining Rodney first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.aavpt.org/resource/resmgr/imported/melarsomine.pdf

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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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Jazz
Rottweiler
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

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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Abby
Maltese
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

enlarge heart

My 9 yr maltese is breathing very heavy and cannot lay down she is building up of fluid in her and not visiting the bathroom to relieve the pressure, there is no vets open at this hour how can I make her comfortable until the morning, if she survives the night

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There is probably nothing that you can do for Abby if she isn't able to breathe comfortably or urinate. She will need to see a veterinarian if she is suffering. Your veterinarian should have an after hours number, or there may be a 24 hour clinic somewhere near you. I hope that she is okay.

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