What are the signs of respiratory distress in a dog?
- Rapid breathing or continuous panting.
- Long drawn out breathing.
- Being unable to settle and distress.
- Standing with elbows pointed outwards and the neck extended.
- Exaggerated or abnormal movement of the chest/abdomen while breathing.
- Blue gums.
- Open mouth breathing (in cats)
What do I do if my dog is having trouble breathing?
If your dog or cat is displaying any signs of breathing difficulties it’s time to head to the vet! Labored breathing should always be considered a veterinary emergency. In order to help your pet to breathe easier your vet will need to diagnose the underlying condition that is causing your pet’s breathing issues.
Why does my dog sound like he’s struggling to breathe?
Wheezing is the whistling sound that occurs when something blocks the normal flow of air in and out of the airway. It sounds like a human having an asthma attack, and the sound is usually more obvious when the dog exhales. Stridor signals a serious breathing issue in your dog and should be treated as an emergency.
When should I be concerned about my dog’s breathing?
Talk to your vet If you are unsure if your dog is breathing normally, try to count his or her breathing rate (remembering that 10-35 breaths per minute is considered normal and anything over 40 breaths per minute is definitely a cause for concern).