If the dog breathes badly, we face a problem with many nuances and intensities. It is therefore not easy to determine precisely the gravity of the situation.
A dog may have a bad breath or – to use the terms of his thought – have what is called “breathlessness” for a variety of reasons. In the first place, it is good to try to understand if it is a purely temporary-temporary situation, due and limited to a particular event, or if it hides deeper roots.
This is due to the fact that similar situations occur for us human beings: shortness of breath after a short period and a flagrant practice is one thing, another is to no longer be able to climb the stairs of his own condominium, but in everyday life.
In short, it is normal to have a little shortness of breath and not breathe well after an effort of a certain type, but the discomfort should only last a few minutes! If not, instead – for us and our four-legged friends – we need to ask ourselves a few more questions and get to the bottom of things.
What to do when the dog breathes badly?
Taking note that this is not a simple moment of fatigue, we can say that it is most of the time a problem related to the respiratory tracts. In this sense, we can then distinguish the inspiratory act from the expiratory act.
The substance is that, in this type of situation, more serious pathologies can develop, such as bronchitis, tracheitis and pneumonia – which can in turn be of various types and natures: by inhalation of irritating substances for example, but also viro-bacterial, or allergic and parasitic.
In other cases, the problem may relate to the heart device or, in any case, the thoracic region. In the first case, we may be confronted with pulmonary edema or pericardial effusion; in the second case, it could lead to pleural effusions, true torsion of the pulmonary lobe or diaphragmatic hernia.
You can be very worried if the dog breathes badly while sleeping, especially if it is a puppy: we understand the sorrow of love, because seeing your sleeping friend, asleep but suffering, you will feel a little helpless because it will be difficult to understand how much the animal is suffering.
How to monitor the dog’s breath
First of all a fact: remember that a dog takes on average between 18 and 34 breaths per minute. So, if you comply with these parameters, in principle, you do not have to worry. Watch carefully before alarming yourself.
A small intermezzo in which we reassure the owners that it can be absolutely normal that the dog has trouble breathing during all the situations in which he is forced to move with the carrier, whether the trip is in the car or not . to move on foot.
But situations in which a dog can breathe badly do not stop there. For example, the cause may also be an acid-base imbalance. Or fever and heat stroke: seemingly banal but still boring for the dog.
Causes that can lead to bad breathing
Any kind of intense pain therefore has a negative impact on breathing: herniated disc, trauma of the spine, intense abdominal pain.
Sometimes, in case of dyspnea – that is to say, when one breathes badly – the dog can even go to vomit: the vomit must undoubtedly be taken as an alarm bell. If in this case the dog expels from the mouth, there are situations of paroxysmal breathing in which the dog breathes seriously through the nose. In both cases, it is advisable to contact your veterinarian.
It can be even more disturbing to see your dog literally breathing “jerky” as if he were possessed: even then, it is good not to waste time and take him to the nearest clinic because it’s hard to be a mere heat stroke. . In the case of tachypnea, however, the dog breathes significantly faster.
In all these situations, the dog – tendentially – is also unappetizing and, when a dog is not eating, it is good that a warning light is lit on the head.
Not only food, but liquids as well: your four-legged friend will have trouble drinking, struggling with breathing problems. The veterinarian will assess the severity of the disease, which will not be impossible for you to do “home”. The dog may need to do an analysis, but often nothing intrusive.
Carefully evaluate what you have read in this article before alarming yourself unnecessarily, but never take your dog’s health lightly!