How can I help my dog with labored breathing?
- Oxygen therapy.
- IV fluids.
- Steroids to reduce airway inflammation.
- Bronchodilators to expand airway and increase airflow.
- Diuretics to treat fluid in lungs.
When should I be concerned about my dog 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).
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 does Laboured breathing look like in a dog? Constant panting. Sitting up with a wide stance to breathe (front legs/elbows spread out) Belly heaving in and out more as they breathe. Foaming or frothing at the mouth.