It’s a painful sight for the dog owners to see their furry companion struggling to breathe normally. To keep your dog’s health intact, dog owners need to make sure that their dog’s respiratory system is working well. Breathing difficulty in dogs can be due to various factors, and the dog’s of all breeds and age can suffer from this issue.

There can be various reasons behind your furry companion’s breathing problems such as allergy, congenital defects, cardiac disease, anxiety, obesity, hypoxemia (low oxygen level in blood), lungs disease etc. To stabilize the condition of your four-legged friend, the dog owner needs to address the factors that contribute to bringing change in hid dog’s breathing pattern.

Symptoms of breathing problems in dogs

  • Excessive panting
  • Open-mouthed breathing
  • Rapid breathing
  • Tongue hanging outside of the mouth
  • Labored breathing

These are a few symptoms that a dog will likely to show on having breathing problems. The dog owner should never ignore such signs and must rush to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Symptoms can also help in identifying the underlying cause of the issue.

Causes of breathing problems in dogs

To treat any problem effectively, it is essential to know the root cause of the issue.  Let’s find out some of the common causes of breathing problems in dogs:

  • Anxiety
  • Obesity
  • Infections
  • Allergies
  • Panting
  • Low oxygen level in the blood
  • Foreign object in throat or nose
  • Heartworm disease
  • Tracheal collapse
  • Anemia

So, these are a few causes of breathing problem in dogs. The dog owner needs to take his furry companion to a veterinarian then he will perform a physical test to examine his breathing pattern to know the cause of the issue.

Treating breathing problems in dogs

Breathing problem can cause a life-threatening situation for your furry companion. The dog owner needs to visit a veterinarian on noticing that his furry friend is facing a tough time in breathing normally. The veterinarian will probably

  • Prescribe some medications keeping in mind the underlying root cause of the issue
  • Introduce a new diet for your furry companion if the underlying cause is a heart disease
  • In a critical situation, your dog can also undergo surgical procedures.

Breathing problems can be easily cured by just following the advice of your veterinarian. You can add more years to your furry companion’s life by keeping his health intact.