Is there anything as lovely as watching your roly-poly puppy asleep on the couch? Of course not. But the latest thing that has probably come to your notice is that it seems the puppy breathing fast erratically or in a funky manner especially when asleep. And that might be a mind-boggling phenomenon, isn’t it?
Difference Between Tachypnea,Dyspnea and Painting
To understand better, it’s crucial that we learn the difference between Tachypnea, Dyspnea, and panting.
Tachypnea is a medical term used to describe abnormal rapid breathing in puppies and dogs and is considered nothing to worry about unless it relates to other symptoms. Tachypnea is characterized by a rate of breathing higher than normal, but most the puppy will have their mouth closed.
Dyspnea or labored breathing is a bit serious, and when it happens, an immediate vet consultation is a wise idea as it could be a sign of a serious ailment.
Panting is normal for dogs as they cannot sweat like humans and the only sweat glands they have are on their foot pads. Panting is common when the weather is hot or after physical activity. It shouldn’t be confused with tachypnea.
What could be the causes of Puppy Breathing Fast?
There is a list of medical conditions associated with fast breathing in puppies. Respiratory and non-respiratory diseases such as asthma, heartworms, anemia and heart disease can result in respiratory distress.
The inflammation of the abdomen is also a medical reason for fast breathing, and this may need immediate attention.
Additionally, puppy suffering from fever or pain is prone to fast breathing.
Signs of fast breathing as a result of an illness include:
- – Movement of the chest and belly when breathing
- – Nostrils may flare open when breathing
- -Noisy and rough breathing
- – Abnormal resting positions such as elbow sticking out from the body.
- – The head and neck are extended
- Fear and stress
Puppies can at times get emotionally worked up when exposed to situations they are not comfortable with.
For instance, traveling with your puppy while they are inside a crate may cause rapid breathing until you have reached your destination. In this case, you should consider training them to adjust to riding in the car and starting slow and offering rewards and tasty treats.
Yes, you read right. Puppies usually dream a lot more than adult dogs.
In fact, they can even bark, whine, growl and move in their sleep. The brain waves at this time are very fast and irregular, and the mental activity may accelerate resulting in rapid breathing.
Therefore, sleep is considered as a good exercise for puppies as it trains the respiratory system and is crucial for development.
Your puppy could be really hot after an exercise or when the surrounding temperatures are too high. The only way to cool down is to breath fast while the mouth is open (panting). You need to offer them fresh cold water for cooling.
Adult Dog Asleep Vs. Puppy Asleep
An adult dog breathes much more different from a puppy while asleep. Grown up dogs are usually quiet and very calm while asleep but may sometimes be accompanied by snores and twitches but it’s usually without sounds.
For a puppy, the sleep is more active as they like moving, twitching as if the whole body is participating in the dreams.
Should You be Worried about Puppy Breathing Fast?
On most situations, a puppy breathing fast isn’t anything to be worried about. However, if you’re suspecting something wrong, you need to watch these signs:
- -Not eating and drinking
- -Signs of rapid breathing when awake for no significant reason
- – Fatigue and lethargy
- -Being dull and not playing as usual
- – Sleeping more and lying down anywhere even after a short exercise
- – Issues with growth. You can tell this by checking whether he’s developing and gaining weight like other puppies of his age
- – A chronic cough especially in the morning and when he’s lying down
If you notice your puppy breathing fast with these symptoms on top, you need to consult a vet immediately to confirm everything is well. However, you should not be worried if the puppy is breathing fast only when asleep.
Treatment of Tachypnea in Puppies
The method of treatment in case of fast breathing will depend on the underlying cause.
If rapid breathing occurs when the puppy is asleep, you need not to worry about anything. If stressed or
scared, you need to calm him down and try to train him on how to deal with stressors.
For any respiratory concerns, you should immediately pay a visit to a vet to avoid serious consequences such as death.
Has your puppy been breathing fast occasionally? It’s okay for you to think that something is wrong with him, but there’s a higher chance that he’s completely normal.
However, if you notice anything out of the ordinary for your puppy, you need to schedule a checkup with the vet.