It is normal to pant dogs, especially when they are hot, excited or active. A very severe panting, however, can be a sign that a dog is frantically serious, facing a chronic health problem or a potentially fatal trauma.
Normal and abnormal causes of panting
There are two types of exhaustion: natural and unnatural. Natural panting usually occurs when the dog’s body is overheated and is considered a natural and healthy reaction. On the other hand, abnormal breathing may be a sign that the dog has a physical or emotional problem that requires further investigation.
You can tell the difference between these two types of pantings by searching for these tags:
Excessive abnormal wheezing compared to normal dog behavior
This happens during periods when your dog is not too hot and does not need to cool his body
It does not look like a natural panting – it can be stronger or harder, for example
Your dog exercises more than usual while panting
If your dog suddenly starts to pant at inappropriate times or if it seems heavier than usual, you should worry, but do not panic. Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to discuss and check your pet’s symptoms.
Causes of panting fast
Exhaustion leading to heat stroke – the higher the temperature of the dog, the higher the temperature. Other signs of high fever include excessive thirst, high body temperature, glassy eyes, tongue or dark red tongue or gum, and heart rate.
If your body temperature reaches 109 degrees Fahrenheit or more, this causes a sun stroke. The cells begin to die quickly. The brain swells, causing cramps. Lack of blood in the gastrointestinal tract causes ulcers. Drought causes irreversible kidney damage. All these catastrophic events occur in minutes.
It is important that pet owners take all necessary measures to avoid overheating. While the dog shows symptoms of a sunburn, it is often too late to save it.
Prepare for a race – short-headed breeds, short faces in dogs or “sunk” (eg, clay, Boston dogs, boxers and bulldog) tend to pant a lot because many breathing difficulties in life. Because of the upper respiratory problems experienced by these dogs, they often do not weigh effectively and are at risk of being attacked by heat.
It is important to take precautions if you have brachy to travel by plane or even by car. A brachycephalic pet will be more difficult in the warm car than other pets.
If you have muscles, it is important to recognize your usual breathing habits so you can act quickly if the situation changes. is not stable for her as for dogs with a extended muzzle.
If you notice an increase, amplification or other change in the breathing sounds of your pet, it is important to note it.
Pain – If the dog is uncomfortable or has a painful condition, severe or repeated breathlessness may be one of the first signs of problems. If your dog is panting for no apparent reason or at different times, for example at night, it is usually resting, and appointments are made with your veterinarian.
Keep in mind that your dog companion can not tell you that she is in pain, so it’s up to you to see that behavioral changes suggest she may be in pain.
Heart and lung disease – One symptom of heart condition such as enlarged myocardial infarction in dogs is excessive swelling.
Other signs include frequency or reduced ability to exercise, rapid fatigue, increased breathing and coughing. There may also be sudden spells of weakness or fainting. Some dogs with heart disease have enlarged abdomen and difficulty breathing due to fluid buildup.
The patient’s heart can not pump blood efficiently throughout the body, so tissue is deprived of oxygen. Your dog’s body will increase its respiration rate in an attempt to compensate for hypoxia, and the result will be breathless.
With low heart pumping capacity, blood pressure may increase in the veins behind the heart. Congestion and accumulation of lungs
panting fast is common and when the lungs can not transport oxygen to the blood, hypoxia causes the dog to breathe faster and more vigorously. The result is excessive acrobatics.
Cushing’s disease – A dog with Cushing’s disease, or hyperthyroidism, has adrenal glands that release a lot of cortisol. Cortisol is a varied hormone, which can cause, in excessive numbers, symptoms of a large size, one of the first increase in craving.
Other symptoms include increased thirst and urination, weight gain (often in spite of low calorie intake), skin thinning and skin changes from pink to gray or even black bruises. Hair loss, irritability or excitement.
Anemia – When your dog has an abnormally low volume of red blood cells and does not have enough hemoglobin
Heart rate, pale mucous membranes (usually observed in the mouth – gums and / or tongue becomes white to pale pink), mental confusion, loss of appetite, rapid breathing and breakdown. If the animal passes a large amount of digested blood from the gastrointestinal tract, there will be black, feces stool.
Laryngeal paralysis – This is a disorder in which muscles and cartilage open and close a malfunction in the larynx. When a dog inspires it, the throat cartilage does not open properly, making breathing difficult. This results in restricted airflow and noisy and loud moments.
Anxiety, tension, fear, phobia – anxiety dogs, stressed or suffers from phobia often noise in moments. These are “behavioral moments“, usually there are other signs of discomfort, such as frequent yawning, speed, whining or crying, licking lips, quivering, hiding, in extreme cases, loss of bladder or bowel control.
Short-term reactions to stressful or unknown events allow your dog to prepare to fight or escape if necessary, and is perfectly normal. However, chronic fear response for long periods can cause potential physical and emotional problems that shorten your dog’s life and have a negative impact on their quality of life.
When you see your veterinarian
Remember that the dog is normal to pant fast after exercise or excitement or when it is hot.
Call your veterinarian immediately if any of the following conditions apply:
Your dog starts breathing suddenly.
You think the dog may be a nuisance.
Constant and steady panting.
Your tongue or your dog’s gums show blue, purple or white – this is proof that your pet does not get enough oxygen.