Why Is My Dog Breathing Heavy? Is This Kennel Cough?


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Normally, symptoms of kennel cough will develop within a week after a dog has been exposed. The most common symptoms are a dry, hacking cough followed by retching, and coughing up a white foamy discharge. The cough is brought on by an inflammation of the trachea (windpipe) and bronchi (the air passages to the lungs). Some dogs also develop conjunctivitis ("pink eye"), rhinitis (inflamed nasal mucous membrane), and a nasal discharge.

In mild cases, dogs will be alert and continue to eat normally. In more severe cases, a dog can become feverish, depressed, lethargic, expel a thick yellow or green nasal discharge, and possibly even develop pneumonia. Some very severe cases are fatal.

If you suspect your dog has kennel cough, isolate the affected animal from all other dogs, and contact your veterinarian immediately! Kennel cough spreads easily and quickly from dog-to-dog through the air. Keep all food and water bowls, and toys separated. Additionally, some pathogens that cause kennel cough can be transmitted from dog to dog via fomites (clothes, shoes, etc.). If you think one of your dogs has kennel cough, wash yourself and your clothes, and disinfect your shoes before you come into contact with your healthy dogs.
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My dog is breathing very heavily and is having trouble standing and walking, her nose is a little runny and she seems to be in pain... What could this mean please help I really love my dog and she means the world to me I am only 14 and if I lose her I don't know what I'll do
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Heavy breathing in dogs due to exercise and exposure to hot conditions is normal. Some medical conditions can also cause heavy breathing. Most common causes of heavy breathing in dogs are

   1. Pain
   2. Oxygen deficiency

Pain can be due to variety of reasons, e.g. Trauma, arthritis etc. Oxygen can be due to

   1. Heart diseases
   2. Lungs diseases
   3. Trauma, pneumonia
   4. Fluid in lungs
   5. Bleeding in lungs
   6. Obstruction of air passage

Heavy breathing and panting during nights is usually due to congestive heart failure. In my opinion, you should take your dog to vet for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
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What is age of your dog? At what time your dog breath heavily? If he does after exercise or under hot and humid conditions then its normal because dogs breath heavily under these conditions. If your dog is old then heart disease are suspected. Heartworm infestation is another cause of heavy breathing in all age groups of dogs. Following are some common reasons of heavy breathing in dogs that require vet visit.
  1. Disease of lungs like pulmonary edema, bleeding in lungs, pneumonia, trauma etc
  2. Obstruction of air passage
  3. Heart diseases
  4. Heartworm
So, you should take your dog to vet for diagnosis and treatment.
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She breathe heavy and her stomach seems to be swollen, also.   She will only sit on her butte.   Will not lay down at all.   I notice on her side at night to sleep.   Please help!   So What do think this can be?
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There are two reasons why your dog could be breathing heavily. One is pain, and the second is lack of oxygen.

To check for the first, look for any injuries on the dog. Check they eyes to make sure they are not scratched, move the legs, and gently poke the abdomen.

If it's not pain, then your pet could have something as serious as a heart problem, or something as minor as a chest congestion. If your dog is reluctant to lie down (as this makes it more difficult to breathe deeply) then this is possibly the case. Check the gums, they should be a healthy pink color, and if they look slightly blue or gray, there is a lack of oxygen in the blood. If that is the case then take your dog to the vet.

The symptoms of Kennel Cough include coughing and foaming at the mouth, so that is not the problem at hand.

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This can of breath is also referred to as  halitosis and has many causes to it
 soft tissues of the mouth can be effected which can be due to bacterial formed by airborne germs .
A tiny  bacterial coating at teeth level can appear due to defective oral hygiene because of over  exhaled air. You can overcome this with the thorough dental brushing.
I would also advice you to see the vet over this because this is so crucial.
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This just started today.  She is drinking a lot and eating fine, urinating fine and stools are okay just loose. Could she have caught the virus I just got over.  I was very fatigue and in bed for 3 days with fever and chills.  No signs of infection and I had no ear, throat or lung problems.
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If your dog breaths heavily after exercise, exposure to hot then it is normal. Some pathological conditions can also cause heavy breathing in dogs which should be investigated by the vet. When dogs have pain they breath heavily. Heart and lungs diseases also cause heavy breathing. Obstruction of air passage and nervous conditions are other causes of heavy breathing in dogs. So, you should visit your local vet for diagnosis and treatment.
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Lethargy and lack of eating and drinking (and respiration) are just universal symptoms that your pup isn't feeling well, in pain and needing a vet. That could be almost anything and just mean that something is wrong at this point. Your vet will be able to narrow things down a bit after an exam and talking to you a bit about what has been going on and some history. I hope your baby is feeling better soon.
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Both viral and bacterial causes of kennel cough are spread through the air by infected dogs sneezing and coughing. It can also spread through contact with contaminated surfaces and through direct contact. It is highly contagious. Exposure occurs in environments where there are other dogs in proximity, such as kennels, dog shows, and groomers. Symptoms begin usually 3 to 5 days after exposure. The disease can progress to pneumonia. I suggest you Dry cough remedies through this you get instant of knowledge about How do you get rid from  cough .

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emma danish answered
Dogs breath heavy or pant (panting)in order to cool down so they don't get too hot if its excising your dogs may be over weight and need a controlled diet and exercise regular
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If your dog is breathing heavy it might be because it is scared or tired from running and exercise. Just in case its a disease or a diagnoses visit a local vet to check.
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Meta Forrest answered
You don't say when he had his surgery , but it will take between 48-72 hours after surgery for your dog to get over the operation .
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Heavy breathing in dogs can be normal especially after physical exercise, nervous conditions and hot and humid conditions. If your dog is breathing heavily without these conditions then some medical cause can be considered. These can be

1. Heart diseases
2. Heartworm
3. Pain
4. Trauma
5. Lungs diseases
6. Pneumonia
7. Fluid in lungs
8. Bleeding in lungs
9. Obstruction of air passage

So, take your dog to vet for proper diagnosis and advice.

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