What respiratory rate is too high for dogs? An average healthy pet should take between 15 to 35 breaths per minute when resting. (Of course, while exercising, your pooch will naturally breathe faster). Anything above 40 breaths per minute while your dog is at rest, is considered abnormal and worth investigating.
Why is my dog breathing fast while resting? If you notice that your dog is breathing fast while at rest, or breathing fast while sleeping, they could be experiencing respiratory distress. Contact your vet if you notice any of the following signs: Noticeably labored breathing (engaging stomach muscles to help breathe) Pale, blue-tinged or brick red gums.
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 can you do to help a dog breathe better?
- Stay out of hot and humid environments. Dogs don’t sweat like we do, meaning they are more prone to breathing problems caused by hot and humid climates.
- Reduce excitement or exercise.
- Sterile Nasal drops.
- Purchase an oxygen mask for dogs and tank.