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Breathing Difficulties

By Dr. Alison Norwich, DVM.  Reviewed by Dr. Elizabeth Davis, MVB

A normal dog should breathe easily and effortlessly. While a little panting after exercising is not a cause for concern, major changes in your dog’s breathing such as labored breathing, rapid breathing or excessive/inappropriate panting are all potentially serious issues.

Any sudden changes in your dog’s breathing can be signs of an emergency, especially if their gums are turning blue, brick red or pale/white. Any mild but chronic breathing issues lasting more than a few days should also get checked by a veterinarian.

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