Causes for panting in dogs are many | Local News
Wheezing can be a sign of many different diseases and changes in body temperature. A temperature above 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit is considered a fever in dogs. Wheezing can be the symptom indicating that your pet has a fever. A rise in body temperature can be caused by many things, including infection or heat stroke.
Heat stroke can occur if your pet is outside for long periods of time without access to fresh, clean water, or if they play outside in the heat for long periods of time. Dogs cannot sweat through their skin like humans and can only dissipate heat by panting and through their paw pads. Symptoms of heat stroke include wheezing, shaking, excessive salivation, collapse, red gums and skin, diarrhea, vomiting, and seizures.
Our pets get seasonal allergies like their human counterparts. Inhalation allergies can cause inflammation of the upper respiratory tract and cause difficulty breathing, which in turn leads to wheezing.
There is usually a lot of foam in the throat and your pet sounds clogged. Inflammation of the airways can lead to secondary bacterial infections of the upper and lower airways as well as inflammation of the lower airways.
Stress or anxiety can lead to excessive wheezing and tremors. Loud noises like thunderstorms and new pets or people can be very traumatic to your pet.
If you find that your pet is not coping well in such a situation, you can talk to your veterinarian about behavior-modifying medications or simply remove the source of stress from your home.
Wheezing can be caused by severe pain.
Your pet cannot tell you that something is hurting. This is his way of expressing this to you.
You can also see muscle tremors and tremors when your pet is in pain.
There can be a variety of causes, ranging from arthritis to abdominal pain to a bladder infection.
Heart disease can be a serious cause of your pet’s wheezing. An enlarged heart can compress the lungs, and heart failure can cause fluid to build up around and within the lungs.
Ingestion of a toxic material can start with wheezing and lead to other symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, seizures, and collapse. There is a long list of toxic substances, household products, and foods that should be avoided in your pets. Just some of them are chocolate, nicotine, garlic, onions, rodenticides and human medicines.
Low blood sugar can cause shaking and wheezing and typically occurs in puppies and small breed dogs.
The best prevention against hypoglycemia is frequent feeding. However, if your dog has a low blood sugar episode, you can always put a teaspoon of honey on the gums to increase the sugar levels.
If your dog’s condition does not improve after being given honey, or if your dog has collapsed, immediate medical attention is needed.
Trauma, accidents, or internal injuries can result in shock, which can lead to wheezing and tremors.
In any of these cases, your pet needs immediate veterinary attention. Internal injuries may not be reflected in the appearance of your pet. Tests will need to be done, including blood tests, x-rays, and ultrasounds to rule out internal damage.
Remember, these are just a few things that can lead to wheezing.
It’s best to see a doctor early if you have any concerns about your pet’s health.
Dr. Shana Bohac is a veterinarian and owner of the Navarro Small Animal Clinic.