Why is my dog breathing heavy 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.

How do you calm a heavy dog breathing?

If your dog is breathing heavily because of heat stroke, you can help actively cool down him or her. This can include draping a wet towel over them and placing a fan in front of them. Your dog may also be given a low dose of a sedative to help calm them down.

What are the signs of respiratory distress in a dog?

The most common signs of respiratory problems include:
  • Coughing.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Gagging after coughing.
  • Nasal congestion.
  • Exercise intolerance.
  • Fainting.
  • Wheezing.
  • Blue gums.