A healthy dog should have a normal rhythm to their breathing, and their chest and stomach should move in and out together. If the dog is breathing from his stomach, this could mean that he’s having a hard time removing the air from their lungs and the breathing is becoming labored. This could be a form of Dyspnea (shortness of breath or labored breathing in dogs and cats) that should alert you that your dog may be in respiratory distress.
This is a medical emergency; you should get your pet to the vet as soon as possible. The condition could be caused by fluid or air around your pet’s lungs, congestive heart failure, or bronchitis. We’ll talk more about dogs breathing from their stomachs and the possible causes below.
What Causes a Dog to Breathe from Their Stomach?
There are a few reasons your dog might be breathing from his stomach.
If you suspect any of these conditions in your canine friend, it’s imperative that you get the dog to the vet immediately.
What Are the Signs of Dyspnea in Dogs?
Labored breathing can affect dogs of any age, but it’s more common in adults than in puppies.
Here are some of the signs of dyspnea in dogs:
These signs of Dyspnea can be very frightening to you as the pet owner. However, you need to be calm, help your dog to try and calm down, then get the dog to the vet immediately for a diagnosis and treatment of the condition the dog is suffering from. It’s also a good idea to know how to do CPR on your dog, just in case the worst happens and you need to save the dog’s life.
A dog in respiratory distress is at risk, and clearly needs attention and proper diagnosis and treatment. Please do not hesitate and make your way to the veterinary clinic.
Not being able to breathe is a horrible feeling, whether you’re a human or a dog. It’s not normal for a dog to breathe from his stomach, and you should be concerned, especially if it doesn’t return to normal immediately. Prompt veterinary treatment is necessary if your dog has labored breathing, and although some conditions are more severe than others, your vet can treat the issue and help your pet breathe normally again.
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