Suppose you realized that your ever-excited dog is wheezing; it most likely that you will panic. Understand that in most instances, wheezing is caused by cyclic allergies or when something hinders the normal in and outflow of air, resulting in dog wheezing. The obstruction may occur in the windpipe. In most cases, if your dog is wheezing, he may freak out or try lying down to take in the air well. Regular wheezing lasts for a few seconds and is characterized by coughing, nasal exudation, breathing difficulties, and whistling.
Causes of wheezing
Wheezing in dogs occurs due to various factors. Some dogs wheeze due to deteriorated health or weight increase. For others, it may happen when they breathe in some trash.
- Cyclical allergies
- Collapsed windpipe
- Kennel cough
- Respiratory infections
- Heart diseases
- Foreign bodies stuck in the dog’s trachea
What to do when your dog is wheezing
Stay calm. Dogs sense when you are stressed and panicked, and you aim to keep them comfortable.
Take your dog to a well-ventilated area and has good airflow.
If your dog is outside where triggers of wheezing are, move him inside and observe if the symptoms will improve.
You can take a video of your dog’s wheezing and any other symptoms he is experiencing. The video will help the vet to understand how it happened. Sometimes, when you take him to the vet, the wheezing may have stopped, but the video will help the vet know how he behaves while wheezing.
If your dog is wheezing due to the occurrence of seasonal allergies, minimize interaction with the known things that cause allergies to your dog. For example, you can decide to take your dog for a walk during the mid-day instead of late in the evening or early morning, when it is cold, and the allergies are likely to be more predominant.
Avoid using strongly scented perfumes in your house. After every walk, use pet wipes to remove any allergens and aggravations. Bath your dog with a gentle shampoo to clear any agents in his fur that could irritate.
Remove any foreign obstacle. If your dog has eaten anything which could be blocking his airway, try getting it out or run to the veterinary immediately. Monitor his playtime to evade the occurrence of such an incident. Don’t let your dog chew sticks or toys which break easily. They could lead to choking.
Treatment for a wheezing dog
Infections require treatment using antibiotics. This helps the dog to relax the muscles in his trachea and enable him to breathe with ease. Besides, your vet will recommend the best drug for your dog.
- Environmental adjustment
Your vet doctor will recommend that you make changes to your environment, such as avoiding harsh chemicals and cleaning your house regularly to prevent dirt. Avoid smoking when your dog is around, as it could cause irritation, wheezing, changing your air filters regularly, and not using strong scented cleaning products in your house.
- Diet modifications
Feed your dog a healthy balanced diet to keep his immune system fit.
- Monitor your dog’s health
If you notice any breathing difficulties, take your dog to the vet instantly.
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