Why is My Dog Breathing Fast?

Tachypnea is a medical term for fast breathing in dogs. You saw dogs hanging out tongue breathing extremely fast. Tachypnea is common for dogs of any age, size, and breed. To understand whether your dog does have this condition, you should distinguish between abnormal panting and a normal one.

Sometimes it is okay when your dog breathes fast. For instance, if your pet’s body is overheated, it will breathe fast to reduce the temperature. Such a reaction is entirely healthy, and a dog owner should not worry about this. Besides, such a response is temporary, meaning that soon, the dog’s breathing rate will be back to normal. As for abnormal panting, it is not a short-term reaction that signs some physical or even emotional problems. One of this problem is disadvantage of living  space. If you keep your large dog in small dog crate – your pet can be knocked down with current.

For those who have not faced abnormal fast breathing that dogs can demonstrate, it may be hard to differentiate between normal and not healthy panting. Check out these signs to figure out whether everything is okay with your dog, or there’s something more serious:

  • the fast breathing is abnormal in the case when your pet has an average body temperature, and there is no need to regulate it
  • If the sound of a dog’s panting is louder than usual there is every likelihood of abnormal Tachypnea
  • a dog that suffers from abnormal panting seems to struggle with their breathing, and it is evident that a dog puts in effort into a breath.
  • The next time you watch your dog, pay attention to the hints mentioned above. Besides, if a dog’s panting occurs in specific situations, and such breathing is not a usual reaction in such moments, visit a doctor for a thorough examination.

The table shows some of the widespread causes of panting and those that are rarely diagnosed:

Commonly Diagnosed Causes Rare Causes
Chest traumas caused by accidents


Mild heart failure

Peritonitis (Feline Infectious)

Acid-base disorders

Blood parasites

Lung tumors

Collapsing trachea


Upper airways obstruction

Stimulants ingestion

Brain trauma

Pulmonary Edema


Lung parasites

Transfusion reactions

The occurrence of the Pheochromocytoma tumors on the Adrenal glands



Pet owners should not forget about the accompanying symptoms that include drinking lots of water, fatigue, vomiting, weak or absent appetite, weight loss, blue gums, diarrhea, etc. Any of these symptoms is the red light for dog owners, and the only thing is to react fast and take some measures.

What about treatment?

dog breathing fast

Before creating a treatment plan for your pet, you must be 100% sure that it has got an abnormal panting and define the cause of fast breathing. You should take into account two generally required recommendations that are critical no matter what causes abnormal panting:

Additionally, a vet will tell you if any anti-inflammatory or antibiotic therapy is needed. Frequently, vet doctors prescribe such treatments in cases of inflammatory or infectious illnesses. If an animal has got dehydration, fluid therapy is required.

While these are some of the possible causes related to physical health, there might also be some other underlying causes associated with emotional health. Frequently, dogs have abnormal panting due to some shock, as well as trauma. Dogs are living creatures, and their emotional health is as important as the physical one. Provide your beloved pet with proper care, a cozy environment free of stress, and healthy food. Your home should be well ventilated 24/7.

In any case, please, remember that it is always better to contact a vet doctor.

Joshua Milvert

Joshua Milvert has always passionately loved animals since his childhood. During high school, he firmly decided to dedicate the rest of his life to animals, and after graduating, he attended Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine for his undergraduate education. Joshua also studied Genetics and Development Biology. Joshua shares his passion with his other colleagues at the vet clinic, where they also provide necessary information regarding high-quality dog supplies recommending best products depending on the breed.

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