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A puppy breathing fast, or erratically, can sometimes make you worry.
It might seem as if he's breathing way too quickly, or even that he's holding his breath.
When you combine
this with the normal twitching, wriggling and even whining or barking
that a many puppies indulge in when they're dreaming and it can be 'panic
stations' for the human members of the family.
I get many questions about this sort of situation, and the good news is that generally a puppy breathing irregularly when asleep is nothing to worry about!
Let's start with the way your puppy behaves when he's deeply asleep.
Young puppies are basically tiny babies, and they're either eating, playing, eliminating or sleeping... and sleeping takes up more time than any other activity.
Sleep is very important to puppies as it's when
their little bodies do most of their growing and developing, so it's
natural that it will be one of their favorite pastimes.
But puppies don't necessarily sleep in that 'dead to the world' way that some mature and older dogs do.
They may twitch, jerk or 'wriggle', whine or even bark..... and their breathing may seem very fast, or slow and shallow, or appear to 'stop-and-start' as if they're holding their breath.
If you're a mom or have spent much time around newborn human infants, you'll know that babies act the same way.
A puppy breathing fast, or taking erratic breaths, twitching, wriggling or whining is all quite normal, and usually nothing to worry about.
I'm not a veterinarian and I can't tell you for sure that your puppy is 100% healthy, or whether or not he has any problems that are related to the way he's breathing when he's asleep....
BUT if he is:
..... then chances are good that little Fido is just fine.
However, a puppy who has difficulty breathing when awake, or shows any other signs of illness could be different story.
Occasionally a puppy will be born with a
heart or circulatory problem and this may cause his breathing to be
extra fast, or shallow, as well as a number of other symptoms such as
tiring easily, failing to grow or put on weight at a normal rate.
If your puppy is breathing fast, or erratically, when AWAKE, and has any of these symptoms, get him examined by a veterinarian right away: