Q. In the last week my dog has been breathing heavy and aspirating when she eats. She has been eating and drinking faster then usual too. 12 years old
A. Your pet needs to be seen by your vet right away. Any difficulty breathing should be treated as an emergency. Your pet could be having an allergic reaction, is in pain for some reason, anxious, could have fluid in or around the lungs due to a heart condition, there are a number of possibilities. Your vet will do an exam, bloodwork and x-rays to determine the cause for the symptoms and get your pet started on treatment.