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Q. My dog can't breath when she sleeps, she is constantly trying to find the right place to sleep.She breaths really heavy and stands to pant when she

Answered By
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM

A. Having an increased respiratory rate and effort during sleep is a tell tale sign of congestive heart failure. I would highly recommend scheduling an appointment with your vet for a full physical and chest x-rays to find out if this is the cause. There are medications to help manage this condition.

Answered By
DR. JENNIFER LADD, DVM

A. Your dog needs some chest X-rays. In an 11 year old dog we need to consider bacterial and fungal infections, but also different types of cancer. Sadly, in dogs, many cancers spread to the lungs making breathing more laborious.


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