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

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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.

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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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